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 modern—all 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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$5098.00

Boasting clean lines and a neatly proportioned seat, this sectional re- imagines modern Italian design with down-wrapped cushions,... brass legs and a gently reclining back. For product details, ordering assistance and more, speak with our furniture specialists by emailing [furniture@anthropologie.com](mailto: furniture@anthropologie.com) or calling [844.599.2557](tel:844.599.2557) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Saturday. For aesthetic advice and tips to help decorate your space, email our home stylists at [homestylist@anthropologie.com](mailto: homestylist@anthropologie.com?Subject=anthropologie%20home%20stylist%20inquiry). read more

$4398.00

Boasting clean lines and a neatly proportioned seat, this linen-upholstered respite is inspired by modern Italian design, complete... with down-wrapped cushions, brass legs, and a gently reclining back. For product details, ordering assistance and more, speak with our furniture specialists by emailing [furniture@anthropologie.com](mailto: furniture@anthropologie.com) or calling [844.599.2557](tel:844.599.2557) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Saturday. For aesthetic advice and tips to help decorate your space, email our home stylists at [homestylist@anthropologie.com](mailto: homestylist@anthropologie.com?Subject=anthropologie%20home%20stylist%20inquiry). read more

$5098.00

Boasting clean lines and a neatly proportioned seat, this sectional re- imagines modern Italian design with down-wrapped cushions,... brass legs and a gently reclining back. For product details, ordering assistance and more, speak with our furniture specialists by emailing [furniture@anthropologie.com](mailto: furniture@anthropologie.com) or calling [844.599.2557](tel:844.599.2557) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Saturday. For aesthetic advice and tips to help decorate your space, email our home stylists at [homestylist@anthropologie.com](mailto: homestylist@anthropologie.com?Subject=anthropologie%20home%20stylist%20inquiry). read more

$4398.00

Boasting clean lines and a neatly proportioned seat, this linen-upholstered respite is inspired by modern Italian design, complete... with down-wrapped cushions, brass legs, and a gently reclining back. For product details, ordering assistance and more, speak with our furniture specialists by emailing [furniture@anthropologie.com](mailto: furniture@anthropologie.com) or calling [844.599.2557](tel:844.599.2557) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Saturday. For aesthetic advice and tips to help decorate your space, email our home stylists at [homestylist@anthropologie.com](mailto: homestylist@anthropologie.com?Subject=anthropologie%20home%20stylist%20inquiry). 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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Crate&Barrel
$2,399.00 $1938.00

Davis is designed to sit big in small spaces at an affordable price. Upright, yet comfortable, this diverse sectional collection m...akes itself right at home in any family room or casual living space. With options to suit any set-up, this 2-piece... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$570.00 $556.95

Better Homes and Gardens Campbell Reversible Sectional, Multiple Colors:Faux wool fabricTool-less assemblyRemovable coverSolid woo...d legsPocketed coil seat cushions1-year limited warranty read more

Abbyson
$2,008.98 $1607.18

Add ample seating along with a heightened sense of style to your living area with this beige sectional from Abbyson Living. Constr...ucted from kiln-dried solid wood, this furniture piece is durable to withstand many years of use. The beige sectional features a left-side chaise perfect for a quick snooze, and the back cushions are easily removed when cleaning is needed. Features: Materials: Solid wood, Neutral beige Italian fabric covering blended of polyester fiber Brass nailhead designs adds sophisticated look Solid frames featuring kiln-dried hardwoods No-sag sinuous spring construction Back cushions are removable and come with Velcro attachments for each cleaning Dimensions: Entire sectional: 115 inches wide x 38 inches deep x 38 inches high Chaise: Measures 85 inches long Wood legs: Measure 5 inches high Note: Each piece of furniture ships via White Glove Delivery. Two professional furniture movers will deliver the furniture directly to the room of your choice (including carrying it up two flights of stairs), set it up where you choose, and remove the packaging materials. Please Note: Our White Glove service only includes 15 minutes of setup, with no use of tools. If a product page indicates that assembly is required (such as on dining tables, chairs, desks, beds, etc.) assembly will be your responsibility. Please check here for our most up-to-date White Glove information. Please note: Orders will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. read more

