Choosing the best sectional for your living room comes down to four main factors: size, material, cost and style. While our list of best sectionals is gathered from customer reviews, not every one is going to work for every space and lifestyle. Considering your budget, how you want your living room to look and feel and the layout of your floor plan should also be key in your shopping journey!
How to Choose a Sectional
Size | Because sectionals provide abundant seating for large families and gatherings, it’s more important than ever to measure. From the actual design itself, to the space you plan to put it in, you want to get that measuring tape and ensure you record accurate numbers for the overall width, depth and height.
Material | Material makes the sectional. Here are your options:
- 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
Cost | Shopping on a budget? Go for the simple sectionals; ones with chaises that are smaller in size and more similar to sofas will cost less than gigantic six-seaters with reclining and genuine leather upholstery. A little math, though, can also help you figure out if you are getting the best deal: if you need to seat six people anyways, for instance, purchasing one large sectional as opposed to six individual chairs can save you money in the long run!
Styles | Sectionals come with all the trimmings: deciding between these allows you the opportunity to express your personality through interior design – explore different colors, textures and shapes as you browse these designs.
- 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.
Best Features: Top grain leather - Power recliner
Top grain leather seats, a power reclining design and USB port, and adjustable headrests – it’s no wonder the Tatum consistently rakes in the top customer reviews year after year. Small space dwellers also appreciate the design’s versatile size.
Tatum Dark Grey 2 Piece Sectional: Featured Customer Review
"I absolutely love this sofa. It looks great in my living room, it is clean and sleek looking. I have 4 dogs and I love that I can just wipe it clean. I let my dogs go on my sofa and they love it too!!" - Jodie
Best Features: Comfy seating - Neutral color
The Alder Foam is a tour-de-force of comfort and a top-rated bestseller for a reason. Featuring a soft, cozy fabric over a comfort foam blend designed for total lounging bliss – it’s the perfect companion for lazy weekends.
Alder Foam 4 Piece Sectional with Right Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"If you're looking for a couch that can fit the whole family, this is the one. It's comfortable and I feel like it will last us a long time." - Sally
Best Features: Foam cushions - Bold pillows
Featuring cozy beige upholstery designed for all-day lounging, it’s not hard to see why the Amherst deserves its ever-growing fanbase. Plus, it’s sturdy: like most of the sectionals on this list, the Amherst is built on a kiln-dried solid hardwood frame. But the real reason why it shines has to do with what’s not seen: a comfy foam composition that contours, cradles and supports, all at once.
Amherst 2 Piece Sectional: Featured Customer Review
"I absolutely love this sofa, its look, the material, and comfort. A nice solid piece of furniture that will go with any decor. I am very happy with this purchase!" - Beachy
Best Feature: Big sizeAlmost since the moment the Cosmos was first introduced on the market a few years back, it’s proved to be a cult favorite among consumers. It's also proved that bigger is better: if you’re after roomy seating, it’s got it. Lots of it.
Cosmos Grey 2 Piece Sectional with Left Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"We absolutely love the low profile of this couch. It was perfect for opening up our living room without cutting off walking space to the kitchen. The color is neutral, but nice (matches our cat's fur, thankfully). The back cushions velcro on, so they do make a bit of a noise if you plop down, but they're very squishy and comfortable . . . Either way, I took a great nap on it today, so no complaints!" - Brittany
Best Feature: Sleeper
The Paige’s chaise isn’t just a chaise – it’s also a sleeper chaise. What’s more, it comes with a split back and 5 unique positions for arrangement, designed for saving space or expanding, as needed. In other words, it’s everything one could ever hope for in a sectional; year after year, the customer reviews tend to agree.
Paige Convertible Chaise Sleeper: Featured Customer Review
"I love how multifunctional and comfortable this sofa is. I can comfortably sleep and lounge on the side while my partner sits and watches television. It's a wonderful addition to our home." - Cilla
Best Features: Two-piecer - Modern design
If you’re on a tighter budget, the Arrowmask is eager to rise to the occasion. Features include modern track arms, a spacious chaise and tufted back cushions. A low price tag just the cherry on top of this top-reviewed sectional design.
Arrowmask 2 Piece Sectional with Left Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"We found this set, and as a family, we fell in love. With a baby on the way, we felt all of us would have plenty of room; after we got the sofa and claimed our spots, we had more space then we needed. A few weeks in, we find ourselves still very comfortable (and Daddy will, on occasion, fall asleep!" - Patrick
Best Features: Big size - Affordability
Your search for the most comfortable, most affordable sectional is over. Meet the Alder: a massive four-seater whose sole purpose is to serve up unbeatable comfort, day in and day out. It’s no wonder so many customers have felt the need to return the favor with 5-star ratings.
