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Sectional Sofa Buying Guide

So, you're ready for a spacious upgrade and thinking about buying a sectional sofa. With our wide selection, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your living space. Ready to start shopping? Browse our entire collection of sectional sofas. Many of our sectionals are available in multiple configurations. So, if you find a piece you love but need a different layout, feel free to call, email or live chat us. We'll help you find the right fit for your living space.

For more information, scroll down to explore tips and pointers in our sectional buying guide!

There are many questions to ask before purchasing a sectional sofa. What type of layout do you prefer? What size do you need? What upholstery do you want? You're making a big commitment with several factors to consider, which is why we made the process easier with our convenient sectional buying guide.

Scroll down to learn more about each type, size and upholstery for sectional sofas and discover which one is your perfect fit.

––––––––––––––––––––   WHICH TYPE OF SECTIONAL DO YOU PREFER?   ––––––––––––––––––––

Stationary Sectional Sofa

Stationary: Stationary sectional sofas don't move. They are a stable, affordable choice for anyone who can do without lean back or add-on features. Pair an oversized ottoman with your stationary sectional for elevated relaxation.

Reclining Sectional Sofa

Reclining: If one or more seats in a sectional recline, it is categorized as a reclining sectional. Reclining sectionals come in two different styles: manual and power recline. Power reclining sectional sofas give you effortless relief at the touch of a button, and often come with other power features, like cooling cup holders, heated seats and massage capabilities. Manual recline, on the other hand, gives you full body support by pressing a button or pulling a lever. Manual reclining sectional sofas are often more affordable than power reclining and include less extra features.

––––––––––––––––––––   WHAT SIZE DO YOU NEED?   ––––––––––––––––––––

Small Sectional Sofa

Small Sectional (2-piece sectional sofas)

Usually L-shaped, two-piece sectional sofas are available in several different configurations. They can include combinations like two sofas or a loveseat and wedge. Small sectionals give you a plush spot to sprawl without taking up too much floor space.

If you're looking to fill a corner or designate a living space in a compact loft, a two piece sectional is a smart choice. Soft area rugs can also help separate living areas.

Mid-sized Sectional

Mid-sized Sectional (3-piece sectional sofas)

With three-piece sectionals, you'll start to notice many U-shaped layouts; for example, a sofa, loveseat and chaise lounge configuration. This size gives you ample seating for one room, accommodating anywhere from three to six people. It's also perfect for framing a large cocktail ottoman or coffee table.

Large Sectional

Large Sectional (4-piece, 5-piece and 6-piece sectional sofas)

Large sectional sofas take game day, movie night or any other home entertainment event to the next level. Perfect for big families or hosting enthusiasts, large sectionals give you plenty of seating without skimping on comfort or style. Most are even spacious enough to provide a last-minute sleeping space for overnight guests.

––––––––––––––––––––   WHICH UPHOLSTERY IS YOUR FAVORITE?   ––––––––––––––––––––

Fabric Swatch

Fabric sectionals: Inexpensive and pleasant to touch, fabric sectional give you the perfect spot to snuggle up. Many people prefer fabric sectionals for their soft feel and large variety of colors.

Microfiber Swatch

Microfiber sectionals: Microfiber sectionals have several desirable traits, including their durability. These long-lasting pieces are naturally stain resistant, water repelling and easy-to-clean additions to any home. Their ultra soft feel also appeals to many sectional shoppers.

Faux Leather Swatch

Faux leather & leather blend sectionals: Faux leather consists of man-made materials and is an environmentally friendly alternative to genuine leather. It requires very little maintenance and gives your home the sophisticated look of leather at a lower price tag. Leather blend sectionals feature one or more upholsteries, from bonded leather to vinyl. A common example is a leather frame sectional with fabric seat and back cushions.

Leather Swatch

Bonded leather and genuine leather sectionals: Unlike faux leather, bonded leather sectionals contain pieces of real leather. Normally, scrap pieces of leather are combined with synthetic fibers to make bonded leather upholstery. In comparison, genuine leather is exactly what it sounds like: real animal hide. It is a durable and long-lasting investment that ages beautifully. For a more in-depth look at leather upholstery, check out our leather care tips blog post.

