Sectional Seating: What’s Best For Your Home?

Shoppers love sectional seating, and the array of choices has never been better. While seating configurations like sectionals have been around for a while, the resurgence in the last few years shows no signs of easing. While this way of providing seating for your family and guests can be convenient, you might need to do some research before you hit the showroom floor. Read on to learn more.

What's So Great About Sectionals?

No matter what size of living room or family room you have, there is a sectional that's right for it. There are very few ways to automatically add so much seating to a room as with a sectional. Sectionals allow people to sit, lie, sleep, prop their feet, and more – and all in one connected piece. Too many small chairs make small rooms appear even smaller, but a sectional creates plenty of seating in one simple and flowing piece.

Measure Twice, Shop Once

Sectionals can be deceiving when you see them in the store and it can be difficult to imagine them in your much smaller family room. You should not only take a tape measure to your room but consider your other pieces as well. Measure the space where your new sectional will live and measure both length and depth. Some sectionals have over-sized pillow-like arms and backs and that might mean a problem with fit for smaller places. You want your new sectional to look organic in your room and not like a piece that you have to work around, so pay close attention to scale.

Grafting paper can come in handy when purchasing larges pieces like sectionals. Simply convert your measurements in feet to inches and mark off where your sectional and other pieces like the coffee table will go. You might even consider an online room-planning app that allows you to plug in common sectional configurations.

To avoid a crowded look, be sure and leave some walking space between your pieces. Experts recommend leaving about 2 feet of leeway between your pieces such as a sofa and a coffee table. Most rooms have traffic patterns, so if you and your family plan to be walking through certain areas of the room regularly, plan on leaving about 4 feet of clear space.

Configuration Choices

Sectionals look versatile, but many are not quite as movable as they appear. Be sure to pay attention to the configuration before you buy.

Modular – This is the most flexible of all configurations since nearly every piece can be moved around. You will find that most modular units have relatively small footprints per piece and that you can buy only the pieces you need.

U-Shape – The u-shape lends a coziness and is meant for conversation. These pieces often consist of three sofas or loveseat-sized pieces with two corner pieces.

L-Shape – This is the classic sectional with one longer sofa section attached to a corner and another long or shorter piece, all at a right angle. In some cases, the shorter piece is more of a chaise lounge piece.

To get a better idea of what is available, visit your local furniture dealer.