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.

How to Find the Right Sectional Sofa for Your Room

Sectional sofas are the king-size bed of the living room world. Large and cozy – the very definition of inviting – they also command a good amount of square footage. If you dream of bringing one into your home, it’s important to start with the correct proportions.

Before you visit our store and fall in love with one of the dozens of options, measure your room. It’s a good idea to mark off the area in which you’d like to use a sectional; you can use painter’s tape or pull together existing furniture into the desired formation. Then measure that, too, and consider any other objects you’d like to place in the room, such as end tables and lamps.

Once you understand what will fit and what won’t, it’s time to shop for your new sectional sofa.

Small Spaces

If your space is small, sectionals can still work. Choose an L-shaped sofa in a petite scale or a loveseat sectional with a chaise. The Luna Storage Sectional is part of our free-shipping collection and it offers storage in the ottoman.

Medium-sized Rooms

If you have more space to work with, look for a sectional with a longer L-shaped configuration. Our Dune II Two-Piece Sectional is covered in a deep teal fabric. The striking design commands attention, while its sleek silhouette won’t overpower the room.

Large Rooms

If you have an oversized space, a sectional is the perfect way to fill it in a cohesive fashion. Choose a U-shaped configuration with a coordinating ottoman. The size will help reign in the scale of the room by matching the proper proportions. We love the Ambassador Sectional from Detroit Sofa Co. It’s offers a flexible arrangement with a variety of pieces to design the shape you need.