1. ZONE A LARGE OPEN SPACE WITH A CHAISE
Large L-shaped sofas enable you to zone big open plan spaces, creating subtle divisions for walkways or dining areas. When it comes to living room furniture, they go in where where walls have been removed.
2. PLACE SECTIONAL SOFAS BACK TO BACK
L and U shapes are big in sofa trends right now. But a central back to back arrangement makes a stylish statement. It also ensures you have plenty of seating - and with additional ledges available - enough flat surfaces for gatherings, while still allowing subtle separation of the space when required.
3. CREATE A COSY READING CORNER OR SNUG
Reading nooks and cosy snugs are all the rage, especially in homes where the rest of the living space is open plan - and busy with to-ing and fro-ing. Having a dedicated area where you can head to relax, read or enjoy movie nights in a media room is a luxury that many plan into a renovation. In a space like this you might wonder between a sofa vs sectional but the latter definitely has more staying power.
4. ENCOURAGE SOCIABILITY WITH A U-SHAPE
If you enjoy entertaining or have a large family to accommodate - and space allows, consider wrapping seating around in a 'U' shape with three sections. The beauty of this style is that it encourages sociability, while also providing a spot where more than one person can fully lounge.
5. PERSONALIZE WITH PATTERN
A sectional sofa provides an opportunity to personalize your space with the introduction of a bold pattern through the choice of upholstery, as well as the configuration and add-ons you choose.
6. CREATE CALM WITH LOW SLUNG SCANDI-STYLE
Clean lines and a pale pared-back palette evoke minimal Scandinavian design, which works well in small spaces. This unfussy aesthetic also suits a low slung sectional sofa.
7. OPEN UP A SMALL ROOM
An L-shaped sofa is an effective way to maximise a seating arrangement in a compact space. As well as taking up a smaller footprint than a three seater and separate accent chair, it looks neater and less cluttered too.
8. MARK OUT A SUBTLE ENTRYWAY
The advantage of a sectional sofa is that depending on the configuration, and where it is placed, it can just as easily close off a space, as open one up.
9. LINE THE PERIMETER OF THE ROOM FOR FAMILY TIME
Corner sofas are a great way to accommodate the whole family for movie nights, or just TV time. They can make good use of the space you have, so don't rule them out just because you don't have a large living room.
10. TEAM WITH A TABLE FOR ELEGANT DINING
In a large open plan living space sectional sofas can be utilised to section off a cosy dining room area, by creating banquette-style seating. If a truly bespoke option is out of the budget, check what modifications retailers offer. Most have a host of sizes and configurations that will enable you to tailor a sectional sofa to suit the size of space you have.