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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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West Elm
$2,887.00 $3,397.00
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Classic crowd-pleaser. Assembled at west elm's own facility in the USA and constructed with many recycled materials, the Henry Sec...tional?s clean lines and comfortable cushions are available in an array of durable, high-performance fabrics. Each piece is crafted with hand-built frames and hand-finished upholstery. 101"w x 101"d x 36"h. Loose cushions with foam padding for maximum comfort. Solid wood legs with Chocolate-stained finish. Seat deck and springs made from 70% recycled materials. Foam in cushions and arms made from 20% soy-based materials. Pillow filling made from recycled water bottles; padding and seat fiber made from recycled carpet materials. View swatches + fabric content for special order upholstery. Meet the maker of this handcrafted piece. Assembled in the USA. View the complete Henry Collection. read more

West Elm
$2,674.00 $3,147.00
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Cozy and casual. Loose, hand-built back cushions, wide arms and perfect seat height make this Walton Sectional a prime spot for lo...unging. Relaxed and refined, each piece is crafted in the USA with hand-built frames and cushions and hand-finished upholstery. 97"sq. x 37"h. Solid wood legs with a Chocolate-stained finish. Loose seat and back cushions. Polyester foam padding for maximum comfort. View swatches + fabric content for special order upholstery. Meet the maker of this handcrafted piece. Assembled in the USA. Select items are online/catalog only. View the complete Walton Collection. read more

West Elm
$2,887.00 $3,397.00
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Classic crowd-pleaser. Assembled at west elm's own facility in the USA and constructed with many recycled materials, the Henry Sec...tional?s clean lines and comfortable cushions are available in an array of durable, high-performance fabrics. Each piece is crafted with hand-built frames and hand-finished upholstery. 101"w x 101"d x 36"h. Loose cushions with foam padding for maximum comfort. Solid wood legs with Chocolate-stained finish. Seat deck and springs made from 70% recycled materials. Foam in cushions and arms made from 20% soy-based materials. Pillow filling made from recycled water bottles; padding and seat fiber made from recycled carpet materials. View swatches + fabric content for special order upholstery. Meet the maker of this handcrafted piece. Assembled in the USA. View the complete Henry Collection. read more

West Elm
$2,887.00 $3,397.00
at West Elm

Classic crowd-pleaser. Assembled at west elm's own facility in the USA and constructed with many recycled materials, the Henry Sec...tional?s clean lines and comfortable cushions are available in an array of durable, high-performance fabrics. Each piece is crafted with hand-built frames and hand-finished upholstery. 101"w x 101"d x 36"h. Loose cushions with foam padding for maximum comfort. Solid wood legs with Chocolate-stained finish. Seat deck and springs made from 70% recycled materials. Foam in cushions and arms made from 20% soy-based materials. Pillow filling made from recycled water bottles; padding and seat fiber made from recycled carpet materials. View swatches + fabric content for special order upholstery. Meet the maker of this handcrafted piece. Assembled in the USA. View the complete Henry Collection. 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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BrylaneHome
$49.99 $99.99
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This soft, velvet-like furniture protector has it all; a quilted box design, high-loft polyfill, microfleece back for comfort and ...an elasticized strap to keep it in place. Plus, this chair cover features a 50 oversized backdrop and generous front seat drop for full coverage. fits up to 22W seat with a special Sanitized Actifresh finish to resist odors polyester machine wash for more great ways to rejuvenate decor, shop rugs and artwork. Why Buy?Maintaining your home and furniture is easy with the help of our beautiful slipcovers. Comfortable and pretty, they protect your favorite chairs from the wear and tear of pets and everyday life. read more

