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Best Sectional Sofas For Small Living Rooms In 2024

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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A sectional sofa is a type of seat with different sectional pieces. It is composed of modular sections that you can arrange in unique configurations and shapes, making it possible to fit the sofa in small spaces and fit your interior design needs.

In some cases, some sectionals may allow you to add pieces to make them larger or break them into different designs. For example, you can break a large sectional sofa to fit in a small space by turning it into a love seat, chaise lounge, or armless chair.

It is possible to divide the sofa into pieces since it comes in sections, not one solid piece. If you are having difficulty designing your small space, hire an interior designer to help you configure your sectional sofa into your space.

Can A Sectional Sofa Fit In A Small Space?

The short answer is yes! A sectional sofa can fit in a small room but occupies the floor space. A sectional sofa is the best for a small living room as it gives a cozy cave vibe that is ideal for relaxation and reading. The only consideration you should make is the foot space for easy passage when going out and coming in.

If you want a sectional sofa to fit in your small living space, you should identify your house's floor plans and the room's design to avoid congestion. In most cases, the best sectional sofas always fit a large family. Let us discuss some sectional sofas that suit a small living room set-up.

Types Of Sectional Sofas For Small Rooms

1. L-shape Sectionals

This sectional sofa extends into an l-shaped design. You can either place the extension of the right-right arm facing or on the left-left arm facing. These types of seats are sectioned into two to five seats.

2. U-shape Sectionals

A u-shaped sofa is designed in a shallow or deep u-shape. U takes design depending on the seats on both sides.

3. Chaise Sectionals

A sofa chaise sectional appears on one or both sides of an l shape or u-shaped seat. The chaise sectional can take the place of several individual seats, making it comfortable for lounging.

After studying your room features, you can get the right sectional shape to give your living room an extreme makeover. Whether you are going for a u-shaped, chaise sectional, left-facing arm, or right-facing arm, there is room for every design you want.

Best Sectional Sofas For Small Living Rooms

1. The Floyd Sectional Sofas

The Floyd Sectional sofa is one of our best picks as it is designed to withstand stains and wear over time. The seat has comfy cushions with clear lines and high-performance fabric that protects it and the back cushions.

Moreover, you can find more options for the seat, ranging from a two-piece sectional sofa to five seats with multiple shades and add-ons. If you have a small living room, we suggest you start with a two-seater and add armless units at the corner of your room to make your room look bigger. You can also add a coffee table at the center or a rug to increase the modern appeal of your room.


  • It has stain-resistant upholstery.
  • It is made using a solid wood frame or a steel frame.
  • It is comfortable.


  • It requires a lot of assembling.
  • It will be pricy if you are shipping it to another country

2. Sabai Essential Sectional

We have used the Sabai sectional sofas and enjoyed the comfort in our living rooms for a long time. Sabai furniture manufacturers have shown their commitment to the environment by producing eco-friendly furniture.

These sofas are affordable, easy to assemble, and space efficient. The sofa has room to fit three adults and extra room for a corgi! In addition, Sabai gives you a sit that fits a small living room at a pocket-friendly cost.


  • It is available in multiple shades.
  • It is quite affordable
  • It is best for small spaces


  • It requires multiple assembling.

3. Apt2B Furniture Scott Reversible Sectional

If you are looking for a sofa or couch that can easily reverse the ottoman to fit on either side of your room, then the Apt2B Furniture Scott Reversible Sectional is the one. After extensive research on this piece, we discovered that you could change the layout of your room from time to time by placing the ottoman on either side of the seat.

In addition, the seat exists in vibrant colors with linen-like fabric that can withstand animals.


  • Available in over 60 vibrant colors.
  • It is made using breathable, hypoallergenic fabrics
  • It comes with a reversible chaise


  • A reviewer complained that the ottoman was constantly moving.

4. Valyou Furniture Mario Capasa Feathers Sectional

If you are looking for a sofa for a studio apartment, then the Valyou Furniture Mario Capasa Feathers Sectional is the one. The seat is made from washable, water-resistant, and stain-proof fabric, making it the best choice for small spaces. In addition, the seats are made using high-density foam and stain-resistant fabric, making lounging comfortable and easy.


  • The fabric is washable and stain resistant.
  • It has a trendy and cloud-like design.


  • A reviewer complained about its bulky design.

5. Marlow Reversible Chaise Sectional Sofa

If you are looking for a 2- piece reversible chaise sectional, you should consider the Marlow Reversible Chaise Sectional Sofa. You can switch the seat to fit either side of your room to left or right-facing arm.

We discovered the seat's awesome features that will make you run out of options. The seat has multiple fabric, leg, size, depth, and cushion options. Marlow can fit in any small space since it has a versatile design. In addition, it is cozy thanks to its padded track arms and comfy seating.


  • It is the best fit for small living spaces.
  • It can fit any room layout since it is reversible
  • It is comfortable


  • Requires multiple assembling

6. Article Abisko Quartz Sectional

We recommend the Article Abisko Quartz Sectional for anyone who loves a low-profile design with a tint of class and elegance. The couch is a three-piece sectional with an extended sofa chaise that is easy to clean and assemble. It transforms a small room into a clean, beautiful environment.


