Whether you want to replace a worn-out sofa or go all out and redesign your living room, purchasing a sectional sofa could be the ideal solution. Read on for a breakdown of the styles, designs and other features these functional pieces offer.
— Shape —
- L-shape Sectionals: This sectional extends in an L-shape, either to the left (left-arm facing or LAF) or to the right (right-arm facing or RAF). Sections often have two to five seats.
- U-shape Sectionals: This sofa features a shallow or deep U-shape, depending on the number of seats on each side.
- Curved Sectionals: The curved sectional lacks the sharp angles of other varieties. It is best for larger rooms due to the extra floor space required.
- Chaise Sectionals: Appearing on one or both sides of the L-shape or U-shape varieties, the chaise takes the place of several individual seats and allows for proper lounging.
— Style —
- Stationary Sectionals: If you prefer to leave your sofa in one layout, go with the classic stationary sofa - it won't let you move around individual sections, but will provide a timeless appeal.
- Modular Sectionals: If you prefer a bit more customization, modular is the way to go. Each piece detaches from the rest, letting you rotate the layout at will.
- Reclining Sectionals: The reclining sectionals let you stretch out to read, nap or watch TV.
- Sleeper Sectionals: Perfect for guests, sleeper sectionals offer a pullout mattress that you can easily fold away after use.
— Design —
1. Back design
High back: The more traditional of the two, the high back supports your back without requiring extra cushions.
Low back: A more modern design, the low back works well in minimalist styles and/or as a sleeker couch without the bulk.
2. Back cushion type
Plush/Loose Cushions: These cushions are typically unattached and let you move them around. They have extra padding and often resemble pillows.
Standard Cushions: These cushions are semi-attached or fully attached and are not as padded as plush cushions.
Tight Cushions: These cushions work well for sleek designs but often need additional pillows for full comfort.
3. Arm Type
4. Leg Type
- Narrow: The narrow leg appears most often in mid-century modern styles, and it draws the eye to sleek, clean lines. It may or may not be tapered.
- Thick: The thick leg appears in many design styles and can be either high profile or low profile. Thick legs are often square, but can also be round.
— Material —
- Linen: As a natural fabric, linen will be the most breathable and most comfortable in hotter weather.
- Polyester: This fabric is more durable and stain resistant than linen and works well in family households.
- Leather: Those who love hard-wearing materials often turn to leather sectionals. Full grain leather shows a natural patina over time, while top grain leather better resists stains.
- Faux leather: Similar in appearance to real leather, faux leather is more affordable and holds up well to stains
— Sectional Sofa Care —
Do you know how to care for your sofa? Make sure to follow the cleaning tag instructions to avoid damaging the material.
Here are the main symbols you’ll see:
- W – Use distilled water/soap solution.
- WS – Use distilled water/soap solution or water-based cleaning solvents.
- S – Use water-free cleaning solvent, never water
- X – Vacuum only.
- E – Use a special leather cleaning kit.