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Small Spaces, Big Ideas: Choosing Sofas and Sectionals That Fit

Small Spaces, Big Ideas: Choosing Sofas and Sectionals That Fit

Space is always one of those things you constantly find yourself needing more of and never having enough. This becomes especially clear when trying to mentally fit the furniture you would like to get into the space you actually have, which often doesn’t match. Whether you live in a cozy apartment, a compact condo, or a snug townhouse, we often have to figure out how to maximize our space without overcrowding.

One of the hardest pieces to strike the balance between functionality, style, and space is your sofa or sectional. Today, we’ll explore how to shop for a sofa or sectional to make the most of your space without sacrificing style, form, or function.


Understanding Space Constraints

Small living areas often come with specific constraints, whether limited square footage or awkward layouts. So, before firing up your browser to go shopping, you must understand the limitations. Start by taking accurate measurements of your space, including doorways and hallways. Then, measure any existing furniture you already have and want or need to fit into your space. With this information, you can start hunting for the perfect sofa or sectional.

If you are more visual, some websites and apps allow you to visualize spaces, or you can make simple cardboard cutouts or create a to-scale drawing. This way, you can move things around and see if and how things might fit without guessing.


Key Features to Look For

So, you have your space, you have your dimensions, what’s next? There are a few key features you should look at and prioritize:

Look for pieces that fit the scale of your room. An oversized piece can easily overwhelm a small space, but small pieces may appear lost. Try to find the right balance. Also, as space is at a premium, try to find a sofa or sectional with multiple purposes. That could be a convertible sofa bed, built-in storage or comes part in modules that you can reconfigure depending on your needs, like entertaining guests or if you have overnight visitors.

The shape and layout can make a significant difference. An L-shaped or curved sectional can visually expand a room, while linear designs may offer a more streamlined look. Here, the layout of your room might decide for you. When it comes to materials, light-coloured upholstery can make it feel airier and open up the room, while easy-to-clean fabrics like microfibre or leatherette can help withstand wear and tear.


Style Meets Function

You might often feel that with space constraints, you have to sacrifice style or functionality, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Choose furniture pieces with clever storage solutions or multifunctional capabilities. A sofa with built-in storage or a sectional with a pull-out ottoman can help you make the most of your space without sacrificing style. Lighter colours and subtle patterns can also help make the room feel bigger. Also, don’t feel the need to make everything match perfectly; mixing different styles and textures can create an interesting look.


Top Picks for Small Spaces

Let’s have a look at some of the top picks for small space sofas, shall we?

Sleeper Sofas: Sleeper sofas are perfect for guest rooms or studio apartments. During regular days, you have a couch you can use regularly and be comfortable on. Still, if someone comes over, you immediately have a place for them to stay without needing an extra bed that would otherwise just take up unnecessary space.

Modular Sectionals: Modular sectionals and sofas for small spaces are a great option if you’re dealing with limited space. You can arrange the pieces so they fit your space perfectly. It also gives you options to reconfigure as needed, whether to accommodate a guest or to change up the look of your room.

Loveseats: If you’re really strapped for space or it’s just two of you, loveseats are the perfect solution for you to get cozy without overwhelming the space or sacrificing comfort.


Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance will help you keep your new furniture looking great regardless of which type of sofa or sectional you choose.

  • Regularly vacuum upholstery to remove dust and debris.
  • Treat stains promptly using a mild detergent or upholstery cleaner.
  • Rotate cushions regularly to prevent uneven wear.
  • Consider applying a fabric protector to safeguard against spills and stains.

Custom Solutions

If you can’t find the right model to fit your space, you also have the option of custom solutions. Some manufacturers offer custom furniture that allows you to experiment with different fabrics, frames, and fillings to get your perfect sofa or sectional made to fit.


Find Your Perfect Sofa

Decorating small spaces can often be more challenging than decorating a big room, especially for furniture. Find functional pieces that fit the scale of your space. Don’t be afraid to make bold choices to make your space open, inviting, and, most of all, comfortable, because there’s space-saving furniture for every style.

If you are curious and want to design a custom sectional, Urban Accents Furniture offers a wide variety of custom sofas and sectionals for small living rooms to help you find your dream sofa.

Family-owned and locally operated since 2002, Urban Accents Furniture is your destination for high-end furniture for affordable prices. With a wide range of custom furniture, like custom beds and headboards, sofas and custom sectional sofas, custom ottomans and benches, and accent chairs, you can find your perfect piece from the comfort of your home! Take advantage of our Canada-wide shipping to deliver your choice to your doorstep.

Urban Accents Furniture – your place for sofas and more in Toronto!

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