Furniture of America
$1,378.49 $1240.64

Provide plenty of comfortable seating for your family or guests with this upholstered sectional from Furniture of America. The pol...yester, wood and foam materials of this sectional and included pillows withstand daily use. Relax with your favorite book, or gather the family for movie time on foam cushions with heavy duty springs that provide hours of comfort. Rest easy knowing that cleaning spills is easy thanks to the smooth polyester upholstery on this sectional, which has button-tufted back pillows. Customize the look of your room with the removable, solid wood legs and reversible seat cushions and back pillows. Set includes one (1) sectional and two (2) accent pillows Made from solid wood, fabric, foam and fiber Blue or grey upholstery with 1.8 high density foam Easy-to-clean polyester fabric with color options Long-lasting durability from a mixture of solid and engineered wood frame Heavy duty springs for comfort and stability Classic lines, track arms and button-tufted back pillows Reversible seat cushions and back pillows with zippers Solid, removable wood legs Two accent pillows included with color options Approximate sectional measures are 39" H x 84" W x 66" D Assembly required. This set ships in two (2) boxes. To prevent fading, keep material out of direct sunlight. Clean all pieces simultaneously to prevent any variance in color. Fabric is to be spot cleaned using professional dry cleaners only. Remember to abate the dust between the seat and the cushion. In addition, do not sit on the armrest to ensure longer life. This product will be shipped using Inside Home delivery. The product will be delivered to the nearest dry area (front door, garage, etc.) of your residence. Signature required upon delivery. 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. Color: Black. read more

Handy Living
$1,292.99 $1163.69

Featuring stunning mid-century modern design and crisp basil-green upholstery, this two-piece sectional brings the "wow" factor to... your living space. The sturdy hardwood frame holds up to everyday wear, and the individually wrapped pocket-coil spring system helps prevent sagging seats. A convenient click mechanism allows easy adjustment of the built-in armrest and headrests, so you can get and stay comfortable. Part of the Handy Living Furniture Collection Seat and back accented with tufting Features plush foam and fiber seating with an independently wrapped pocket coil spring system and no-sag springs Headrests and armrest feature a click mechanism that allows them to be adjusted for comfort Dark espresso all wood modern sleigh legs Sturdy mixed hardwood frame that is glued and corner blocked Innovative engineering and packaging design enable the sectional to be assembled in the actual room Eco-friendly and efficient product design uses less fossil fuel based components in construction and delivery Various components are recyclable at the end of use Materials: Polyester Linen, Hardwood Finish: Dark espresso Upholstery color: Basil green Upholstery fill: Plush foam and fiber seating with an independently wrapped pocket coil spring system and no-sag springs Dimensions: Loveseat seat: 18 inches high x 74.5 inches wide x 22 inches deep Loveseat: 30.5 inches high x 74.5 inches wide x 34.5 inches deep Arm height: 26 inches high Chaise seat: 18 inches high x 67.5 inches wide x 22 inches deep Chaise: 30 inches high x 79 inches wide x 35.5 inches deep Assembly required This product will be shipped using Inside Home delivery. The product will be delivered to the nearest dry area (front door, garage, etc.) of your residence. Signature required upon delivery. 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. read more

Furniture of America
$3,124.99 $2499.99

This Furniture of America Keaton sectional sofa gives you and your family plenty of space to kick back and relax in a stylish way.... Made with a solid hardwood internal frame for structural integrity, this brown sofa features polyfoam-filled cushions for ultimate comfort and is covered with a soft to the touch chenille upholstery that beckons you to experience. You can easily rearrange this sofa to fit any size environment and decor you may have. Materials: Hardwood, chenille, polyfoam Leg finish: Dark espresso Upholstery material: Chenille Beautifully proportioned sectional features rolled arms, plush tight back and ample seating spaces Polyfoam filled cushions with fiber-down blend Thick interior padding rolled arms Pampering and luxurious chenille upholstery Solid hardwood internal frame is double dowel and corner-blocked for structural integrity Brackets-free sectional offers flexible seating arrangements even for smallest of spaces Sectional includes six small accent pillows Dimensions: Sectional overall dimension: 38 inches high x 153 inches wide x 99 inches deep Left arm (facing) dimensions: 38 inches high x 99 inches wide x 39 inches deep Armless loveseat (facing) dimensions: 38 inches high x 75 inches wide x 39 inches deep Chaise dimensions: 38 inches high x 66 inches wide x 39 inches deep Assembly required. This product ships in three (3) boxes. To prevent fading, keep fabric out of direct sunlight. Rotate cushions and vacuum beneath them regularly. Clean all pieces simultaneously to prevent any variances in color. Chenille fabric are to be spot clean using professional dry cleaner only. Note: This product will be shipped using Inside Home delivery. The product will be delivered to the nearest dry area (front door, garage, etc.) of your residence. Signature required upon delivery. 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. read more