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Frontgate
$4,356.00 $43,560.00
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The West Shore Sectional includes three 20" sq. throw pillows and three 18" sq. throw pillows. The Palm Chair Seat comes with a Co...mfortable ultra-down loose box seat cushion, a blend-down loose knife-edge back cushion and one 18" sq. throw pillow. Features one drawer and one lower shelf. The Plantation finish is a lightly distressed, sun-drenched Umber tone. Each piece coordinates with other items from our Tommy Bahama Island Estate Collection. The refined Caribbean styling of the Island Estate Collection is infused with a rich blending of natural materials like woven Abaca and Lampakanai, Coco shell, Penn shell, leather-wrapped bamboo, and woven rattan. This collection features sophisticated upholstered seating with an unerring eye toward detail, including authentic woven materials, signature woodcarvings and graceful sweeping profiles. Fabrics are tropical in inspiration yet stylish in their execution, including a rich assortment of island textures and signature prints in color palettes that are f read more

West Shore Sectional - Frontgate
Crate & Barrel
$1,104.15 $7,361.00
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Traditional roll-arm sofa takes a relaxed turn, rolling arms wide and plumping the welcoming frame with indulgently soft seat and ...back cushions. Family-friendly poly-acrylic upholstery weaves tweedy for a cozy, textured and durable covering.... read more

Ellyson Left Arm Sectional Chaise
Crate & Barrel
$1,104.15 $7,361.00
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Davis is a contemporary compact sectional designed for contemporary real life. Every imaginable configuration is possible between ...these modular pieces and the companion stand-alone pieces, all with firm but plump support. Upholstered in a sophisticated tonal taupe weave, they stand up to high traffic. Understated hardwood legs have a rich hickory finish. Davis sofa group also available. After you place your order, we will send a fabric swatch via next day air for your final approval. We will contact you to verify both your receipt and approval of the fabric swatch before finalizing your order. -Eco-friendly construction -Certified kiln-dried hardwood frame -Seat cushions are multilayer soy- or plant-based polyfoam wrapped in fiber/down blend encased in downproof ticking -Flexolator spring suspension -Back cushions are fiber/down encased in downproof ticking -100% polyester -Self-welt detail -Benchmade -See additional frame options below -Made in North Carolina, USA read more

Davis Right Arm Sectional Apartment Sofa
Crate & Barrel
$2,039.15 $13,594.33
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Davis is a contemporary compact sectional designed for contemporary real life. Every imaginable configuration is possible between ...these modular pieces and the companion stand-alone pieces, all with firm but plump support. Upholstered in a sophisticated tonal taupe weave, they stand up to high traffic. Understated hardwood legs have a rich hickory finish. Davis sofa group also available. After you place your order, we will send a fabric swatch via next day air for your final approval. We will contact you to verify both your receipt and approval of the fabric swatch before finalizing your order. -Eco-friendly construction -Certified kiln-dried hardwood frame -Seat cushions are multilayer soy- or plant-based polyfoam wrapped in fiber/down blend encased in downproof ticking -Flexolator spring suspension -Back cushions are fiber/down encased in downproof ticking -100% polyester -Self-welt detail -Benchmade -See additional frame options below -Made in North Carolina, USA read more

Davis 2-Piece Sectional Sofa
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$1,954.15 $13,027.67
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Asana Left Arm Sectional Chaise
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$1,105.00 $7,366.67
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Klyne's compact yet open lines refresh the room with a chic, casual attitude. Sleek profile makes for an even roomier experience. ...Nubby acrylic and polyester fabric in licorice lends a textural touch. After you place your order, we will send a fabric swatch via next day air for your final approval. We will contact you to verify both your receipt and approval of the fabric swatch before finalizing your order. -Eco-friendly construction -Certified sustainable kiln-dried hardwood frame -Seat and back cushions are soy- or plant-based polyfoam encased in synthetic ticking -Flexolator spring suspension -Hardwood legs with flannel finish -Upholstered in 54% acrylic and 46% polyester -Benchmade -Made in North Carolina, USA read more

Klyne II Left Arm Sectional Apartment Sofa
Crate & Barrel
$1,954.15 $13,027.67
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Traditional roll-arm sofa takes a relaxed turn, rolling arms wide and plumping the welcoming frame with indulgently soft seat and ...back cushions. Family-friendly poly-acrylic upholstery weaves tweedy for a cozy, textured and durable covering.... read more

Ellyson Right Arm Corner Sectional Sofa
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$4,503.30 $30,022.00
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