  • Its parts are easy to assemble.
  • It has a slouchy design


  • It has a fabric that is hard to spot and clean.

7. AllModern Luo Stationary Sofa & Chaise Sectional

The AllModern Luo Stationary Sofa & Chaise Sectional will interest you if you are in for a mid-century vibe. It features a velvet fabric with rich colors and button-tufted seat cushions that make lounging enjoyable and comfortable.

According to a reviewer, the couch is firm and of high quality. In addition, it has the best back support making you comfortable every time you lounge.


  • It has a velvet fabric that is difficult to snag
  • It is firm since it is made using a solid wood frame


  • Some people find it to be too firm.

8. Burrow Arch Nomad Leather Sofa with Ottoman

If you love versatility, this piece should not miss in your small living room. The Burrow Arch Nomad Leather Sofa with Ottoman has a moveable chaise lounge on one side of the sofa and an ottoman that enables you to interchange them anytime you want to change your room set-up.

However, if your space is too small to allow the ottoman, you can leave it behind and design your living room using only the seat and the chaise.


  • It has a built-in usb charger and power cord.
  • It has three-layer foam cushions for extra comfort.
  • It has the best seatbacks.


  • The ottoman takes up a lot of space in a small room.

9. West Elm Build Your Own Dalton Sectional

If you are more into modern settings, then there is no doubt West Elm Build Your Own Dalton Sectional will not impress you. However, we recommend this sectional sofa since it has a lot of customizable components. You can purchase it as a seater sofa, a chair, or a bumper chaise, and it will serve its purpose.

In my view, the seat has clean, crisp, and quality aesthetics to elevate your entire living room.


  • It is made using durable wood.
  • It has removable legs for easier transportation and installation.


  • It catches stains easily.

10. Nolany Convertible Sectional Sofa L-Shaped Couch

Nolany Convertible Sectional Sofa L-Shaped Couch with...
  • 【Classic American Style】 This American sofa is classic in...
  • 【Convertible Sofa Chaise】You can put the storage ottoman at...
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If you are looking for a classic style in small sectionals, you are missing out on the Nolany Convertible Sectional Sofa L-Shaped Couch. The seat has a movable storage ottoman that can fit on either the left or right chaise couch to fit your room layout—it comes with a footstool to seal the vibe.

I recommend this sofa for small spaces since it is a tiny version of class and elegance. In addition, the ottoman offers you extra space for storage.


  • It is affordable. It has wide armrests
  • It has a big ottoman for extra storage


  • A reviewer said he felt that the felt pads come off easily.

Frequently Asked Questions On The Best Sectional Sofa For Small Living Rooms

1. How Can You Measure A Sectional Sofa To Fit A Small Space?

The best way to fit a sectional sofa in a small living room is by measuring the space you want to fit it in. You can check the dimension of the sectional sofa you are looking for before purchasing it.

A rule of thumb is having square footage of the sofa you want to fit in. For example, you can go for a sofa 18 inches on either side to leave clear pathways to walk around the room.

Take measurements by taping out the dimensions on the floor with painter's tape. While at it, measure the doorways to ensure the space will be wide enough to get your new sectional sofa inside.

If your room is small, you can choose a sofa with a slim solid wood frame and arms to maximize the seating space. Choose sofas with exposed legs to create an illusion of a big room. Ensure you leave some space to fit a coffee table or side tables where you can put your drinks.

It is important to measure out the space you're going to place your sofa using the actual design of your sofa. Get correct width, depth, and height measurements to help you know how you will structure your living room to fit the seat.

If you are going for a sleeper sofa or a reclining sectional, you will have to measure the size when it's laid out to ensure it does not take up so much space.

In addition, measure the width of your doorway and narrow hallways that you will pass the sofa through to ensure it fits during relocation. Write the measurements down and be key on them when you are making a sectional sofa purchase.

2. How Do You Arrange A Sectional Sofa To Fit A Small Space?

If you want to use the small space in your living room, arrange your sectional sofa in a vignette. A vignette ensures you maximize the space and centers every piece on a common purpose. You can also include an area rug as a frame for your scene.

However, if you plan on placing your sofa in the room's center, include a similar one on the opposite to achieve balance. Ensure your sitting room arrangement is easily accessible from all corners and the seat is not blocking any pathways.

The downside of arranging a sectional sofa at the center of the room is it will leave the surrounding space empty, making the center look weighed down. Adding another large piece of furniture on the opposite side of the room is best to achieve balance.

For instance, you can make your living room look like a reading area by adding two accent chairs at the corner to balance the weight f the accent chair. As a result, the sectional sofa will not look like a large piece of furniture dropped at the center.

We suggest pulling your furniture away from the wall as the best layout hack to help maximize o space. It transforms your room by creating clear pathways to direct walk flow within the room.

Since sectionals are the largest piece of furniture in a living room, it is important to make a statement with a piece of rug or a coffee table at the center to limit the flow of movement of guests to other areas of your home.

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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