How to Shop for a Sectional

Nothing says family friendly quite like a sectional. One of the largest pieces of furniture you can buy, a sectional offers plenty of room to relax without having to arrange several pieces of furniture. A sectional also offers a sleek, streamlined look, without breaking up your line of vision by several pieces.

 

Before you shop, measure your room to see what size you can accommodate. Since it’s a large piece of furniture, it will take up more space than a traditional sofa, and because it has at least two angles, its placement will probably be restricted to one or two spots. Be sure to consider the amount of space you’ll need around it to navigate the room; optimal traffic flow is at least two feet wide.

 

Here are five types of sectionals and the kinds of rooms they best accommodate:

 


A Sectional with a Chaise

A sectional with a chaise lounge is the perfect choice for small rooms where a traditional sofa and loveseat would overwhelm the space. Providing space for four to sit or two to lounge, the look is modern and comfortable. Before you shop determine if you want the chaise to be on the right or left side of the sofa to best accommodate your room and traffic pattern.

 


A Classic L-Shaped Sectional

Much like a sofa and loveseat, the classic L-shaped sectional will seat four comfortably and five in a pinch. This piece of furniture keeps the room sleek and simple, with an uninterrupted flow of design and color. It provides a great spot for having conversations as well as watching television, although the focal point may not be directly in view of all of the seats.

 


A Recliner Sectional

A sectional with a built-in recliner brings together the ultimate in comfort into one piece. Versions are available with one or two recliners and some have a chaise. Perfect for watching the big game or hosting movie night, the only limitation is that a coffee table or ottoman won’t fit. But don’t worry; most recliner sectionals include hidden tables or cup holders.

 


A Curved Sectional

A modern and hip option is the curved sectional, which can be the best choice for a large room. With this sectional, everyone has a great view of the focal point, such as a television or fireplace. Because of its size, the curved sectional takes up a lot of room. Measure carefully before you decide on this kind of configuration.

 

 

A U-Shaped Sectional

Finally, a U-shaped sectional is great for creating a conversation area because everyone can see each other. Depending on the style you choose, it can resemble a sofa with two loveseats, a sofa with a loveseat and chaise, or a sofa with two chaises. If you use a cocktail table or ottoman, consider the traffic flow. Also know that this sectional takes up a lot of space; make sure your room is large enough to accommodate it without being overwhelmed.