15 Ways To Update Your Sectional Sofas

Sectional sofas are a great way to bring guests and families together. They create an all-in-one seating arrangement that stands out as the centerpiece of a room, all while making the space cozy and homey. They’re great for family movie nights, dinner parties and just to lay out, chill and relax on your days off from work. And you can find some that are seriously ….. super comfy!

Update Your Sectional Sofas

One of the most important tips when deciding to use a sectional sofa or if you’ve had one for years and need an updated look, is placement and arrangement. Since this piece of furniture is so large, its placement is vital to the room’s design and overall look. After it has been arranged in the right area, it’s all about decor and the surrounding elements like the pillows, throw blankets, table and ottomans.

Take a look at some of these quick tips to give your sectional sofa an update!

Quick Ways To Spruce Up A Room By Updating Your Sectional Sofa

1. Separate The Sections

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So many times we keep our sectionals in the same U or L shaped arrangement. This is a great option, but if you don’t have the right space – dividing the sofa pieces can be a nice alternative to gain more seating and utilize the room. {picture from site}.

2. Mix And Match Multiple Sectionals

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If you’ve got two rooms adorned with sectional couches…..divide and conquer. Mix up the pieces from two different sofas and it’s not only comfy and functional but also adds a bit of surprise to the space. {picture from here}.

3. Accent With Contrasting Colored Pillows

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Sometimes a sectional sofa is so bulky and provides so much clutter … it doesn’t bring anything to the room’s style. Try adding some decorative throw pillows (or even blankets), contrasting in color and pattern, to bring some flavor back into the space! {picture from here}.

4. Put It In The Middle Of The Room

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Instead of pushing your sofa up against a wall, try arranging it in the center of the room. You’d be surprised by the flexibility and more space you’ll utilize by keeping it in the center of the room.{picture from here}.

5. Add In A Coffee Table As A Focal Point

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Find a coffee table to compliment the sofa. Then arrange the sectional around the new focal point! This is a super easy update and you can really have fun with what table you decide to choose. You can also do this with a new ottoman or footrest! {found on site}.

6. Place A Fun Rug Beneath Your Sectional

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Center your sectional along the lines of an eye-catching carpet. It’ll brighten up a neutral couch and liven up the room! {found on site}.

7. Go For A Natural Look

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If you’ve already got a lot of color going on … take it all away! Go entirely monochromatic and sleek. It’ll bring in a modern edge and create a more contemporary feel. {picture from site}.

8. Consider Re-Upholstering Your Sectional

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Although this is a bit bigger of a project, when you are really tired of a sectional, you should consider reupholstering the entire thing. This works best when you have a cloth sectional. And if you can’t afford to re-upholster your sectional, you could consider throwing a unique throw blanket, or even a fun fur over part of the couch like they did with this white faux fur on ifurntiure. The throw not only changes the focal point of the room, but it also brightens the plain colors of this sectional.

9. Place Unique Art Pieces Behind Your Sectional

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Sometimes it isn’t your sectional itself that needs updating but rather the wall behind the sectional. You can do this by placing a sweet art arrangement on the bare wall behind your sectional sofa. In this model on LA Furniture Store, a bunch of small pieces of artwork were arranged in an eye-catching way to break up the monotony of an all-white wall. The art is also colorful to help accent the all-black monotone sectional.

10. Hang A Large Mirror

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Mirrors have traditionally been the perfect solution for sprucing up a room. They can help the room to look cleaner and larger than it actually is. And if you take the time to place a large mirror behind your sectional sofa, you will absolutely adore the way it changes the look of your sectional. Just take a look at this awesome sectional set up with a large window mirror featured on One Kindesign. But don’t feel that you have to just go with one mirror either, as you could hang a set of two or three smaller mirrors behind your sectional as well!

11. Purchase a Pair of Arm Chairs

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Does your sectional leave a ton of space no matter how you arrange it? Then it may be time to purchase an arm chair or two to help the spruce up the look of your sectional in an all too empty room. Adding an arm chair can additionally be used to create the color palate you desire for a certain aesthetic. Take a look at this set up by Room and Board, in which a white sectional was accented using two grey arm chairs and a few orange and patterned throw pillows. 

12. Repaint The Wall Behind The Sectional

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Maybe you’ve tried both art and a mirror and your sectional still looks tired and dated. This is when you should take the time to paint the wall behind a section a different color. This is especially true when you are planning to purchase new throw pillows anyways—as this is the perfect opportunity to accent the pillows with the wall behind. See an idea of how this would look in this example by Dorsey Furniture, where the wall was painted the same light blue as the throw pillows featured on the sectional sofa.

13. Place Tables Or Shelves In The Middle Of Your Sectional

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One of the reasons you probably got a sectional is so that you could rearrange it as your design preferences changed. But this doesn’t mean you only have to rearrange the sectional itself. You can also place other items in the room, like a side table, in the middle of two sectional pieces and press them all together. You can also remove cushions of your sectional sections and place a desktop there instead, like they did for this unique set up in Adjectives.

14. Get Some Fun Floor Cubes Or Ottomans

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This is another great idea to default to when you don’t quite have the money to change the fabric of your sectional, but you want to change the look and feel of your sectional with some different fabrics. Instead of buying new throw pillows, grab a couple of fun floor cubes or ottomans instead! Now your guests will have a place to put their feet as well. This idea was executed beautifully by One Kindesign as they brought light into a muted color sectional using two patterned footstools.

15. Swap Out The Legs Of Your Sectional

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Nothing updates a piece of furniture quite like changing out the legs. Changing the legs of your sectional can quickly bring an older piece into the modern world by changing the material from wood to metal, or take it back to a rustic look by exchanging modern legs for antique ones. You can also simply remove the legs of your sectional to get this unique floor-level look featured in Home Design Lover.

When you have a big family or love to host, a sectional sofa is a great solution that will give everyone a place to sit. Buying a sectional couch is a big commitment, but with these awesome ideas that you can use to update your sectional sofa, you are guaranteed to have a furniture piece that will fit into your living room for years to come. Whether you buy new pillows, remove the legs, or simply rearrange the layout, your sectional will continue to grow as you do!