Fashioned from two, three, or four sections, a sectional sofa is frequently referred to as a “sectional,” and each section is joined at a 90-degree angle used in front of walls or other furniture and can significantly define your living space.
Wisely choose sectional sofas for quality in workmanship and great style since this will be a long-term investment. The most important and largest piece of furniture for your family room or living room is probably the sofa, and the sectional sofa and can take up a lot of space with its angles and pieces, yet offers different seating choices for your friends and family.
Sectional Sofa Shopping Tactics
- There are online websites for getting ideas for colors, fabrics, and types of sectional sofas available. Drop by showrooms, furniture marts and stores for comparisons and sit on the sofa.
- The price for the individual pieces might seem cheaper and will quickly add to a larger expenditure as you add the sections up, so have a concept of the total price and write it down. Be sure you measure your room area and measure the sofa pieces to fit into the room.
- Determine the purpose for the sectional sofa and how you want it to work for you. You might want the entire sofa to be against one long wall. Maybe you want an L-shaped unit to fit around a specific location. There are many types to choose from: recliners, armed or armless ends, sofa sleepers, footrest pieces, or chaise pieces. Be certain that the section sofa you select measures up to your requirements.
- Make sure the frame is of a hard wood. Ask the sales person what it’s made of. Alder and oak are good hardwood choices. Be sure it’s kiln dried to avoid cracking or warping and that it’s one to one and a quarter inches thick.
- The springs are below the cushions and they take the abuse from people sitting on the sofa and kids jumping on the sofa. Sinuous wires shaped like an “S” are steel and should run back to front. The old phrase “eight-way hand-tied” is an out-of-date method, so do not fall for the impression that handmade is better. It is expensive and not that durable.
- Select the fabric and colors. There are many to choose from. Look online for color charts or stop by a furniture outlet asking the salesperson to see a fabric board. Feel the fabrics and be sure it’s a tight weave. If you prefer leather, be sure it’s genuine and not faux. Have the salesperson show you the tags. Be sure the cushions are a heavy Dacron.
- Choose the style of back from: an attached pillow back, loose multi pillows for fluffing and moving around. A tight back sofa has no pieces to straighten, so these sofas are easier to clean, but uncomfortable. Attached pillows are soft, but cannot be removed for cleaning. Loose pillows can be easily moved around and clean.
Sectional Sofas for Small Spaces
It’s a fallacy to think that large furnishings cannot fit into small spaces. A large piece can do wonders making a small room seem cozy, inviting, and larger. It’s all about the focal point. One sectional sofa can accommodate all seating by itself making a small room feel more sociable by offering a space to lounge and stretch out for napping and there will be plenty of seats for all guests. It’s a better solution than many small furniture pieces with lots of legs.