I’m sharing my simple, inviting formula for styling pillows on an L-shaped or U-shaped sofa.
We’ve had our Article sectional for several years now, and it’s been the BEST addition to our small living room. Remember, a small living space doesn’t mean filling it with small things; rather, fill it intentionally with items that work seamlessly into your stage of life. In our case, an L-shaped sofa gave us maximum seating for us and company, but the clean lines kept it from feeling cramped. Note: The Gaba is no longer available through Article, but the Beta is near identical.
When it comes to styling the sofa, I prefer simple and inviting. I don’t want our guests to move a pillow just to sit down! I definitely have a method with how I style the pillows and throws on our sectional, but I didn’t realize how formulaic is was until I received this question from a reader:
Hi, Kim! Can you teach us how you style pillows on a large L or U-shaped sofa? Thanks! Allie
Today, I’m breaking down the step-by-step for how I style our L-shaped sectional! I consider our pillow style to be minimal and relaxed. (You won’t find me karate-chopping pillows!) And keep reading for tips on pillow inserts and what to ask a sales associate the next time you shop in store.
1| Fluff your empty sofa
Start with a clean sofa by running over it with a handheld vacuum and fluffing up the cushions. About once a month, I’ll also unzip the cushions and make sure the fill is reaching into all four corners of each back and seat cushion.
2| Anchor the corners
I take the largest square pillows – typically 20-22″ – and put them in each corner. I personally prefer that these pillows are tone-on-tone with the sofa, since they act as an anchor and added oomph.
3| Cover cushion cracks
Next, add color and dimension to the back cushions by placing a large or medium pillows – 18″-22″ – over the cushion cracks. This gives people a place to sit on the cushion themselves, rather than having to toss a pillow to the side before taking a seat.
4| Add lumbars + accents
From here, I’ll add accents with textured and smaller pillows. These inexpensive faux fur pillows are household favorites – Lucy and I like to cuddle up with them! – and they add a touch of soft texture. (They wash beautifully, too!) I like to nuzzle the accent pillows against the crack-fillers, haha. As you can see, I prefer a cozy, slouchy look with most of the seat cushions visible. Sometimes I’ll give the pillows a soft punch in the center to loosen them up!
5| Add a statement throw
Finally, toss on a statement throw! We use and love this Bearaby weighted blanket. It’s perfect for a night of movies or afternoon napping! Because it’s weighted, it stays put and keeps its relaxed, styled shape when not in use.
A Few Additional Tips
- Save money on store bought inserts and buy the cases only for seasonal rotation. Even big brands such as Crate & Barrel, CB2, and West Elm will sell you the cover separate from the insert if you simply ask!
- If you do need inserts, down alternative will give you the fluffiest, casual shape. In my opinion, they’re also the best for cozying up to.
- IKEA has great down inserts (if allergies aren’t an issue), or these down alternative inserts come in sets of two at a great price