Alright—what I’m about to say here is going to be very controversial. THus, A successfully decorated living room doesn’t need a full-sized sofa. Boom! Notice I didn’t say seating though. You obviously need that in spades, especially if you want to have people over or entertain. But if your living room just isn’t big enough for a sectional or even a full-sized sofa, don’t force it. Instead find yourself an alternative—a loveseat, an armchair, a settee. You’ll be surprised at what might work. Hence, even something non-traditional like a chaise, bench or a stack of floor pillows can get the job done. Need some proof? These seven rooms are giving me life right now.
Remember your college dorm or first apartment? Did you have a futon? Well, it might be time to bring back the idea of the small convertible couch. Because you have to admit. Hence, they didn’t take up much floor space and were super convenient. Thus, if someone had to crash at your place for a night. And nowadays, futon design has come a long way and can be. Thus, dare I say, very chic, thanks to an increase in color and fabric options. Back in the day they really only had black and red, it seemed. But this room has given me a whole new perspective on the small space futon-style sofa.
Honestly, when I first saw this living room, I wasn’t 100 percent sure the sofa wasn’t full-sized, which is either a testament to the photography, decorating scheme or both. But a 400-square-foot apartment? I figured it had to be a compact couch. And sure enough, when I read the fine print, turns out it’s Room & Board’s 71-inch Jasper Loveseat. There’s no question though that the piece looks ample and inviting in the room. And it appears to be just long enough for one average-ish height person to stretch out on—and a few to comfortably sit—which is kind of all you need if you live alone and have people over occasionally.
And if you like that broken-in Chesterfield sofa look, don’t worry. You can find a mini-me version of that out there. This homeowner did. This style of sofa is usually big and hulking. But it’s far less visually heavy when it’s pretty much the size of an armchair.
Head to Toe
And have you given thought to the idea of just using chaises? You can float them in the middle of a room, facing one another, as seen in this IKEA interior. It’s kind of like a modern day secretary bench. And truthfully, you get a lot a seat for a little footprint, especially if you orient the top of one to the bottom of the other so they’re almost forming a rectangle when seen from overhead.