If you’ve recently moved into a small home or apartment, you may have found that your old furniture is too big for your living room. Cramped walkways and low floor space are serious indicators that your furniture is in need of downsizing.

Decorating small living rooms can seem difficult – after all, you have far less space for your sofa, armchair and other furniture. However, with the right approach you can furnish your small living room without sacrificing function or comfort.

The key to choosing the right sofas for a small room is understanding the limitations your room creates and working with them instead of against them. Choose the right sofa and your small living room can even feel more spacious and comfortable.

In this guide, we’ll share seven tips, tactics and techniques for you to use to choose the right sofa for your small living room, whether you’re decorating a townhouse or a cosy studio apartment.


One of the most common decorating mistakes is buying furniture that’s too big for your living room. This often happens because shoppers don’t understand how much space they have and rely on assumptions while they’re out shopping.

If you need to visualise a sofa or armchair in your living room to work out if it fits or not, you’ll probably make a miscalculation. Measure your living room before you go shopping so you know exactly how much space you have to work with.

This way, there’s no possibility of you buying a sofa that extends further than you’d expected and makes moving around your living room difficult. Work out how much space you have available before you shop to avoid easily preventable mistakes.


When you’re decorating a very small living room, it’s important to make the most of the space you’ve got. Choosing furniture that wraps around the room’s walls makes far more effective use of space than furniture which sits in the centre of the room.

Corner sofas, particularly L-shaped sofas, are excellent choices for small rooms with limited space. Because of their space, they fit naturally into corners, freeing up space in the middle of the room in which people can move.

This technique isn’t just useful for sofas; it’s also a great way to work out where you should put your television or dining table. Place key items against the wall to create a large open space in the centre of your living room for easy movement.


Not all two-seater sofas are equally compact. Some sofas have large amounts of soft padding and cushions that take up extra space, while others are slim and designed specifically for compact living spaces.

If you’re decorating a small living room and need to use as little space as possible, a slim sofa is your best choice. Many slim sofas have soft padding that, while far less bulky than a larger sofa, is every bit as comfortable.

As great as a heavily padded sofa might look in the showroom, it will dominate your living room if it takes up too much space. Choose a sofa that’s slim but comfortable to get the most from your small living room.


Who knew that there are so many different styles of sofa out there? Lear about w to them on this article and learn how to distinguish each of them.

Sectional Sofas
The section sofa is a multi-piece sofa. Common number of pieces is 3 and 5. It can be arranged in several of configurations. The more pieces, the more configurations you will have. Preferably, any sectional you buy will include fixtures that connect the pieces to keep them from separating.

Sectionals are becoming very popular nowadays and because of this, there are several styles, designs and materials to choose from. Some are massive and can span large rooms while others are much smaller. Two common configurations are L-shape and U-shape.

Contemporary Mid-century Modern Sofa
Strictly speaking, what’s commonly referred to as modern furniture is really a mid-century modern design. Furthermore, mid-century modern should not be confused with contemporary furniture – they are different. Contemporary is a term used for current furniture… but it is always based on a specific design style such as a contemporary chesterfield or contemporary camelback.

Mid-century Modern
From 1940 to 1970 mid-century modern furniture reigned supreme, but don’t count it down and out yet. It’s making a huge comeback and looks that it will stay as it has now passed the test of time.

This style of sofa is all about minimalist design and clean lines. There are numerous varieties of this style of sofa. It’s intended to look good and be comfortable – the result is it is not the most comfortable furniture, but in coupled with the right home design, it can look wonderful.

The chesterfield sofa is known for its “tuffed” design. Some have the tufted design on only the back and arms while others include it on the seating bench section as well. It continues to be a popular style with current sofa trends.

Bridge Water
Casual and comfortable define a bridge water sofa style. The arms are slightly rolled to the side and are lower than the sofa back. While the bridge water design fits in most room designs, it’s seldom going to be the stand-out feature of the room. If you want traditional and reasonably comfortable in a sofa, consider the bridge water style. It’s still a staple sofa style today… but it’s not nearly as popular as it once was.

Pull Out Sofa Bed
Probably the most popular form of sleeper sofa is the pull out sofa bed. They’re mightily improved from 20 years ago. These days sleeper beds are well-designed and offer a great sleeping solution for guests. A pull out sofa bed is distinguished from a futon in that the sofa back remains upright while the sleeping surface folds under the belly of the sofa from where it is stored and pulled out.

Love Seat Sofas
The loveseat sofa is an umbrella term for a sofa made for two people. They’re often part of a living room set. Like sofas, loveseats come in many styles and designs such as camelback, cabriole, etc.


A sofa can be one of your biggest furniture investments — both financially and in the impact it has on your room. There is nothing worse than falling in love with one in the store and shelling out hard-earned cash to make it yours only to lug it home and realize it just doesn’t fit the space. Although finding the right-size sofa seems simple, there’s more too it than making sure it can fit through the front door. Keep in mind a few tips and tricks and you will be sure to love your new piece even more in your home than you did in the showroom.

1. Consider the size of the space. A small sofa fits a small space and large sofa fits a large space. Though this concept seems simple, both design trends and your love of a particular piece sometimes favor cramming large sofas into small spaces. Unfortunately, this never looks or feels right. The opposite is also true, with small sofas getting lost in large lofts and living spaces.

2. Look at the other furniture and recliners in the room. A large sofa looks out of place with small chairs and end tables and vice versa. Don’t group a large, overstuffed sofa with small, basic chairs. Keep the sofa to scale with the other furniture.

3. Stick to the general spacing rules for all of the Christchurch furniture in the room, including the sofa. When you are finished with the room, there should be an 18-inch allowance between the sofa and the coffee table. There should be between 3 1/2 to 10 feet of space between seating so that everyone in the room can converse without yelling or feeling like they are crowded. Additionally, the television and sofa should be about 7 feet apart. Your sofa and other furniture should all fit in the room while accommodating these measurements.

4. Measure the sofa and mark out where it will go in your room with masking tape before you buy it to make sure it will really fit the space. This is especially important for sectionals, which are often oversized and can inspire buyer’s remorse. Measure the width of your front door, as well, to be sure you can get your new favorite piece into the house — don’t forget stairwells and hallways if you’re in a condo or apartment, or the sofa is going in a room that doesn’t have an exterior door.

Things You Will Need:

• Measuring tape
• Masking tape

Although style is important, never sacrifice comfort. Even if you have a small space, a little couch may not work for you if you are 6 feet tall. It may be better to have less furniture in the room than a lot of small furniture in that case.