Alder 4 Piece Sectional: Featured Customer Review
"So great. Comfy, large, and in charge. Great quality!" - Dustinbrown99
Best Features: Track arms - Supportive comfort
While the statement pillows and sleek lines of the McDade technically classify it as ‘modern,’ it’s anything but stuffy. Take one glance at its customer reviews, and you’ll see what we mean. All told, a total comfort design.
McDade Graphite with Left Arm Facing Armless Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"If you like firm couches, this is the one for you! The quality is amazing for the price." - Diana
Best Features: Deep seats - Tweed-inspired fabric
‘Come for the style, stay for the feel,’ should be the motto of the Amherst. Features include luxe-to-the-touch fabric over comfort foam cushioning, and an attention-grabbing silhouette. We’ve long held the belief that the Amherst makes a statement every possible way; its customer ratings tend to agree.
Amherst 2 Piece Sectional with Right Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"A quality couch with firm yet comfortable pillows. The fabric is nice, too. The color is slightly darker in person, but still has that light-colored couch feel and will work in absolutely any type of decor/style." - Lomclaugh3
Best Feature: Spacious seating
For the best sectional sofa, what can we say? The Amherst’s customer reviews pretty much have it covered, so we’re just going to let them speak for themselves. (“Super comfortable,” “Best sofa ever,” and, simply, “Perfect” are just a few of our favorites!)
Amherst 2 Piece Sectional with Right Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Reviews
"We were long overdue for a good L-shaped couch, but struggled to find the right look, and especially, the feel. This had the right color, with enough gray in the white to cover small marks. Good support and space for two to comfortably lounge!" - JonB
Best Features: Tufted back - Chaise
The Arrowmask features a cozy charcoal finish and comfy, spacious chaise – but the tufted upholstery steals the show. Also worth noting is its durability factor; “easy-to-clean” and “extra strong frame” are common motifs within the Arrowmask’s customer reviews.
Arrowmask 2 Piece Sectional with Right Arm Facing Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"The couch was relatively easy to put together, the only challenge was fitting the legs on the bottom. The comfort and style of the couch is perfect! It’s comfortable without sinking in and has so much room for more than one person." - Samantha
Best Features: Reversible chaise - versatile size
The Tucker wins at the versatility game. Its sleek size, neutral color and reversible configuration make it adaptable to almost any home style and floor plan. Customers also tend to appreciate the matching chair that comes in the collection.
Tucker Sofa with Reversible Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"I did so much research and decided on this couch even before I went in the store. I loved it even more in the store. The legs are not super easy to put on, but the rest is ready to go when it gets to you. It is solid, not saggy in the pillows and offers great support. We have been spending the last month lounging on it with my daughter and Lab. Love it!" - Shelly
Best Features: Sleeper - Customizable
A part of the Special Order program, the Aspen comes with 100+ fabric and configuration options, which means that the options for customization are virtually limitless. While there are hundreds of high-rated sectionals in the Special Order program, we’re singling the Aspen out for its unassuming style. Not completely modern, not completely traditional, but rather a “blank canvas” silhouette just waiting to come alive with customization.
Aspen Tranquil Foam 2 Piece Sleeper Sectional: Featured Customer Review
"We had been looking for the perfect couch for both ourselves and our pets. The material cleans well with a quick swipe of a lint brush and the couch itself is very comfortable." - Amie
Best Features: Modular - 100% leather
The Greer lets you choose your configuration, so you can shape your living room exactly as you wish. Of course, shape would be nothing without comfort; the Greer’s foam core feather blend cushions make this sectional everything.
Greer Sectional: Featured Customer Review"High quality leather and comfortable. The color can fit in with any room." - Fott (originally posted on Greer Dark Grey Sectional)
Best Features: Tapered legs - TuftedIf ‘small space sectional’ were a game, we wouldn’t want to go up against the Ginger Sectional, which has all the advantages. Style (mid-century-inspired), color (shown here in blue), comfort (tufted foam cushions) and, of course, small-space dimensions (109” is very hard to beat)!
Ginger Sectional: Featured Customer Review"This is a very comfortable and stylish couch. It has a 70s modern feel to it and goes well in a family or loft space." - BandB
Best Features: Adjustable headrest - USB
Last on this list of best sectionals, but first in the hearts of many recliner-loving consumers. (See the Tatum’s reviews to get an idea of what we’re talking about here!) Star features include adjustable headrest, USB and, of course, power reclining technology.
Tatum Dark Grey Two Piece Sectional with Right Arm Facing Armless Chaise: Featured Customer Review
"We are loving our couch! The color is beautiful. The leather is comfy. It never is too cold or hot to sit on. We love the recliner with the USB so we can charge our phones. And the chaise is awesome for guests! Very happy with the purchase." - Cynthia
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.
— 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.
5. Storage Chaise
— 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.
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