wirrten by Jennifer

You’ll find a variety of styles and colors, but a few things are consistent when considering a sectional sofa to purchase. First and foremost, measure your space and know what dimensions you’re working with. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s critical. Measure the doors that you’ll need to bring the furniture through to make sure it will fit.

photo by Ralph Kayden

                                          photo by Ralph Kayden  unsplash.com

Consider fabric choice when looking at any furniture choice. I spied a beautiful creamy sectional  in the store but quickly remembered the struggle to keep the white sectional clean. I immediately crossed that one off the list.

sectional fabric                                                 

                                                        sectional fabric

Know the difference between right-facing and left-facing sectionals. One side is longer than the other and it makes a difference which direction the sectional is facing. And if one side has a chaise lounge included, you need to make sure that wall is long enough to accommodate it.

left- and right-facing sectional sofa                                           

                                           left- and right-facing sectional sofa

Consider the depth and height of seat. I sometimes like to sleep on the sectional sofa in our family room – especially during the summer. That means the seat needs to be wide enough for snoozing. Plus I like seating that you kind of sink into and although I’m short, I like a deeper seat so I can curl my legs up and off the floor.

Choose a couple of colors you can live with. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a piece of furniture only to find it’s not available in your favorite color. I like to have a couple of colors in mind so this never happens.

Arms or no arms?  I’m an arms person when it comes to chairs, sofas, and sectionals. Although I like the clean lines of a sofa without arms, I feel like something’s missing. You can find sectionals where one end has an arm and the other doesn’t – for those who are undecided.

Decide the shape of sectional you desire. You’ll find sectional sofas with ottomans, chaises, recliners, curved sectionals, or ones that have an angled end, also knows as a theater sectional. Most likely, your space constraints will determine the shape and style of your furniture.

recliner sofa                                                   

                                                          recliner sofa

Finally, keep in mind the size and shape of your coffee table. You’re most likely going to snuggle your coffee table within the parameter of your sectional, so make sure you choose furniture that accommodates this. I would’ve loved to have a sofa with a chaise lounge attached but our coffee table is too big and I didn’t want to buy a new one.