Living Room

How to Choose a Sofa for a Small Space

You want your living room to be comfortable, and when you’re outfitting a small space, that may mean a comfortable sofa as well as a comfortable way to move about your living room. On one hand, you want a sofa big enough to meet your needs, but you also want adequate space around it. We at Pottery Barn can help you learn more about smaller sofas that fit your smaller spaces and provide a few simple ideas that can help you make the most out of your home.

Room Use and Size Considerations

Depending on how large your space is, sectionals are one of the easiest ways to make the most out of your floor space. While some sectionals come complete as one unit, you also have the ability to design your own sectional, giving you a choice over which pieces to add or omit from the suite. There are also sectionals made precisely for smaller spaces, allowing you both comfort and style for your smaller living space.

For the smallest of spaces, you may want to focus on adding living room furniture with a slightly different configuration. For example, two loveseats facing each other may work well for a space that’s long but not wide, or the combination of a loveseat and armchair may offer you just the right amount of seating you need without the full sofa size.

If a full-size sofa is a must, consider one that offers you a little something extra for your small space. For example, a storage sofa is a great idea for a smaller spot. Perhaps the storage within the sofa allows you the ability to omit a bookcase or a chest from the room, giving you more floor space for the actual sofa itself. Many storage sofas have a chaise lounge section that gives you the extra benefit of being able to stretch out while you relax. You may also want to consider a sofa that has a reclining option. This way, you can lie back when you need to, but for most of the time, the sofa is in an upright position. This still gives you the opportunity to relax, and the piece doesn’t take up as much floor space.

A Look You Love

The type of sofa you choose makes a statement in the room overall. For example, dark leather sofas may be comfortable, but a dark color in your small space may make the room look more compact when it actually isn’t. For smaller spaces, choose fabric that is lighter in color and comfortable. Microfiber is one type that feels smooth and light, even in darker hues. Leather in a lighter color works as well. Think about how you’re going to use the room; for example, if you have a toddler afoot, keep this in mind as you choose the sofa, and select a microfiber option that’s easy to clean.

If you’ve added a full-size sofa to your living space and still want the feeling of more space, follow the direction of working around your sofa, since it’s the most focal point in the room. This is absolutely okay – just consider downsizing in other areas. For example, mount your flat-screen TV to the wall and eliminate your media center. Another idea is to remove a bookcase but add modular or wall-mounted shelving. You may also be able to remove your coffee table and add a side or console table to save space in the middle of the room. If you’re dependent upon lighting that’s on a side or coffee table and you’ve decided to eliminate the table, consider floor lamps or pendant lighting to save even more space. If you have many decorative objects on shelves, consider downsizing and add wall or canvas art. To make a small room work, make the best of your vertical space to help give you space for all of the furniture you love.