The sofa is the most important piece in a living room, no matter how big or small the space is. It’s the spot where you relax with a cup of coffee, watch a good movie, get some work done, hang out with guests or take a nice weekend nap.
A sectional is a functional alternative to a sofa because it offers extra seating and lounge space. Just because you have a small living room doesn’t mean you can’t have a sectional. In fact, a perfectly sized modular sectional may be the best option. What else would you do with that corner, anyway? Might as well make it extra seating.
When you’re looking for the best small modern sectionals for your living room, select one that has simple, low-profile arms. Overstuffed, rounded arms can take up an extra foot of space.
Another tip is to go with a shallower depth. Tight-back sofas and sectionals don’t have extra pillows and can be as shallow as 32 inches while still feeling as generous as a standard 40-inch-deep sofa. Going for a sectional 32 to 36 inches deep can help you open up more valuable square footage.
Freshome’s picks for the best small modern sectionals
Dimensions: 77” W x 77″ D x 32.5” H
CB2’s sleek and modular Lotus sectional ($1,997) features chrome legs that extend from the floor, giving the sectional a light and airy look. The Euro-chic chunky, minimalist design is popular among contemporary design enthusiasts. And the Lotus can grow with you as you need — simply add an extra corner chair, armless chair or ottoman.
Dimensions: 99.5″ W x 60.5″ D x 34″H
Smartly tailored featuring tufted buttons and a nod to mid-century modern design, the Empress sectional ($1,252) is known as a chaise-lounge sectional. That’s because the return piece is a chaise instead of a sofa — perfect for kicking your feet up and relaxing.
Dimensions: 114.75” W x 59.5″ D x 32.75” H
The Soderhamn collection consists of modular pieces that can change up as you need. An armless sofa, ottoman, optional arm, chaise lounge and corner piece are your building blocks to the perfect small modern sectional. If you like the concept of a chaise-lounge sectional, you can opt for a chaise connected to a sofa (shown above, $899).