––––––––––––––––––––   SECTIONAL ORIENTATIONS EXPLAINED   ––––––––––––––––––––

Right-facing (RAF) sofa sectional

Right-facing (RAF): Right-facing is a shortened version of RAF, which stands for right arm facing. If a sectional has a right-facing sofa, for example, that means when you are directly facing the chair it has an arm on your right side.

Left-facing (LAF) sofa sectional

Left-facing (LAF): Similarly, left-facing is a shortened version of LAF, which stands for left arm facing. So, when you are directly facing a LAF sofa, it has an arm on your left side. Make sure you order the correct pieces when purchasing your sectional. You don't want to accidentally end up with two right-facing sofas.

Reversible and modular sofa sectionl

Reversible and modular: Reversible and modular sectionals give you the ability to rearrange or add pieces. An armless chair is a fantastic example of a reversible sectional piece. You can easily add length to a modular sectional by hooking on an armless chair.

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Tape Measure Icon

How we measure our sectionals: When reading dimensions on our website, know that all measurements are recorded as if you are facing the sectional directly. For example:

  • Height 38-inches means 38 inches from the sectional base to the top of the back.
  • Width 117-inches means 117 inches wide from right arm to left arm, including all sectional pieces between.
  • Depth 88-inches means 88 inches from the front-facing edge to the back side of the sectional.

*The listed dimensions for curved sectional sofas or sectionals with rounded corner pieces are approximate.

Measure your room: Take notes of the length, width and height of your living space. If your piece will be sitting in front of a window, write down the wall height to ensure that your sectional doesn't sit higher than your windowsill.

Tape it out: Use masking or painter's tape on the floor to mark the space your sectional will fill. This will give you an accurate visualization of your sectional size and help you organize end tables, ottomans or other home décor in the room.

Assess your hallways: Find out the dimensions of your hall and doorways. Keep these notes on hand when furniture shopping to make sure each sectional piece will fit during delivery.

CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING SECTIONALS NOW!   >

Sectional Sofa Buying Guide

So, you're ready for a spacious upgrade and thinking about buying a sectional sofa. With our wide selection, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your living space. Ready to start shopping? Browse our entire collection of sectional sofas. Many of our sectionals are available in multiple configurations. So, if you find a piece you love but need a different layout, feel free to call, email or live chat us. We'll help you find the right fit for your living space.

For more information, scroll down to explore tips and pointers in our sectional buying guide!

There are many questions to ask before purchasing a sectional sofa. What type of layout do you prefer? What size do you need? What upholstery do you want? You're making a big commitment with several factors to consider, which is why we made the process easier with our convenient sectional buying guide.

Scroll down to learn more about each type, size and upholstery for sectional sofas and discover which one is your perfect fit.

WHICH TYPE OF SECTIONAL DO YOU PREFER?

Stationary Sectional Sofa

Stationary: Stationary sectional sofas don't move. They are a stable, affordable choice for anyone who can do without lean back or add-on features. Pair an oversized ottoman with your stationary sectional for elevated relaxation.

Reclining Sectional Sofa

Reclining: If one or more seats in a sectional recline, it is categorized as a reclining sectional. Reclining sectionals come in two different styles: manual and power recline. Power reclining sectional sofas give you effortless relief at the touch of a button, and often come with other power features, like cooling cup holders, heated seats and massage capabilities. Manual recline, on the other hand, gives you full body support by pressing a button or pulling a lever. Manual reclining sectional sofas are often more affordable than power reclining and include less extra features.

WHAT SIZE DO YOU NEED?

Small Sectional Sofa

Small Sectional (2-piece sectional sofas)

Usually L-shaped, two-piece sectional sofas are available in several different configurations. They can include combinations like two sofas or a loveseat and wedge. Small sectionals give you a plush spot to sprawl without taking up too much floor space.

