By Adele Dautrich. Living Rooms. At Wednesday, May 30th 2018, 21:06:37 PM.
So I set out with two main goals for this living room makeover: add more (and more efficient) seating AND create a light, bright feel. And the key to this space was actually not smaller furniture, but bigger furniture… Crazy, right?
Designer Alicia Murphy used a sectional in the living room of a teensy trailer she converted into a plush family getaway in Montauk, New York, for this very reason: "If you were to use a sofa and a chair, you would have about 36” of dead space in the corner—but by using a sectional you give that corner life. You most likely will add seating for two or three more people if you use a corner sectional rather than a sofa and chair."
So why does it feel like a risky move? "I think it's the same reason we often paint small spaces dark—which can feel counterintuitive but actually works so, so well in small rooms (den, powder room, etc.)," says designer Caroline Burke of Anna Burke Interiors. "A sectional can give you that maxed-out seating and help the room feel like a cozy nook, not a cramped back office."
Things to consider: Traffic of the room should be on the top of consideration list. A sectional sofa with chaise is great but you cannot put it in the wrong side. The chaise should be on the spot with lesser traffic. This is an important point after all.
If you want extra seating but there is also wall space then you could make a longer sectional sofa. Meanwhile; if you have small yet limited space for the sofa; a chaise will be the best opportunity you will have. More complicated shape will require bigger shape.