How to Arrange a Family Room With a Sectional Sofa

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Your family room is a place where your family should be able to comfortably play, entertain, talk, and gather. If you have a large family but limited space, a sectional sofa may be the best choice for seating. By using a sectional sofa, you can set up the family room so that all the seats are in one area, then arrange your other pieces of furniture around that central element.

  • Choose the type of sectional that you want for your family room. Some sectionals contain two couches that sit at a perpendicular angle up against each other, while others have one long sofa with a chaise on one end. The chaise is similar to a bed where you can lay down, or sit with your feet up. Sectionals come in different styles, such as with a curved or straight back. Let's assume you choose a standard sectional that has a long couch and a chaise. It sits in an "L" shape.

  • Position the sectional sofa along the wall that is opposite or adjacent to a window in the room. Leave about a foot of space between the wall and the back of the couch.

  • Purchase a coffee table that is shaped like an "L," just like your sectional and place it in front of your sofa.

  • Set a table next to the side of the couch where the chaise sits. Place decorative items such as a vase or framed pictures on this table, or just a lamp and phone. The person relaxing in the chaise can reach over to this table to retrieve a drink instead of from the coffee table. Place a plant on the other side of the sectional (the standard sofa side) if you'd like.

  • Place the entertainment center up against the wall that is adjacent to the window, preferably parallel with the long sofa part of the sectional.

  • Set another small table next to the entertainment center to hold more decorative items or pictures in frames.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place an area rug underneath the sectional sofa if you have a hard floor so that the feet of the couch do not scratch the floor or move around.
  • Hang framed paintings behind the sectional couch if you want. When positioning a large piece of art on the wall above the sectional, allow about twice as much wall space above the painting as there is below it. (See Resources for more tips on hanging wall art.)

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