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The 4 Best Living Room Sets for Small Spaces

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

In the world of urban living, small living spaces have become a reality for many. But that doesn't mean you have to compromise on style and comfort.


With the right furniture, you can transform your cosy abode into a functional and inviting haven that still makes a big impact.


In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best living room sets for small spaces, ensuring that you make the most of every square foot in your home.

Furniture tips for small living rooms


Small living rooms can be tricky to decorate as you can easily overwhelm the space. Here are some tips to make the most out of your small living room:

  • Prioritise multi-functional pieces: Look for furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, a coffee table with storage, an extendable dining table, or a sofa bed can save space by serving dual functions.

  • Choose pieces that float off the ground: Sofas or console tables that raise off the floor can trick the eye into thinking there is more vertical space. It also creates a more open living room.

  • Opt for modular furniture: Modular sofas allow you to customise your seating arrangement to fit your room perfectly, even if the space is small.

  • Wall-mounted furniture: Whenever possible, choose wall-mounted furniture like floating shelves or wall-mounted desks. This frees up floor space and can create a more spacious atmosphere.

  • Go for light colours: Light-coloured furniture and decor can make a room feel more open and airy by creating an illusion of a larger space.


4 best small living room sets


Versatile and modular sofas


Modular sofas are the undisputed champions when it comes to optimising space in a small living room.


Modular sofas consist of individual pieces that can be arranged and rearranged to create any seating configuration. This customisation allows you to easily adapt the sofa to the layout and size of your space.


For example, the Ethan Collection has several sofa units to choose from, such as a right arm chaise and a left arm 2-seater sofa.



@jeraldsaw creates a moody vibe with the Ethan Chaise Sectional Sofa and Vincent Coffee Table Set in Walnut.


Whether it’s arranged as an L-shape, U-shape, or as individual seating units, the versatile design makes this a perfect option for compact spaces. Pair the modular sofa with a coffee table with hidden storage, like the Andre Coffee Table, for an uncluttered look.



@dr.emzieees pairs the Andre Coffee Table with the Dawson L-Shape Sectional Sofa and Lilou Jute Area Rug.


Sleek 2-seaters and apartment-sized sofas


If your small living room can't accommodate a full-sized sofa, consider a 2-seater sofa or an apartment-sized sofa.


These pieces are designed to be proportionate to smaller rooms. They offer a comfortable seating solution without overwhelming the space with their size. As they don't take up as much floor space, this leaves more room for other furniture or creates a sense of openness.



@homewithjanny pairs the Adams 2-Seater Sofa with Mika Side Table for added functionality (and aesthetics!).


Opt for 2-seater sofas with sleek designs and slender armrests and legs to create an illusion of spaciousness. Pair these compact sofas with a small side table to provide additional surface and storage space in the living room.


Nesting coffee tables and ottomans


Without the luxury of space, you might want to skip having a coffee table. But, coffee tables are essential to help anchor the main seating area and provide more functionality in the living room.


So, instead of a bulky centre table, go for nesting coffee tables like the Vincent Coffee Table Set. When not in use, the smaller table can be neatly tucked under the larger one, occupying minimal floor space.



The Vincent Coffee Table Set in Oak paired with the Marlow Performance Bouclé 2-Seater Armless Sofa is great for small spaces. Picture credits: @movewithcarissa


Alternatively, you can use ottomans to double up as a coffee table and seating space. When not being used as a table, they provide comfortable and versatile seating options, making them ideal for gatherings. Opt for an ottoman that matches your sofa so that it blends in seamlessly, making it look like a spacious sectional sofa.


@via110design creates a calming sanctuary at home with the Jonathan Chaise Sectional Sofa with Ottoman Set.


Flexible drop-leaf tables


It's common for small living spaces to have an open floor plan - which also means that the dining area often shares the same space as the living room.


To ensure that you don’t overcrowd the space, opt for drop-leaf tables (or extendable dining tables).



The Seb Extendable Dining Table Set fits up to 6 people comfortably. Picture credits: @briannawonggg


These dining tables can be expanded when needed and folded down when not in use. Pair them with benches for more seating space, or folding chairs that can be easily tucked away when not in use. This setup allows you to have an inviting dining area without sacrificing the precious living room space.


Small living spaces can be just as stylish and functional as larger ones with the right furniture choices. From modular sofas to compact coffee tables, there are numerous options available to maximise your small living room's potential. By carefully selecting living room furniture for small spaces, you can create a comfortable and inviting environment that you'll love to call home.

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