Sectionals are the focal point in a 21st-century living room. They provide tons of comfy space for everything that you do in your living room – watching television, reading books, hosting a game night, and everything in between! With the sectional, there will be no awkwardness about where guests and family members are supposed to sit. And once they sit down, they won’t want to get back up!
However, there’s no shortage of sectional sofas for living rooms out there, so picking the right one isn’t necessarily an easy task.
The good news is that our home collections are designed with a point-of-view that they should simplify your search for products that have a cohesive look and are likely to work together, and reduce the risk of overwhelming with too many choices and style clashes.
Since our perspective is that the sofa for your living room should reflect your style, we’ve broken down the basics of all things sectional sofa related to help you understand and buy smart.
The first thing that you need to do when shopping for a sectional couch is to measure your space so that you know what size sectional you need to get. You should measure the entire room as well as the specific space that you are planning to put your sectional in. You need to keep the room flow in mind and leave plenty of walking room so that your room doesn’t feel totally cramped.
However, just because you have a small space that can't fit a giant sectional doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy one! You need to keep your lifestyle in mind as well. If you live alone, don’t have tons of people over often, and have a smaller space to work with then a simple chaise lounge sectional would be a good fit for you. But if you have some more room to work with along with a bigger family or a habit of entertaining, then you might want to consider a larger sectional that can fit several people at once.
Now that you know how big of a sectional you need, it’s time to think about shape. The room measurements that you already took will still come in handy for this step. There are so many different configurations of sectionals and some of them work better for certain rooms than others. Here are some of the different sectional configurations that you should consider:
If you thought that configuration was the only thing that mattered when it comes to sofa sectional design – you’d be forgetting another important aspect: orientation. This is especially the case when it comes to chaise sectionals or L-shaped sectionals. Since these options aren’t modular and can’t be rearranged, you will need to decide which side you want the chaise or the shorter end on. Imagine getting your sofa delivered and set up only to realize that it’s totally the wrong shape for your room! To avoid this, you need to decide whether you need a left-facing sectional or a right-facing sectional before you buy. These orientation distinctions are based on what side the sectional extends out to from facing it head-on – not actually sitting on it! So there are right-arm facing and left-arm facing. Knowing this information ahead of time will save you from any unintentional mix-ups and headaches later on.
When it comes to colors for living room sectionals, there’s no shortage of different options. Your sectional will definitely be the biggest piece of furniture in your living room, so you want to make sure that you choose the right color.
In choosing the right color, it’s critical to think about the lifestyle of your living room. Are you going for a more formal feel with a modern touch, a contemporary urban space, or a more relaxed space with casual natural vibes? Whichever it may be, here are a few color schemes you can rely on to really match the style of your room
Whether you choose to go bold or neutral with your sectional is totally a personal preference. In any case, it’s always a good idea to balance out the colors that you do choose with a range of complementing colors elsewhere in the room.
For example, if you get a bright and bold sofa, go with a neutral rug, walls, and accents. However, if you get a neutral sofa, don’t be afraid to use some color in accessories like pillows, wall art, rugs, accent chairs, etc. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the colors in your living room sectional tie in well with the colors in the rest of your home – especially rooms in close proximity like the kitchen and dining room.
There are so many different materials out there for living room sectionals that you are bound to find something that you love. The upholstery that you choose needs to be stylish as well as functional. You would likely make different material choices if you have pets or kids than you would if you didn’t. That being said, just because you have pets or kids doesn’t mean that you can’t find a gorgeous material for your sectional! There are plenty of fabrics that are made to last these days like microfiber, microsuede, leather, and polyester fabric. Some other options you might want to consider for your sectional material include velvet, linen, plush chenille, faux leather, silk, and wool.
Again, considering the lifestyle of your room is just as important at looking at the function and usage. Following the themes of the three lifestyles we mentioned earlier, here are a few suggestions to really have the different pieces in your living room complement one another:
Now that you’re ready to go find the perfect sectional sofa for your living room it’s time to talk about how to incorporate this anchor piece in with the rest of your living room furniture. Consider the layout before you start your shopping journey, but don’t be afraid to mix it up when you see the pieces in person. Focus on an anchor piece in your layout such as the sectional sofa, support it with surface pieces, and then bring it all together with decor and lighting.
You will need a good coffee table or storage ottoman to provide some surface area in your room for things like books, remotes, drinks, snacks, etc. You will also need a nice rug that’s big enough to connect all of the elements and pieces in the room. You might also need a tv stand or cabinet to go in front of the sofa away from the rug. Finally, you might need floor lights to provide ample lighting to the space.
For the final details of your living room sectional, we need to talk about accessories. No sofa is complete without accessories and that’s especially true for sectionals. You will need a variety of complementary throw pillows to fill up the couch and make it cozy. You also might need some throw blankets to provide some warmth. Finally, add in some nice wall décor on the wall behind your sectional and an area rug to really tie the space together.
Sectionals are a great way to provide a ton of seating for any living room – big or small. Even if you might not think that a sectional is the right fit for you, there are enough options and varieties out there that you are bound to find one that you love. With the right amount of planning and consideration, you can find the perfect piece of furniture that you can enjoy hanging out on.