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.
MEASURE YOUR LIVING SPACE BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING
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.
CHOOSE A CORNER SOFA TO AVOID WASTING FUNCTIONAL SPACE
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.
PICK A SLIM SOFA TO AVOID WASTING SPACE UNNECESSARILY
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.