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How to Make a Sectional Sofa Work in Your Space

Are you looking for a family-friendly sofa or simply one that better caters to your space? Maybe you constantly find yourself short on extra seating for your guests, or your floor plan requires a furniture layout other than the standard couch and loveseat. A sectional sofa may be the missing piece to your living room puzzle. While most sectional sofas come in one of two shapes (U-shape or L-shape), there’s more to consider as you explore the array of crowd-pleasing seating solutions. Cross these tasks off your buying checklist:

Selecting Size and Shape

If you’re in the market for a sectional sofa, chances are your main priority is finding one to accommodate more people than your current sofa. Sure, you want your friends to sink into your new sectional, but you don’t want one that’s too big for your space either. No one enjoys tripping over other people's feet, or squeezing through that tiny area between the wall and your furniture every time they move around the room. This is why you need to know all the exact measurements of the area you want to place your sectional – guesstimating just won’t do.

Similarly, if your sofa will touch any windows, make sure you know the height of those window frames. Next, measure the width and length of the two edges of the sectional you’re considering and compare them to the measurements you took at home. For a seamless moving process, it also doesn’t hurt to get the dimensions of each individual sectional component to ensure they can each fit through your doors and hallways.

Once you have the overall measurements, you can decide if an L- or U-shaped sectional will work best in your space. U-shaped versions tend to cater better to more intimate gatherings, such as catch-up sessions with friends. However, you may want to consider an L-shaped sofa sectional to fit flat against your walls if your room is on the smaller side. If your home is lacking extra space for large sectional sofas with multiple pieces, don't worry. The Brick has small sectional sofas with the lounging space you’re after without overcrowding the area. Check out the different styles, colours anvd designs found in the It Fits furniture line, designed for smaller-scale entertainment areas.

Figuring out Fabric

Let’s face it – your sectional will be so popular among your guests, it may even become the life of the party at your family gatherings. This means selecting the right upholstery and colour is especially important, grey sectional anyone? You’ll need something to meet your durability standards and style preferences.

Are you after the upscale look of leather? While you might want to avoid a top-grain leather sectional if you aren't a fan of high-maintenance fabrics, many families turn to faux leather sectionals since they are easier to care for, have a lower price tag and feature a luxurious appearance.

Adjusting for Accents and Activities

Don’t forget your surrounding decor affects the way your sectional sofa looks and feels. If it’s going in your game room, for example, an L-shaped sectional may not provide the viewing angles you and your guests want for enjoying the big game.

Home accents like your coffee table also play a role in helping to determine the best sectional for your living room. One rule of thumb to think about is ensuring your coffee table fits within the boundaries of your sectional sofa’s edges. This gives you plenty of room for coming and going, as well as a visually appealing area.

If versatility is important to you, consider modular sectionals. These allow you to change the configuration of different components. This might come in handy if your room serves many functions. Reversible sectionals are similar but only the end components, like the chaise, are mobile.

In the end, it’s all about knowing exactly what your family, decor and living area need from your sectional. Rest assured that with so many shapes, components, styles, sizes and configurations out there, you’re bound to find the sectional you’ve been dreaming about.