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Publication Date: 2017-02-22


7 Small Space Seating Layouts

Whether you're designing a cozy apartment or creating a separate sitting area within a larger room, take cues from these 7 layouts and see how experts make seating work in a small space.


In this Notting Hill townhouse designed by Amelia Carter, a sectional sofa provides a streamlined and elegant approach to seating.

Photography by David Duncan Livingston

A sofa bed and small armchair feel comfortable and intimate in this San Francisco den designed by Cecilie Starin thanks to the backdrop of the dark navy walls and dramatic Asian screen. View more of the home here>

In this Miami Beach apartment designed by David Scott, an eclosed niche and daybed create a seamless transition with useable seating between the lounge and living room. View more of the home here>

Photography by Asa Weinstein

Stools that fit neatly under the counter create a flexible eating / living space without being crowded in this Toronto home designed by Meredith Heron.

A generous window in this West London living room designed by Spencer & Wedekind allows for bench seating that can be a part of the larger room or serve as a comfortable spot all on its own.

Don Freeman Photography

A large leather wingback chair fits perfectly in the corner of the New York City den designed by Chad McPhail and balances the sofa.

Designer Schlagenhaft Studio created an additional seating area in this living room by turning a corner into a useable nook with a sectional sofa and recessed storage that showcases art and decorative objects.


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