When designing a small living room, often L-shaped sofas seem the best option as they provide more seating without occupying too much space. They are trendy, and it’s not unusual to find them in a modern house in India. While this type of sectional sofa has a lot of advantages, it has some disadvantages as well. Before getting one for a home, it’s advisable to be aware of the pros and cons. Additionally, evaluating the benefits of having an l-shaped couch in the area will provide a better idea of whether it’s the best choice for the living room and help to decide on the additional features that one may expect from the sofa.
· Although an L-shaped couch may appear to be bulky and big, it’s the most suitable option for a small living room as it provides more seating within the limited space.
· It’s economical if one looks at the per seat price. An L-shaped sofa can seat many more people and works out much cheaper than buying a sofa set or individual chairs with the same number of seats.
· L-shaped sofas are easy to refresh as one can change the upholstery easily or even add a few colourful cushions to bring a new look to the living room.
· The design of the sofa makes it a comfortable day bed. At a pinch, one can even use it as an extra bed to accommodate unexpected guests.
· Similarly, one can get an L-shaped couch with storage to keep the living room clutter-free.
· They help to create a modern look in the living room and are the ideal choice for casual seating.
· One of the main reasons that home owners avoid using l-shaped sofas for living rooms is that they are not as flexible, especially for those who love to rearrange the layout of the area often.
· These couches aren’t suitable for all types of rooms as one needs to have passage space around the sofa for daily cleaning and for accessing the area behind the sofa.
The L-shaped couch has come a long way since its original design with a chaise at one end of the L. Nowadays, besides options in leather and fabric, these sofas are available in a variety of formats. Additionally, working with a professional carpenter, one can customize the L-shaped sofa to suit almost any design style, whether it’s minimalist, country or rustic.
The classic L-shaped couch
It has back support along the longer side of the L, with a chaise at the end that’s perfect for lounging. Nowadays, this design also comes in sectional units that can be pulled apart if necessary to change the seating arrangement. The classic style can come in various looks – with a wooden frame and legs or a more modern approach with upholstered modular blocks.
Cushion-backed L-shaped sofas
This design features back support along both sides of the L, so it’s ideal for a small room that needs to seat a lot of people. Compared to a regular three plus two sofa-set, an L-shaped sofa can easily accommodate six or seven people.
L-shaped sofas with recliners
Those who are fans of Lazy-boy style recliners will love the L-shaped couches that come with the recliner seats at the two ends of the L. It’s the perfect choice for those who want to recreate a home theatre ambiance in the living room.
Sectional L-shaped couches
These are a versatile alternative to the conventional L-shaped couch as it offers flexibility in changing the seating arrangement. It comes in individual blocks that one can shift around easily to clean or provide more seats for visitors. Some have additional ottomans that one can pull in to create a comfortable double-bed in the living room.
L-shaped sleeper sofa
Some L-shaped sofas come with a pull-out bed that’s perfect for small homes that require additional beds for accommodating guests. These units are heavier than the conventional L-shaped couch but are worth the investment for tiny homes that need space-saving solutions.
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L-shaped sofas come with varied features. Some have a pull-out bed built in. Others have hidden storage. One can even find an L-shaped sectional sofa with built-in corner tables. Measuring the area is critical before buying an L-shaped couch as it will give an idea of the dimensions of the room as well as the amount of space the sofa will occupy within it. Additionally, it will make it easier to decide where to place the sofa to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the movement within the room.
Besides this, one needs to analyse what one requires to make the living room more functional. Does it need more storage? Is an extra bed essential? Answering these questions will help to decide whether to get an L-shaped sofa bed or sectional couches with storage under the seats.
The ideal arrangement of an L-shaped couch depends on the size and dimensions of the room. In general, the following are the most popular options:
In the corner
For a small living room or one with a narrow layout, arranging the sofa against the corner is the best option to provide sufficient passage space. While this comes with the issue of having to move the sofa to clean the room, it’s the most comfortable seating arrangement for the limited space.
Against a wall
Placing the L-shaped sofa back against the wall is ideal for viewing television, especially since the chaise at the end of the section can serve as a lounging chair for relaxing and watching TV.
In the middle
In large living rooms, where space is not a constraint, L-shaped sofas can be in the centre of the room. They can act as a visual divider between the formal and informal seating areas or even divide the living room from the dining area in an open-plan house.
The price of an L-shaped sofa varies depending on its design, dimensions and features. At the lower end, a basic fabric upholstered sectional sofa can cost around INR 6,000 per seat, making the price of a regular five-seater L-shaped unit around INR 30,000. Premium L-shaped couches with high-quality materials and customization can cost over INR 1.5 lakhs for a five-seater unit. The price can go up significantly with the addition of features such as a built-in storage bed or modular recliner chairs.
For any homeowner, it’s not easy to choose the right L-shaped sofa for a living room both in terms of the ideal dimensions as well as the design. That’s why we recommend consulting an interior designer to help with the process. From measuring the area where the sofa will sit to understanding the family’s lifestyle and requirements, a professional will consider all the elements that need to fit into the room before suggesting the most suitable option. Additionally, they will ensure that the design of the L-shaped sofas matches the rest of the decor so that the couches seamlessly blend into the area.
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