Best Sectional Sofas for Small Spaces

If you have a small living space, you know exactly how difficult it can be to fit in a sectional couch.  Large sofa sets can make the room cramped and unsightly.  Over the years manufacturers have taken small spaces into consideration by creating sectional sofas that are suitable for small spaces. Check out some of the options you can consider for your small living space.

Armless Sectional Sofa

Sofas with no armrests give an illusion of spaciousness thus making small space look less cramped.  A good example is a love seat that has a chaise and no armrests.  This is a simple yet elegant look for a small living room.

Armless Sectional Sofa With-Sleeper

3 piece sectionals

3 Piece Sectional Sofa


These kinds of sofas accommodate up to five individuals and often include a loveseat and an additional chaise or chair.

Slim sectionals

Slim Sectional Sofa

Sofas need not have the overstuffed look to guarantee comfort. It is possible to have a slim look sofa that is just as comfortable.  There are many modern sectional couch designs that have a minimalistic design and fit in well in small spaces.

Sleeper sectional couches

Sleeper Sectional Pullout Couch

Living in a small space may require you to have multi-functional furniture such as the sofa bed design. Sleeper sectionals are ideal for small spaces because they can easily double up as beds for you or your guest.

Common shapes for sectional sofas

There are infinite dimensions that can be used to create sectional sofas however there are three distinct shapes that are preferred by furniture makers.

  • L-shape
  • U-shape
  • Semi-circular shape


L-Shaped Sectional Sofa

Just like the name suggests, they are shaped like the letter L. They are suitable for small spaces because they are often set against walls which greatly saves on space.

U- Shape

U shape Sectional-Sofa
These sofas form a uniform curve much like the letter U. They are recommended for those who find L-shaped sofas too small or incomplete. One end of the sofa is often used as a daybed which adds functionality.

Semi-Circular Shape

Semi Circle Shaped Sectional Sofa
These sofas are similar to the u-shape variety, however, the curve of the seat structure is less pronounced.

General Styles

When you decide to pick a sectional style sofa for your home, one of the most important aspects to consider is whether they will fit in wit the general decor theme. You need to consider the following styles when making your decision.


This is in line with the current trends that are currently in style. Contemporary style is arguably the most common style because it is easily accessible and many stockists have a wide variety readily available.

Cottage Country

These types of sectional sofas are cozy and quaint. They have an understated appearance that is often more focused on comfort than chicness.


This style is based on the 50’s and 60’s trends. These sofas are minimalistic and less chunky than modern varieties. They incorporate some vintage features such as the wet look and dimpled cushions.


Coastal-based designs are bright, vibrant and easily convertible. This variety of sectional sofas may incorporate slip covers that can easily be changed according to preference. They can be combined with ottomans to add some character and functionality to the indoor decor.


Sectional sofas in this style have a conservative look that is reminiscent of bygone eras.

Home Theater

This would be a great option for a media room or family room. They come in various sizes and styles including reclining versions.

Which Material to Choose?

You will have to take into consideration the type of upholstery that you want for your sectional sofa. The material that you choose will have a direct impact on the appearance, comfort, and durability of your sofa. You should, therefore, analyze different types of materials before you make your final decision. Do not be afraid to touch and feel the texture of upholstery when looking around.

Leather Sectional Sofa
This is a timeless option. It is a natural fabric that is durable and has a great aesthetic appeal.


Microfiber Mini Sectional Sofa
This is a material that has a natural texture. It is a great alternative to leather or other synthetic materials. It is probably the coziest material because it mimics natural fabric and is comfortable on the skin.

Faux Leather

Faux Leather Sectional Sofa
This is a synthetic version of leather that is sometimes referred to as pleather. If you love leather upholstered sectional sofas but cannot afford them, you could settle for faux leather which is usually more affordable.

Natural Fabric

Natural Fabric Sectional Sofa
Materials such as cotton and hemp which are commonly used for clothing are also great for sofa upholstery. Natural materials are very comfortable and also easy to clean.

What Designers Say

Most interior decor experts are all in praise of the sectional sofa; especially for smaller homes. According to many decorators, there is a misconception that sectional sofas are too bulky. In actuality, they take up minimal space thus enabling you to have more space to move around or for other furniture. This is especially so with modern and mid-century sectionals that have space-saving modular boxy frames.

You do not have to be bound by proprietary sofa designs. Many furniture makers allow buyers to custom-make their furniture right from the dimensions and design to the upholstery. This is a better option because you will be able to ensure that the sofas fit well and do not take up any more unnecessary space.

Sectional Sofa 3

Another advantage that is often pointed out by interior designers is the fact that sectional sofas can often be separated when necessary. For instance, if you’re having a party and you want to create additional space, you can simply move the sleeper/chaise part of the sofa. This kind of versatility is important in small homes where space is a limited resource.

Some sectional sofas can fold out into a bed which comes in handy if you’re hosting family or friends.

Sectional Sofa 1

Designers rate the two-piece L-shape sofa with a right or left facing arm and a sleeper/ chaise as the most common sectional couch. The advantage of this piece of furniture is that it can fit in virtually any space without taking up too much space. However, it should be noted that you need to declutter your home to experience the full effect that these space-saving sofas.

Sectional Sofa 2


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