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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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Modway Furniture

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. read more

Modway Furniture

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. read more

Home Styles

Home Styles Cabana Banana L Shape Sectional in a Honey Oak Finish is constructed of all natural woven banana leaves in a Honey fin...ish. Is made of sustainable materials. Cushions are cotton twill fabric in ecru color. Cleaning instructions for fabric ? Use any commercial upholstery cleaner. Dimensions: • 85 W x 32 D x 36 H Features: • Banana Leaves & Mahogany Hardwoods • Honey Finish • Assembly Required read more

LexMod
$1,973.00 $3,729.75
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Loft L-Shaped Leather Sectional Sofa in Tan - The mid-20th century was a time when hopes were at their highest. Technological deve...lopments were bustling forward, and the new world was just barely visible in the distance. But this time also presented a dilemma of sorts. The test of this forthcoming era was to be whether industry would foster comfort or stifle it. What makes the Loft series so complete? At first glance, it displays a pleasant linear design with an external tubular stainless steel frame. The back and seat are tufted and buttoned to enhance the overall richness of the piece. But can these aspects be said to define the totality of a classic? The answer then must be something profound. A thought that serves as representative of that era, while matching the sentiments of our present age. Our suggestion is that the Loft series conveys the potential of progress. From amidst the steel base, a comfortable seating experience is attained. From out of the exponential surge of technological growth, comes peace and solace. Perhaps this is why Loft is the sofa series of choice for so many Fortune 500 companies. Aside from its iconic feel, the set is symbolic of a time when technological innovation could do no wrong. When ??faster?x9D was seen only as something positive. The Loft series is the preferred choice for reception areas, living rooms, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other lounge spaces. Set Includes: One - Loft L-Shaped Sectional Sofa in Leather Mid Century Modern 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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Venetian Worldwide
$1,988.57 $2,486.96
at Sears

Great for family rooms, this ultra comfortable sectional has built-in drink trays and recliners at each end. The seats, backs, and... arms are finished with brown Elephant Skin Microfiber while the base and side panels are covered with Espresso... read more

Venetian Worldwide WOLCOTT Reclining Sectional Brown Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$889.99 $1,318.89
at Sears

Build a modern living room rife with creature comforts. Our DeCarlo Designer Sectional Sofa is a comfortable modern couch with ple...ntiful foam cushioning for maximum relaxation, including overstuffed armrests. This Malaysian-manufactured marvel comes in two pieces: 1 sofa and 1 chaise lounge, each of which is crafted with a frame made of both hardwood and plywood and can be secured to one another with the attached metal bracket connector. Dark brown bonded leather with dark legs complete your new contemporary sectional sofa set. The DeCarlo Sectional requires minor assembly and should be wiped clean with a damp cloth. This style is offered with either a left or right facing chaise in either dark brown or cream bonded leather (each sold separately). Overall dimensions: 33 inches high x 114.5 inches wide x 68.5 inches deep Sofa seat dimensions: 17.25 inches high x 60.5 inches wide x 21.5 inches deep Chaise seat dimensions: 17.25 inches high x 27.5 inches wide x 56 inches deep Arm height : 26 inches read more

Baxton DeCarlo Dark Brown Leather Modern Sectional Sofa with Left Facing Chaise Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$1,304.99 $1,711.91
at Sears

Large living space? Large family? The sizable Adelaide Contemporary Sofa offers seating aplenty with room to spare. A frame made o...f both hardwood and plywood is topped with medium-firm foam cushioning, defining the modern couch s gorgeous, sleek modern lines. Dark brown bonded leather upholsters the 2-piece sofa and chaise set. Adjustable headrests and black wood legs with non-marking feet complete this Malaysian-made designer sectional sofa. Please note: the sofa and chaise are freestanding; they do not connect to one another. To clean your modern sectional sofa, wipe with a damp cloth and dry immediately. The Adelaide Sectional, which requires minor assembly, is offered with a right facing or left facing chaise configuration in both brown or white leather (each sold separately). Product dimension: 130in W x 99inD x 27.5in-36inH read more

