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10 Seating Arrangements in a Small Living Room

Designers make it look so easy, but knowing how to arrange the seating in a small living room is easier said than done. A small space poses a challenge since you have to be mindful of how you can best utilise every single square inch. If you have a small living room too, here is a good list you can refer to.

1. A L-shaped Sofa in a Narrow Living Room

A L-shaped Sofa in a Narrow Living Room(image credit: houzz.com)

A L-shaped sectional couch is positioned against two walls where there is an opening on the other end of the wall for the access to the kitchen. Be especially mindful of the side of the L-shape as it can’t be too long to hinder the flow connecting to the kitchen. The coffee table here doubles as an extra seat to accommodate more people.


2. A Sectional Sofa in the Corner of the Room

A Sectional Sofa in the Corner of the Room(image credit: houzz.com)

Here is a sectional leather sofa that is tucked away in the corner of the room. In this square living room layout, you could opt for a large sectional sofa as if you were to have two separate sofas in a perpendicular arrangement to accommodate more people. Picking a sectional sofa is a good way to create a fuss-free and uncluttered look in a spatially challenged living room.


3. Seating in the Middle of the Room

Seating in the Middle of the Room(image credit: houzz.com)

Arrange the seating in the centre of the room. Lean a slimmed-down love seat against a wall and place a set of chairs side by side on one side of the room across the sofa with an ottoman in the middle to create an intimate feel for a hearty conversation. The ottoman here can serve three duties as a coffee table, a foot rest or extra seats. Read more about ottoman here.


4. A Petite Sofa Mixed with a Pouf and a Chair

A Petite Sofa Mixed with a Pouf and a Chair(image credit: houzz.com)

A pouf and a wooden chair are great addition to the seating of a two-seater couch in this Scandinavian living room, thereby completing the look. They are light and not bulky so it’s easy to move them aside when you do not have any guest to entertain. The lower back couch makes a better choice compared to others as it doesn’t block the sunlight streaming in from the window behind the couch.


5. Two Sofas Face-to-Face

Two Sofas Face-to-Face(image credit: houzz.com)

This is a fantastic layout to maximise a small space. A pair of two-seater sofas are placed opposite each other across the room with one alongside the bay window and another one against the wall. Paired with a set of armed chairs and ottomans on each side to add more seating, this living room is definitely designed for all family members to congregate or for entertaining guests.


6. A Curved Sofa in Classic Living Room Layout

A Curved Sofa in Classic Living Room Layout(image credit: houzz.com)

A curved sofa is a great hack for smaller spaces, maximising seating without requiring additional length. It makes the flow smoother compared to a L-shaped sofa and also helps soften the angles of space. Here the three different kinds of seating make the room a perfect place for socializing.


7. Two Sofas in Right Angle

Two Sofas in Right Angle(image credit: houzz.com)

Two three-seater sofas are arranged at 90 degree angle with another armchair placed diagonally across the room. This is a time-honored arrangement. The three fabric sofas in different hues together with the white tufted leather ottoman add to the eclectic style of the living room.


8. A Sectional Sofa in the Middle of the Room

A Sectional Sofa in the Middle of the Room(image credit: houzz.com)

Float a L-shaped sectional sofa in the middle of the room to create a cozy space to snuggle up in. However with this layout, the back of the sofa will be visible. Fret not! It can easily be covered up with an elegant console table placed at the back of the sofa.


9. A Sofa Defining the Space in an Open Plan

A Sofa Defining the Space in an Open Plan(image credit: houzz.com)

In an open-plan room that connects to a dining area, separate the space with a zone-defining sofa, thereby creating a living area enclave. If the room is spatially challenged, choose sofas that are narrower to leave enough space to walk around and complete the room with an extra-narrow coffee table.

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