By Lily Cornelissen. Living Rooms. At Friday, May 18th 2018, 00:00:15 AM.
Designers agree for both practical and stylistic reasons: "Typically sectionals can double your seating," says Victoria Hagan, whose new book Dream Spaces debuts this October from Rizzoli. And maxing out the seating options in a small living room is of course paramount, whether your goal is to fit the whole family for movie night or just successfully stretch out (we repeat: stretching out is not possible on a love seat).
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."
Yours truly is remembering a hallway-like common area that she and two roommates shared in New York City, in which an armchair was so crushed up next to a couch that they overlapped at the arms, the corner between them occupied by a side table that could fit a lamp and nothing else (and that was so crammed into the space you couldn't even see the legs of it, let alone clean it). But a sectional—the right size sectional—could have added one more seat to that corner, relaxing the cramped nature of the room we'd so poorly devised.
4‐Don´t forget to flip: For a quick fix don´t forget to flip your mattress regularly 4 times a year is recommended. Just like with your own bed and repeated pressure from sleeping bodies could lead to lumps with bumps. Giving your mattress a regular flip would help to "avert" any deep depressions also keeping it flatter for longer.