Let’s begin with a few home truths. You cannot fully recline on a loveseat. Many mid-century style sofas may look good but are about as comfortable as a park bench. At a push take a two-seater, but only if you don’t have to share it.
Having a sectional sofa might seem a little counter-intuitive in a compact space. However, the right sectional:
- Minimises dead space.
- Is really comfortable.
- Helps 'zone' multifunctional or studio spaces.
- Stops a room looking cluttered. Anchoring the room with one big piece of furniture can actually make a room look bigger.
Sofa regret is a real thing. If you buy a loveseat as your primary (or only) seating, you will be reminded of that decision every time you want a nap, are hungover or choose to have more than one guest over at a time.
Be ruthless about what other furniture you need. If you’ve gone big with the sofa, pair back on all the other extras that aren’t necessary, such as extra armchairs, coffee tables or floor lamps.
Think sleek and streamlined when choosing your sectional. Style can play a major role in how the sofa appears in your space. Chunky arms, plush and loose covers will draw attention to how big the sectional really is. Opting for sharp, clean lines and minimal profile will stop your sofa looking like a literal elephant in the room.
The shallow sectional
Deep = comfy but is a real space sucker. Fortunately, there are some very sleek, shallower sectionals that work well in a narrower room.
Image: West Elm
This West Elm number ticks a lot of boxes. Not only is it surprisingly comfy but the footstool moves so you can have the chaise part on either side. This gives you some additional flexibility should you move house and need to mix up the room layout.
The 'Chester’ sofa from habitat is a great fabric alternative.
The ‘I don’t have much space’ sectional
DFS do a capsule range of sofas for those with tiny homes. This one is very reasonably priced, shows a little bit of leg and comes in a lovely mustard colour if you’re feeling bold.
The 'leave me here for hours' sectional
Image: Normann Copenhagen
The mandatory IKEA sectional
IKEA have loads of sectionals, but this one is the stalwart of most rented or first homes. It’s a classic, can be jazzed up with excessive amounts of scatter cushions and converts into a sofa bed for when your mate misses the last tube home.
The ‘not really a sectional’ sectional
Sectionals suggest you are willing to share your space with another human/cat/dog. But if you’re feeling selfish, get yourself a Chaise Longue. This Adventure in Furniture number is really comfy, compact and very, very chic.
For more inspiration shop our edit of sectionals for small spaces.