How To Place L Shape Sofa Sectional

How To Place L Shape Sofa Sectional

Placing a couch in your home or space is difficult enough. But what happens when you fall in love with an L-shaped couch? You want to find the right placement and figure out how to place the L-shaped couch so that it compliments your space. 

There can be many ways to place your L-shaped couch; however, here are three common placements that people usually go by when purchasing this type of couch. Three options you can have are:

  • Put one side of the L-shaped couch against a wall.
  • Pick an area with a corner: L-shaped couches fit perfectly inside the corners of a wall.
  • If your living room, or space, has enough room placing this couch in the center can look nice and provide your space with a dramatic type look.

The placement will depend on you and how you want your space to look. If you have a smaller space, seem to notice a few too many corners, or want to know some decorating ideas for your space after you bought that L-shaped sofa, read on in this article.

Picking Your L-Shaped Sofa

An L-shaped sofa is just another type of sectional sofa. When you decide on this type of sofa for your living area or a shared common space, choosing which sectional that works for you can be a hard choice. Since there are many types of sectional couches available that share a common layout with how an L-shaped sofa is, you have more of a variety to choose from.

Different types and designs of a sectional sofa are:

  • U- Shaped
  • Symmetrical
  • Right Arm Facing
  • Left Arm Facing
  • Modular

Each of these types has benefits and can help you decide what you are looking for exactly. Regardless of if you have a smaller or larger space that needs to be divided with something, there is the perfect sectional for your needs.

What Is The Difference In The Sectional Types?

With the different types of sectionals that you can have, you will probably wonder what variations make each one a good choice for your space. This short summary will not only let you know the different types but also what each type is great for.

U-shaped sofas are shaped into a horseshoe, or U, shape. They usually have a short couch in the middle with two longer sections on each side. Sometimes you can opt for a chaise on one side instead. These are great for those that like having everyone face each other to promote more conversations with family or friends that visit.

Symmetrical style sofas still provide an L-shaped feel; however, they have two ends that are connected to form a corner. These can seat up to about 6 or 8 people and are ideal for open floor plans, especially for those who wish to maintain a vacant center in their living room.

The right-arm facing sectionals, more commonly known as L-shaped, have two connecting pieces forming a corner. They usually have a loveseat-styled couch that intersects or connects at a corner to a long chaise. 

The left-arm facing sectional is designed the same as a right arm facing sectional, only on opposing sides. Both the left arm facing and the right arm facing provide the same comfort. However, depending on your space and what look you prefer will depends on which sofa works best for you. 

Modular sectionals are a great option if you like to change up the way your couch looks. They offer the same look like a left and right- facing, symmetrical, and U-shaped sectional when they are connected but with the ability to customize and detach the seats to suit your needs at the time. 

Do They Come in A Variety Of Colors And Materials?

After choosing to buy a sectional, one important personal preference needs to be considered: picking out the color and material that the sectional will be composed of. While couches come in several styles, colors, and materials or fabrics, sectionals can seem to look the same. 

Readily available sectionals are typically found in select stores such as Coleman Furniture. Still, because these shades are more commonly chosen and are typically the colors the store has in stock, it can be difficult to find a green or even red shade. The common color choices you will find in stores may consist of shades:

  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Grey

While the color choices are there, material choices can vary slightly as well. A selection of materials is available at different stores or online. Depending on your lifestyle can be a deciding factor in what sectional material you choose. Below is an example of some different materials for different lifestyles.

  • If you have children or pets, using a durable fabric or microfiber materials can make a difference in preventing rips and stains.
  • Chenille, a soft and durable fabric, is great for everyday use. 
  • Leather is a great option for those that have allergies, and leather ages nicely. 

Checking Sectional Dimensions and Sizes

Not only is picking out the type, color, and material of a sectional is all that is required. Sectionals do come in different size options. While the most common size is approximately 130 inches, depending on your choice of sectional, the dimensions can vary greatly. For example, a smaller sectional is going to be roughly the size of 112 inches, while a larger sectional choice will be 160 inches or wider. 

Most manufacturers have the measurements of the couch already included in the product descriptions. It is important on the buyers’ end to make sure they are purchasing a sectional that will fit exactly where they want it placed or accommodate changes and movements. Tips to sizing for your sectional are:

  • Don’t purchase a sectional that will occupy more than half of your space. 
  • A couch or sectional should be, at best, 18 inches of space on either side of the couch or sectional if it is along a wall. 
  • A chaise option is good as long as the chaise portion does not extend halfway into a room.
  • Open floor plans are great for sectionals since there may be room in the middle for separating floor plans. For example, they are separating the kitchen from the living space. 
  • Traffic flow sets the energy and mood of the area. Picking a sectional that makes it easier to maneuver around and is a comfortable, relaxed flow will determine if you have picked the right sectional for your space. 

With these tips, finding the right sectional for your living space can be fun. A good rule to remember is that if your living space is small, you may want to opt for a smaller sectional with no chaise versus a larger sectional with a long chaise to ensure you still have that even and natural flow to your room. 


While a couch and a love seat may seem a good option for your living space, picking a suitable sectional can make all the difference. L-shaped sectionals are perfect for smaller areas since they fit flawlessly in the corner of a room. With the different types of sectionals out there, options for a smaller or larger sectional can vary. 

Depending on your lifestyle, the color and materials that your sectional is composed of can alter the lifespan of your couch. So it is always a good thought to pick out material and fabric suited for kids and pets, but also without sacrificing the comfort you are looking for in a couch. 


Hi there! I’m Alex, the one behind this website. I ran and operated a Local Furniture Store in Southern California. The store opened in 2010, during the “Great Recession,” It is still thriving today; however, I have dedicated my time to helping our online customer base. My primary focus is to help you with all your furniture & mattress questions.

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