Decorating a living room comes with one almost universal question: sectional or sofa? Sectionals are the obvious space-saver and offer more flexibility with layout than the traditional setup of a sofa and two chairs. They're the more frugal option, too, if you employ the logic that one piece of furniture is probably cheaper than three.
Especially if you're in a small space, it's probably exactly the solution you're looking for. The biggest misconception is that all sectionals are big, but if you measure the footprint and think about your layout, they actually give you more wiggle room.
A sofa and two chairs can make a small room feel cluttered and closed off, but a sectional lets the room breathe. The key is to make sure at least once piece of the sectional is backless.
Once you've decided to take the plunge and shop for a sectional, you need to determine how much room you have to work with. Because sectionals don't need so much breathing room, you probably have more space to work with than you think.
As a general guideline, choose an eight- or nine-foot sofa with a 60-to-72-inch chaise, suggest designers. Anything smaller can feel cramped and hinder your odds of fitting a practical coffee table. For very small spaces, look for sectionals that are about 36 to 40 inches deep
Sectionals with fold-out sofa beds can come in handy for guests but often have skirting at the base. If the extra bed is more of a convenience than a necessity, consider a slightly wider sectional that can double as a bed when needed.
The most popular sectional configuration for small rooms is a two-piece L-shaped sofa, which consists of a left- or right-facing arm on one end and a chaise on the other. Some retailers offer a style of sofa with the option to buy the pieces together or separately. But be sure to crunch a few numbers and sketch out different arrangements. In some cases, buying a pre-arranged sectional is cheaper than ordering separate pieces, but you may want the freedom to orchestrate the sectional exactly as you like.
Source: Washington Post