Christopher Knight Home
$979.98 $881.98

Create a warm and cozy atmosphere with this attractive 3-piece Fabric Sectional Sofa Set. The cushions are incredibly plush and so...ft, giving you more than enough comfort. Available in a charcoal grey or chocolate brown color, this set includes a sofa, chaise lounge, and an ottoman. The plywood and larch wood frame are lightweight, allowing you to enjoy this piece for many years to come. Features: Includes 3-seat sofa, chaise lounge, and ottoman Plywood and larch wood frame Espresso finished legs Polyester fabric upholstery Charcoal grey or chocolate brown options Firm foam cushions Back and seat cushions are removable Assembly required Set ships in multiple boxes No storage provided Cushions detach Cushions are not reversible Ships in 3 boxes Weight: Sofa: 86 pounds Chaise: 86 pounds Ottoman: 28 pounds Dimensions: Sofa: 33 inches high x 70 inches wide x 30.75 inches deep Chaise: 33 inches high x 70 inches wide x 30.75 inches deep Ottoman: 19 inches high x 30.75 inches wide x 25.50 inches deep This product will ship to you in multiple boxes Assembly required read more

$757.99 $682.19

The Aspen chaise sofa adds versatility to any smaller spaced living room. It is made of durable microfiber which is easy to clean.... The sofa can transform from a left or right sided chaise. The clean lines give this sectional a fresh modern spin on comfort. It can also be transformed into a sleeper sofa as well. The tan microfiber and brown leatherette material will match well with any contemporary color palate. The ottoman is included. Product Features: Ottoman Included Material: Microfiber Style: Transitional Assembly: Assembly Required Color: Tan Dimensions: Sofa Dimensions: 52.75 inches wide x 34 inches deep x 35 inches high Sofa Seat Dimensions (each seat cushion): 23 inches wide x 21.5 inches deep Chaise Dimensions: 29.75 inches wide x 57 inches deep x 35 inches high Chaise Seat Dimensions: 23 inches wide x 44 inches deep Seat Height from Floor: 18.5 inches high Ottoman Dimensions: 46 inches wide x 23 inches deep x 18 inches high Back Pillow Dimensions: 23 inches wide x 7 inches deep x 18 inches high Assembly Required 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. read more

$2,827.99 $2545.19

Let this chocolate brown leather sectional sofa from Porsche be the statement piece of your living room. This furniture features p...remium Italian leather and a durable hardwood frame. The transitional design easily matches with any classic to contemporary decor, while the rich chocolate color exudes sleek elegance.This durable Italian leather sectional sofa ensures family and movie nights are more comfortable than ever. Details: Kiln-dried hardwood frame 100-percent top grain, aniline-dyed, Italian leather Seat suspension features sinuous 9-gauge steel springs Back suspension features sinuous 9-gauge steel springs Semi-attached back cushions Walnut stained wood legs Leather match on sides and outside back Set includes 1 sofa LAF and 1 chaise RAF Leather, hardwood, metal, foam Chocolate brown Dimensions: Seat dimensions: 18.5 inches high x 20.5 inches deep Sectional sofa dimensions: 36.5 inches high x 116 inches wide x 37 inches deep Chaise dimensions: 85 inches long Note: Each piece of furniture ships via White Glove Delivery. Two professional furniture movers will deliver the furniture directly to the room of your choice (including carrying it up two flights of stairs), set it up where you choose, and remove the packaging materials. Please Note Our White Glove service only includes 15 minutes of setup, with no use of tools. If a product page indicates that assembly is required (such as on dining tables, chairs, desks, beds, etc.) assembly will be your responsibility. Please refer to the following link for our most up-to-date White Glove information: _https://help.overstock.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8#6 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. read more

$935.99 $842.39

The Aspen chaise sofa adds versatility to any smaller spaced living room. It is made of durable bonded leather, which is easy to c...lean. The sofa can transform from a left or right sided chaise. The clean lines give this sectional a fresh modern spin on comfort. It can also be transformed into a sleeper sofa as well. The Espresso bonded leather material will match well with any contemporary color palate. The ottoman is included. Product Features: Ottoman Included Material: Bonded Leather Style: Transitional Assembly: Assembly Required Color: Espresso Dimensions: Sofa Dimensions: 52.75 inches wide x 34 inches deep x 35 inches high Sofa Seat Dimensions (each seat cushion): 23 inches wide x 21.5 inches deep Chaise Dimensions: 29.75 inches wide x 57 inches deep x 35 inches high Chaise Seat Dimensions: 23 inches wide x 44 inches deep Seat Height from Floor: 18.5 inches high Ottoman Dimensions: 46 inches wide x 23 inches deep x 18 inches high Back Pillow Dimensions: 23 inches wide x 7 inches deep x 18 inches high Assembly Required 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. Color: Brown. read more

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