Sometimes the best solution for a small space is to go big. That was definitely the case when we moved from an open, loft-like condo to a small, floor-through cottage. Suddenly, even our "apartment size" sofa and compact chairs looked cramped. After enough house guests bruised their knees on the edges of the coffee table, we decided it was time to rethink the layout. But instead of searching for ever-more diminutive pieces, we went the opposite route and chose a sectional. The transformation was, well, enormous. Gone was the tiny maze of threatening corners. In its place was a soft, but streamlined, low-armed sectional with down-wrapped cushions and a washable slipcover that easily sits four to five adults, two kids, and a couple of pets. Sure, we traded in city sleek for beach cottage chic, but when two people can stretch out simultaneously for a Sunday afternoon nap, it's pretty sweet.
The trick to making a large piece work in a small space is scale. When shopping for a sectional, we looked for models with a depth of 35" or less and no higher than 34". We preferred armless or track arm models to keep the sight lines open and chose a fabric the same color as the wall so the sofa virtually disappears.
If you're considering a sectional for your small space, here are some great options in a range of price points. Most are configurable, making it possible to get a close-to-custom fit.