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Sectionals Buying Guide

Most of us are familiar with sectional sofas. The common lounge-style seating for rec rooms, family rooms, and media rooms dates as far back as the Victorian Era and reached a design pinnacle during the modernist movement of the mid-20th century. Sectionals continue to be popular seating choices for large and small homes alike.

Types of Sectionals

Types of Sectionals

Formal and traditional, comfy and squishy, sleek and modernóall these descriptors pertain to sectional sofas. There are as many styles, colors, and features as you can imagine. We'll help you sort through the options, but the two main ways to organize this category of furniture is by shape.

L-Shape Sectional

An L-shape sectional is typically a sofa-style piece abutted on one end by an extension piece. The extension piece may be another sofa with cushions and an arm, or it may be a chaise-style piece. Both pieces may be the same size, resulting in a symmetrical L, or the back piece may be longer.

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modern style is yours with this leather L-shaped sectional sofa. Built on a stainless steel frame and upholstered in your choice o...f black, brown or white leather, this classic sectional sofa is the perfect choice for your home or office. Button tufting on the sofa seat cushions and back add to its elegance. Enjoy years of comfortable, durable seating for business or pleasure with this beautiful L-shaped sofa. Set includes: One (1) sectional Materials: Leather, steel Finish: Stainless steel Upholstery color options: Black, tan, white Left section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 58.5 inches long Right section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Overall dimensions: 30.5 inches high x 89.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Please note: Orders of 151-pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Assembly Required Color: White. read more

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modern style is yours with this leather L-shaped sectional sofa. Built on a stainless steel frame and upholstered in your choice o...f black, brown or white leather, this classic sectional sofa is the perfect choice for your home or office. Button tufting on the sofa seat cushions and back add to its elegance. Enjoy years of comfortable, durable seating for business or pleasure with this beautiful L-shaped sofa. Set includes: One (1) sectional Materials: Leather, steel Finish: Stainless steel Upholstery color options: Black, tan, white Left section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 58.5 inches long Right section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Overall dimensions: 30.5 inches high x 89.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Please note: Orders of 151-pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Assembly Required Color: Black. read more

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Add mid-century modern seating to your home or business decor with this sleek linear sofa. Upholstered in a rich button tufted woo...l, this iconic sectional features polished chrome accents to give it an eye-catching finish. Crafted from chrome and steel, this fabulous L-shaped sectional sofa combines comfort and style in one durable package. The roomy sofa has an overall length of 89.5 inches, offering plenty of room for extra guest seating. Use it in your family room or den to maximize functionality without sacrificing style. Set includes: One (1) sectional Materials: Wool, stainless steel Leg finish: Chrome Upholstery color options: Chocolate brown, dark grey Upholstery fill: Foam Left section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 58.5 inches long Right section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Overall dimensions: 30.5 inches high x 89.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Please note: Orders of 151-pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Assembly Required Color: Brown. read more

Modway Furniture
$1,885.99
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Add mid-century modern seating to your home or business decor with this sleek linear sofa. Upholstered in a rich button tufted woo...l, this iconic sectional features polished chrome accents to give it an eye-catching finish. Crafted from chrome and steel, this fabulous L-shaped sectional sofa combines comfort and style in one durable package. The roomy sofa has an overall length of 89.5 inches, offering plenty of room for extra guest seating. Use it in your family room or den to maximize functionality without sacrificing style. Set includes: One (1) sectional Materials: Wool, stainless steel Leg finish: Chrome Upholstery color options: Chocolate brown, dark grey Upholstery fill: Foam Left section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 58.5 inches long Right section: 30.5 inches high x 30.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Overall dimensions: 30.5 inches high x 89.5 inches wide x 89.5 inches long Please note: Orders of 151-pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Assembly Required Color: Grey. read more

U-Shape Sectional

A U-shape sectional has a large sofa-style piece abutted on both ends by extensions. The extensions may be sofa-style or chaise pieces or a combination of both. Sometimes there is another modular piece that floats in the middle of the U and functions like an ottoman.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Because it's a modular piece of furniture, a sectional can be configured virtually any way you dream up. The only limit is what the manufacturer presents as options. And if you cannot find enough options to match what's in your imagination, you can have a piece custom-made. Here are some things to keep in mind as you shop.

Traffic Flow

Whether you choose an L-shape or U-shape sectional, and which components you meld together, you'll have to consider how traffic will flow through the space. If the sectional will back up to a wall or float in the middle of the room, and people can approach it from either side, you can have an L-shape or U-shape sectional. If the sectional fits into a corner, or people will only be able to approach it from one side, an L-shape design is best.

Style

Because they are so popular, sectionals are available in a rainbow of colors and styles. Generally, a sectional with large cushions, chubby lines, and loose pillows is a casual style. Tight, form-fitting cushions, no extra pillows, bold colors, and sleek lines are the hallmarks of a modern sectional. And there are classic, traditional styles, too, which feature leather or dark upholstery, trims such as nailhead or fringe, and extra details like button tufting.

Size

It's a mistake to think a sectional is only for a large room. In fact, a sectional can be the perfect purchase for a small apartment or studio living space. Sectionals come in all sizes and shapes, and they can seat a crowd, which means you won't have to buy extra chairs. They also come apart, which makes moving them up stairs or into elevators easier than a single sofa.

Upholstery

Whether you choose a sectional that's upholstered in leather or cloth is a personal decision. Leather starts out tight, but it softens and loosens with age. It can look very formal, particularly with nailhead trim, or very casual if the sectional style includes floppy cushions and padded arms. You'll have to oil the leather periodically, and it requires special cleaning methods. For easier cleaning, choose a fabric sectional and have it stainproofed. However, the fabric will show more wear over time and eventually look worn out, whereas leather just looks comfortably broken in. Depending on the fabric type and pattern, the sectional can look formal or casual. A cotton or slipcovered sectional looks more casual; a chenille or velvet sectional tends to look more formal. However, the style of the sectional frame determines its look more than the upholstery.

Features

There are a number of interesting features to consider incorporating into your sectional. Chaise longues are comfortable if you spend a lot of time with your feet up. Hideaway beds can host guests. There are also numerous seating and cushion arrangements, from long single cushions to small separate ones. Some sectionals are defined into individual seats; you can even cluster several recliners side by side. Still other features include storage compartments between seats, in footrests, or in the arms, and some sectionals have built-in side tables.

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