If you're looking to fill a corner or designate a living space in a compact loft, a two piece sectional is a smart choice. Soft area rugs can also help separate living areas.

Mid-sized Sectional

Mid-sized Sectional (3-piece sectional sofas)

With three-piece sectionals, you'll start to notice many U-shaped layouts; for example, a sofa, loveseat and chaise lounge configuration. This size gives you ample seating for one room, accommodating anywhere from three to six people. It's also perfect for framing a large cocktail ottoman or coffee table.

Large Sectional

Large Sectional (4-piece, 5-piece and 6-piece sectional sofas)

Large sectional sofas take game day, movie night or any other home entertainment event to the next level. Perfect for big families or hosting enthusiasts, large sectionals give you plenty of seating without skimping on comfort or style. Most are even spacious enough to provide a last-minute sleeping space for overnight guests.

WHICH UPHOLSTERY IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Fabric Swatch

Fabric sectionals: Inexpensive and pleasant to touch, fabric sectional give you the perfect spot to snuggle up. Many people prefer fabric sectionals for their soft feel and large variety of colors.

Microfiber Swatch

Microfiber sectionals: Microfiber sectionals have several desirable traits, including their durability. These long-lasting pieces are naturally stain resistant, water repelling and easy-to-clean additions to any home. Their ultra soft feel also appeals to many sectional shoppers.

Faux Leather Swatch

Faux leather & leather blend sectionals: Faux leather consists of man-made materials and is an environmentally friendly alternative to genuine leather. It requires very little maintenance and gives your home the sophisticated look of leather at a lower price tag. Leather blend sectionals feature one or more upholsteries, from bonded leather to vinyl. A common example is a leather frame sectional with fabric seat and back cushions.

Leather Swatch

Bonded leather and genuine leather sectionals: Unlike faux leather, bonded leather sectionals contain pieces of real leather. Normally, scrap pieces of leather are combined with synthetic fibers to make bonded leather upholstery. In comparison, genuine leather is exactly what it sounds like: real animal hide. It is a durable and long-lasting investment that ages beautifully. For a more in-depth look at leather upholstery, check out our leather care tips blog post.

SECTIONAL ORIENTATIONS EXPLAINED

Right-facing (RAF) sofa sectional

Right-facing (RAF): Right-facing is a shortened version of RAF, which stands for right arm facing. If a sectional has a right-facing sofa, for example, that means when you are directly facing the chair it has an arm on your right side.

Left-facing (LAF) sofa sectional

Left-facing (LAF): Similarly, left-facing is a shortened version of LAF, which stands for left arm facing. So, when you are directly facing a LAF sofa, it has an arm on your left side. Make sure you order the correct pieces when purchasing your sectional. You don't want to accidentally end up with two right-facing sofas.

Reversible and modular sofa sectionl

Reversible and modular: Reversible and modular sectionals give you the ability to rearrange or add pieces. An armless chair is a fantastic example of a reversible sectional piece. You can easily add length to a modular sectional by hooking on an armless chair.

HOW TO MEASURE FOR A SECTIONAL SOFA

Tape Measure Icon

How we measure our sectionals: When reading dimensions on our website, know that all measurements are recorded as if you are facing the sectional directly. For example:

  • Height 38-inches means 38 inches from the sectional base to the top of the back.
  • Width 117-inches means 117 inches wide from right arm to left arm, including all sectional pieces between.
  • Depth 88-inches means 88 inches from the front-facing edge to the back side of the sectional.

*The listed dimensions for curved sectional sofas or sectionals with rounded corner pieces are approximate.

Measure your room: Take notes of the length, width and height of your living space. If your piece will be sitting in front of a window, write down the wall height to ensure that your sectional doesn't sit higher than your windowsill.

Tape it out: Use masking or painter's tape on the floor to mark the space your sectional will fill. This will give you an accurate visualization of your sectional size and help you organize end tables, ottomans or other home décor in the room.

Assess your hallways: Find out the dimensions of your hall and doorways. Keep these notes on hand when furniture shopping to make sure each sectional piece will fit during delivery.