By lynn olivia buskirk. Living Rooms. At Wednesday, May 16th 2018, 17:21:58 PM.
Buy a houseplant. Nothing will bring your gray sectional to life quite like a leafy houseplant. A potted tree — like the ever-popular fiddle-leaf fig — is a great way to bring height and texture to an empty corner.
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.
It's not humanly possible to get cozy on a love seat and you know it. So what's a tiny living room to do? Try the exact opposite, actually. The best sofas for small rooms turn out to be the biggest: sectionals! We realize this is a counterintuitive suggestion—Won't my itsy-bitsy room look totally cramped with a massive sectional in it?—but the best ideas so often are. "Sometimes using several small pieces can make a room feel cluttered," says Ashley Darryl, speaking about the sofa-chair-table cluster that's almost instinctive in a small living room.
Pullout pop―ups: This style operates like a trundle: A bottom mattress pulls out from below the sofa. You could use it as two twin beds ‐ as seen here or pop the lower mattress up to make a larger bed. You don't need as much space to pull out the bed since it has you sleeping parallel to the back of the sofa.