THE ULTIMATE SECTIONAL SOFA GUIDE
When it comes to sectional sofas, there’s a lot of lingo out there on the Internet. LAF vs. RAF? Two-Piece Sectional versus Reversible Chaise Sofa? All these different descriptors can make it confusing when you’re trying to find the perfect sectional sofa or sleeper sectional for your home.
WHY A SECTIONAL SOFA?
A sectional sofa is a great piece of furniture that offers more seating than traditional couches. Sectional sofas work great in large spaces as well as in small spaces where you are able to get the most amount of seating in a confined space, especially if you push the sectional up against a corner.
You can lounge or put your feet up with sectionals making them the perfect choice for family rooms and basements. One of the best things about buying a sectional sofa is that you can use it to strategically break up an open floor plan into separate areas. A sectional will separate your sitting room from your dining room and so on. Read on for the things you need to consider before you buy a sectional.
MEASURE YOUR SPACE
Knowing how much space you have to play with is paramount when you are buying any piece of furniture, but especially sectionals. Make sure that your sectional won't extend past a wall or not leave enough room in front or behind. This doesn't mean that sectionals only work in large spaces. If you are working with a smaller room, chances are you will just need to carefully consider the configuration you need as well as the style. This way your sectional won't dwarf your already small space.
LOOK AT SECTIONAL SOFA DIMENSIONS
Online and in a showroom, sizes can be deceiving. Measure not only the length of a couch but also the depth. Sectionals tend to provide ample seat depth, so be sure to measure and compare that number with your current seating to see if it is enough or too much. Sectional sofas often have a chaise component on either end. Make sure to measure the length of that piece. If you are tall, your feet might hang off the edge with some models.
DECIDE ON SECTIONAL SOFA CONFIGURATION
Sectional sofas are versatile. There are many types of setups to consider. Certain shapes will work better for your space so make sure to take the time to think about what would work best.
LHF vs RHF SECTIONAL SOFAS
Choosing the right configuration for your sectional sofa is of the utmost importance. The majority of our sectional sofas have two parts – a sofa portion and a chaise portion. The chaise portion is the part of the sectional that sticks out into the room and allows you to stretch out your legs. When picking a sectional, the decision you need to make is whether you want the chaise to be on the right-hand side or the left-hand side of the sofa portion.
Here’s where it gets tricky.
Your left-hand side and your right hand side are different when you’re sitting on the sofa compared to when you’re standing up and looking at the sofa. The side that the chaise is on is always determined as if you are standing up and looking at the sofa. This means that an LAF sectional has a chaise that is on your left-hand side when you are standing up and facing the sofa. A sectional with an RAF configuration means that the chaise will be on your right-hand side when you are standing up and facing the sofa.
An L-Sectional is a sofa that has two sofa portions rather than a sofa portion and a chaise portion. The two sofa portions meet at a right angle, which creates a nice, cozy corner area. An L-Sectional is great for social gatherings since it creates extra seating space. While a chaise is great for kicking back and relaxing, it’s not designed for people to sit on by itself for extended periods. An L-Sectional gives everyone their own seat at the sofa.
A U-shaped sectional is perfect for a big family. there's plenty of seating and lots of room to spread out. This sectional is ideal for a large space or if you don't want to bother with armchairs and other seating. The U shape allows two people to sit facing each other at the arms of the top of the U.
A chaise sectional looks like a traditional sofa with a chaise on either the left or right side of the couch. You can place this sectional pretty much anywhere you'd put a regular sofa. The perk of this sectional is that you have a good spot to lay down with your feet up. It can also be used to seat an extra person on the edge of the chaise.
We understand that buying a sectional sofa is an investment. That’s why we want to make sure that you have as much knowledge as possible so that you can make an informed decision that’s right for you, your home, and your family.
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