I have a small living room, but I need seating for eight people. Should I go with sofas, chairs or some combination?
How many people really sit on a sofa? Do you ever see three men sitting on a sofa? If so, they look like the three wise monkeys: Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. Personally, I find they all look guilty of something and very uncomfortable.
With a group of eight people, imagine that you will get two per sofa, so you will need two sofas, scaled to six feet for your living-room size, and four chairs. Perhaps the chairs can be paired: two clubs and two armless (to save space).
A sectional might seem like the way to go, with the two-feet-perperson rule, but resist the temptation. What happens is that the corner-stealer and the sprawler take up most of the sectional and you end up stuck on the ottoman. Sometimes large just means underutilized – and when space is tight, you don't want to monkey around.