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7 Small Sectional Sofas to Maximize Comfort in Limited Spaces

by Walker Furniture

small sectional couch in a modern luxury living room

At a Glance:

Benefits of Sectionals

How to Measure Your Space for New Furniture

How to Design Small Spaces

7 Favorite Small Sectionals

FAQ

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If you are designing a small living room space, a small sectional might be the stylish and space-efficient solution you’ve been searching for. A sectional allows you to maximize seating while taking up a smaller footprint. You can find a comfortable and sophisticated sectional whether your design style is coastal, modern, or traditional. Also, sectionals often feature chaises, ottomans, or recliners to help you create a cozy living room perfect for lounging.

In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of sectionals, how to design small spaces, and recommend 7 of our favorite small sectionals. Then, we’ll answer frequently asked questions and share ways to save on living room furniture from Walker Furniture.

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Benefits of Sectionals

What is a sectional? As the name suggests, sectionals are individual pieces of a couch that combine to create an oversized couch perfect for lounging. They are a great option for small living rooms, for big families, or for people who love to entertain. They’re also a good choice for those who want to create a comfortable, relaxing living room for lounging. Many sectionals feature a chaise lounge or recliner seat for stretching out.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a small space sectional sofa:

  • Space Optimization: Sectionals are designed to maximize seating capacity while taking up minimal floor space. For example, a sectional that seats five or six people takes up less room than if you had a separate couch and loveseat to seat five people. Separate couches and loveseats require space in between them whereas a sectional combines all the seating into one piece.
  • Versatility: Sectionals offer a range of seating options, including chaises, loveseats, and corner units. This versatility allows for adapting the sectional to different room shapes and sizes, catering to specific seating needs.
  • Storage Solutions: Many sectionals come with built-in storage options, such as hidden compartments, lift-up chaises, or cup holders. These storage features provide valuable space-saving solutions for storing items like blankets, pillows, or remote controls.
  • Comfort and Relaxation: Sectionals often offer ample space for stretching out and lounging, providing a cozy and comfortable seating area. They eliminate the need for additional chairs or couches, simplifying the room's design while offering a relaxing environment.
  • Style and Aesthetics: Sectionals come in a wide range of designs, colors, and materials to suit various decor styles. They can be a focal point or seamlessly blend into the room's overall design, adding style and sophistication to the space.
  • Easy Maintenance: Sectionals are typically easy to clean and maintain due to their removable and washable cushion covers. This feature is particularly useful for small rooms where spills or stains are more likely to occur.
  • Socializing and Gatherings: Sectionals provide a comfortable and intimate seating arrangement, making them perfect for small gatherings and socializing. They encourage conversation and create a cozy atmosphere for spending time with family and friends.
  • Flexibility for Future Rearrangements: If you ever need to change the layout of your room or move to a new space, sectionals can be easily reconfigured and adapted to different environments, offering long-term flexibility.

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How to Measure Your Space for New Furniture

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Especially in a smaller living room space, you need to measure and plan out your floor plan before you purchase furniture. You must measure entries, passages, and rooms. Take into account the doorways and hallways you will need to pass through on the way to your living room. Additionally, consider any special architectural details, railings, or light fixtures that you may encounter on the way.

When measuring a sofa or sectional, make sure to measure in all directions. Measure the width from arm to arm, the height from the back at the highest point, the depth from the outside edge of the seat all the way to the back, and the diagonal depth from the top back of the frame to the bottom front. In terms of proportions, a good rule of thumb is for a sofa to be about two thirds of the size of the room.

How to Design Small Spaces

Designing a small space comes with unique challenges. Your living room is a central space in your home that likely serves several purposes, and you want to make sure you have the furniture and breathing room for it to function well for your family. A small sectional is a great way to maximize seating in a smaller floor plan. Here are several other tips for designing small spaces:

➤ Avoid Clutter: If you have a small space, it’s important to avoid physical clutter and visual clutter throughout the room. Too many accessories or furniture pieces contribute to physical clutter and make your room feel too tight. Visually, too many textures or patterns can make your space feel smaller. Dark and heavy furniture also makes your room seem more packed. Opt for minimal furniture in size, silhouette, and number of pieces throughout the room.
➤ Consider the Color Palette: Choose warm neutral tones that help bounce light around the room. A small space is not the moment for a bold-colored wall or loud wallpaper print.
➤ Choose Multifunctional Furniture: Choose furniture pieces that do “double duty.” For example, choose an ottoman that doubles as storage. Choose a TV cabinet or media console that doubles as a bookshelf. Choose end tables with storage drawers and shelves. If you choose multifunctional furniture, you can avoid the mistake of cluttering your room with too much furniture. 
➤ Limit Yourself to One Focal Point: If you have your heart set on a gallery wall or an elegant chandelier, go for it! Just keep in mind that you need to choose simplicity and subtlety elsewhere in your room to create a sense of balance.
➤ Anchor Your Room with a Rug: A rug can help anchor your room and create a defined space for conversation and lounging.

