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Best Sectional Sofas & Couches for Small Spaces

Best Sectional Sofas & Couches for Small Spaces

A small living room or apartment shouldn’t cramp your ability to lounge comfortably on a sofa or couch. In a small space, the right couch can add comfort to your living room without being too bulky or disrupting the flow. It’s typically recommended to have a sofa that measures between 88 and 96 inches wide, but that isn’t always an option in small homes. Luckily, there is a wide range of small sectionals, loveseats, settees, and other couches that might be a perfect fit for your space. Keep reading to find the ideal sofa for your home.

Sectionals for Small Spaces

3-Piece Sectional Sofas

Cream fabric chaise sectional sofa in a small space living room

A 3-piece sectional provides plenty of seating without overfilling a space, making it a perfect choice for small living rooms. These sofas usually feature a stylish L-shape that can help define a room’s layout and optimize the space. With a 3-piece sectional in your living room, you will have more space for other essentials like tables, shelves, and lamps. While shopping, check product descriptions to determine how large a sofa is and how many pieces it includes. See How to Measure for a Sectional Sofa.

Reversible Sectional Sofas

The versatility of reversible sectionals makes them perfect for small apartments. These sofas feature modular designs you can reshape whenever you want. If you need a little more room or wish to customize your sectional’s layout, you can rearrange the lounge section from one side of the sofa to the other. This modular design makes it easy to add plenty of comfy seating to your living room without overcrowding it. See How to Buy a Sectional Sofa.

Sleeper Sectional Sofas

Gray sleeper sectional sofa in a small space living room

When you live in a small space, you need furniture that can do more. Some sleeper sectionals feature beds that fold up underneath their cushions. Others are designed to be rearranged into a cozy sleep area. These handy features make these sectionals ideal for anyone living in a studio apartment. They’re also convenient solutions for those who frequently host guests overnight but don’t have the luxury of spare bedrooms.

Couches for Small Spaces


Tan leather futon in a small space living room

Sometimes called convertible couches, futons can help you get the most out of a small space. These couches are designed to quickly convert from a couch into a bed, making them great for any small space where the bedroom is also the living room. Futon couches come in a wide variety of designs that can be stylish complements to your decor. See our Futon Buying Guide.


Tan linen loveseat in a small space living room

If a traditional sofa is too large for your living space, a loveseat is another good option. Standard loveseats only measure 52 inches from arm to arm, allowing them to seat two people without taking up much room. The compact furniture design also leaves you extra space for a coffee table or extra chairs if you need them. See Why You Need a Loveseat.


Blue and white pattern settee in a small space living room

Settees and loveseats are often grouped together, but they have one key difference. While loveseats are designed to accommodate only two people, many settees are built to offer seating for three to four. If your space is too small for a traditional sofa but large enough to hold something bigger than a loveseat, consider getting a settee.


Cream linen recliners in a small space living room

Okay, so it’s technically not a couch and it only seats one person at a time. But a reclining arm chair is the most space-conscious option when you want the plush comfort of a sofa. Two armchairs provide a more open seating arrangement than a traditional sofa, so they’re an excellent choice for apartments. Adding to their flexibility, recliners often have footrests that fold out easily when you need them, saving you the trouble of making room for an ottoman

Small Sectional/Couch FAQ

How big should my couch be?

It depends on the layout of your living room and what you plan to use your couch for, but standard couches typically measure between 88 and 96 inches. This provides seating for plenty of people and doesn’t take up too much space. If you’re living in a studio apartment or a small home, however, a sofa that measures between 50 and 60 inches might be necessary to conserve space. Carefully measure your living room and consider how many people you will typically need to provide seating for before making a purchase.

How high should my sofa be?

The height of the average sofa back is roughly 37 inches, but this number varies from one sofa to another. If your apartment has low ceilings, get a low-profile sofa that’s between 30-34 inches high to leave plenty of open space above it. If your ceilings are relatively high, a sofa with a higher back might be required to make the space feel full and homey.

How do you fit a sofa through a small door?

Before trying to fit your sofa through a narrow doorway, remove everything that can be, such as legs and cushions. If it’s not too much trouble, you should also remove the door from the frame to make things easier. Next, carefully measure both the doorway and the sofa to determine what angle you need to hold the sofa at while you carry it. Usually, the easiest way to carry a couch through a doorway is by standing it up on one end and angling it to create an L-shape with the back and the seat. After the couch is in this position, you should be able to curl it through the doorway and into your home. If the sofa is too tall for your doorway, try holding it horizontally at a crooked angle with a partner and carrying it through that way.


Now that you know how to find the best sectional sofa for your small living room or apartment, you can shop with confidence. If you would like to learn more about furnishing a small space, check out our Small Room Ideas guide.