Baxton Adelaide Brown Leather Modern Sectional Sofa (Right Facing Chaise) Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$1,184.99 $1,694.05
at Sears

This contemporary couch creation is truly fit for the modern home. A two-piece designer sectional sofa, the Dolan Modern Sofa is a... two-piece set including both a chaise lounge and sofa that can be connected to one another with use of the metal bracket system. Manufactured in Malaysia, a solid hardwood frame, foam cushioning, black bonded leather, and black plastic legs make this a sturdy, comfortable set. Adjustable headrests are a useful, convenient feature. The Dolan Contemporary Sofa requires minor assembly, should be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and is also available with a right facing chaise lounge (sold separately).Overall dimensions: 29 inches high x 119 inches wide x 88 inches deep read more

Baxton Dolan Black Leather Modern Sectional Sofa with Left Facing Chaise Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$1,377.99 $1,806.96
at Sears

The Donovan Designer Sectional Sofa is everyone s new favorite spot to relax. This red bonded leather sectional comes in two piece...s: one sofa and one chaise lounge that secure together with a metal bracket. It is made in China with a wooden frame, foam... read more

Baxton Donovan Red Leather Modern Sectional Sofa Gray Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$2,229.99 $2,954.80
at Sears

Sleek. Minimal. Contemporary. Basic. When it comes to the Godfrey Sectional, style is certain and comfort comes standard. Built wi...th quality in mind, this sofa and chaise set is made with a solid wood frame, dense foam cushioning, and chrome-plated steel legs. Soft black genuine leather upholsters the tops of the seats, fronts of the backrests, and tops of the armrests and is paired with faux leather on the back and sides. Metal brackets are attached to the insides of the two pieces so they can be secured together. The set is finished off with non-marking feet and leather panel detailing on the seat surfaces. Minor assembly is required. Sectional measures 31 inches high x 107.5 inches wide x 68.5 inches deep; seat height: 17 inches. read more

Baxton Godfrey Black Leather Modern Sectional Sofa Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$1,149.99 $1,538.04
at Sears

Form, function, and fashion: the Parkis Designer Sectional has it all. This stylish designer living room seating is made in China ...with a birch wood frame, black wood legs, and beautiful beige linen upholstery. Firm foam cushioning provides comfort while plentiful buttons tuft the back and sides of the sectional. Additional detail shines along the edges: silver nail head trim gives this affordable sectional a hint of the high-end. Removable seat cushions complete the modern sectional. The Parkis Linen Sectional Sofa requires minor assembly and should be exclusively spot cleaned. Also available is the Parkis Sectional in gray linen as well as both a beige and gray option of the Parkis as a sofa (each sold separately). Product dimension: 85.37inW x 68.5inD x 33.75inH, seat dimension: 74.5inW x 57inD x 20.12inH, arm height: 33.75in read more

Baxton Parkis Beige Linen Button Tufted Sectional Sofa Beige & Tan Non-Sleeper
Baxton
$974.99 $1,509.97
at Sears

Your living room is lookin good with the Hilaria Designer Sectional sitting front and center. This contemporary creation features ...two pieces: 1 sofa and 1 curved chaise lounge that connect to one another via the attached metal bracket system. Relax for years on a sturdy hardwood frame, foam cushioning, s springs, and pocket springs. Made in Malaysia, the modern sofa is finished with beige bonded leather and dark brown wood legs with non-marking feet. The backrest cushions are removable (attached with Velcro) while the seat cushions are sewn to the frame. The Hilaria Sectional requires minor assembly and should be wiped clean with a damp cloth. This style is also available in black leather (sold separately).Seat height: 17 inches Dimensions: 34 inches high x 130 inches wide x 79 inches deep read more

Baxton Hilaria Beige Leather Modern Sectional Sofa Beige & Tan Non-Sleeper
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