7 Favorite Small Sectionals

Now, let's talk about seven of our favorite small sectionals from Walker Furniture.

Dunes 2 Piece Sectional (Brown)

Dunes 2 Piece Sectional (Brown)

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The Dunes 2 Piece Sectional (Brown) features elegant tufting that gives this smaller sectional a refined feel. You can center it in your room or orient it as a small corner sectional to further save space. Imagine yourself stretching out on the plush chaise with its soft brown upholstery. Again, exposed legs add a sense of airiness to help make your space feel lighter and larger.

Dusty 2 Piece Sectional

Dusty 2 Piece Sectional

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The Dusty 2 Piece Sectional is a soft small section couch perfect for curling up and feeling cozy. The neutral gray and simple lines easily adapt to many design styles from modern to contemporary to transitional. This sectional is slightly larger than the previous recommendations, so make sure to measure your space to ensure it will fit.

Despacito Sleeper Sectional

Despacito 3 Piece Sleeper Sectional

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The Despacito Sleeper Sectional features all the bells and whistles, including two cup holders, headrests, and dual sleeper pullout sofas. If you are looking for a way to maximize not only seating space but also sleeping options when you have guests, this is the perfect option. Among our lineup of small-scale sectional sofas, this one was created with lounging in mind.

Specks 2 Piece Sectional

Specks 2 Piece Sectional

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The Specks 2 Piece Sectional is a soft-to-the-touch small sectional with ottoman. The speckled, almost textured finish adds interest without being too busy. It’s a light, neutral shade that would pair well with a number of accent colors. When paired with the ottoman, this small sectional gives you plenty of opportunities to stretch out and relax.

Sensations 2 Piece Sectional

Sensations 2 Piece Sectional

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The Sensations 2 Piece Sectional is a simple, chameleon-like small sectional perfect for almost any design style. If you’re someone who likes to refresh your room every now and then or swap out accessories from time to time, this small sectional is the perfect neutral backdrop.

Opulent 2 Piece Sectional

Opulent 2 Piece Sectional

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The Opulent 2 Piece Sectional is a luxurious take on the typical sectional with its rolled arm and nailhead trim. This living room small sectional is perfect for a traditional, country, or farmhouse design. The warm neutral sand-like color helps lighten and brighten your space, and the chaise and tapered legs add to this piece’s elegance.

Purity 2 Piece Sectional

Purity 2 Piece Sectional

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The Purity 2 Piece Sectional is a sleek, contemporary choice for the fashion-forward living room. This small leather sectional sofa features supple, top-grain Italian leather in a subtle gray color. Padded seats and tapered legs marry comfort with sophistication. This small sectional is perfect for maximizing seating in a small living room.

→ Learn more: 5 Stylish Leather Sectional Looks

FAQ

Is a sectional good for an apartment living room?

Yes, because sectionals give you more seating in a smaller footprint, they’re a great option for tight apartment living rooms.

Are sectional couches still in style?

Yes! Sectional couches come in so many colors, finishes, and shapes that you can find one to suit your design style whether you like more cutting-edge or traditional pieces.

Should a sectional go against the wall?

A sectional can go against the wall, be placed in a corner, or be placed in the center of the room. It’s up to you based on your preference and what works best with the shape and size of your living room.

Why Trust Walker Furniture & Mattress?

Walker Furniture and Mattress has been providing incredible customer service and top furniture expertise to the Las Vegas area for over 67 years. This locally owned furniture store had humble beginnings as mattress builders in the Chicago area since the 1900’s which blossomed into a booming legacy of selling furniture and mattresses. In 1973, Deanne and Oscar Alterwitz purchased Walker Furniture from original owners, Ruth and George Walker.

Walker Furniture helps Las Vegas and Henderson homeowners and renters find the best living room, dining, and bedroom furniture selections to complete their homes. Complete with mattresses and patio or home office furniture, they invite you to see all that Walker Furniture has to offer for you!

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