Decorating with Sectional Sofas

A sectional couch may be the perfect solution to your apartment seating problems.A sectional couch may be the perfect solution to your apartment seating problems.

A sectional couch can make your studio apartment appear smaller than it is or can provide the perfect solution to your space problems. With planning, the uninterrupted sweep of seating a sectional provides can create an island of relaxed sociability within your larger room. It can also make the most efficient use of an awkwardly-shaped space. New or old, a sectional couch can add to the comfort and hospitality of your apartment.

Planning Your Space

Perhaps the most important element in locating your sectional is making sure that all its components have space in which to function. A three-section couch with an attached chaise needs to be placed so you have access to both seating and lounging components without continually walking around or tripping over one leg of the "U" shape. A sectional with an optional lounger needs room for the footrest to protrude and the backrest to tip back. Like a rocking chair or chair/ottoman set, a sectional usually requires more space than just the floor-space under it.

A sectional couch needs enough space for all its components to function.

Making the Most of a Small or Awkward Space

Placing your sectional against two adjoining walls may make the best use of a small area. Adding an area rug large enough to contain the whole sectional and centering a coffee table between the seating sections provides further definition for your apartment's living-room area. If the strong horizontal lines of the sectional may make the walls behind it seem smaller or the ceiling above seem lower, add some equally strong vertical lines, perhaps with torchiere-style floor and table lamps, wall art or a wall-hanging to lessen the low feeling. Designer Todd Romano blurs the strong horizontals by matching wall paint and upholstery color, changing the dimensions of the sectional's long horizontal color-block

Create a living-room area with a sectional sofa, coffee table and rug.

Boxing the Square

Either a two- or three-sided sectional can be turned to face two adjoining walls, creating a closed boxed living-room area. This arrangement works well when one or two of the facing walls has windows. Making such an arrangement with windowless walls can mean a chronic need for electric lighting and may even then result in a space that feels dreary or stuffy.

Building an Island

In a large room, your sectional, rug and coffee table can still be used to define a living-room area, but this arrangement stands away from the walls. Space between the island and walls can be used for other furniture like bookcases or a dresser, increasing your storage.Consider window light when placing a sectional sofa. Whether your living-room area is placed at one end of the room or at its center will depend on allover space. Placing it at one end of your room may permit your marking off a separate sleeping area with screens, drapes, bookcases or tall cabinets.

New Sectional Options

If you are able to purchase a new sectional, be aware of recent design options which may add flexibility to your space. Ask about "pieced" sectional sofas, the parts of which can be used separately as well as joined together. Another option to explore is smaller sectional designs created specifically for limited apartment spaces.

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