Are you thinking of purchasing a new sofa for your living room? If so, one thing you need to decide is whether you want to buy a sectional or several individual pieces of furniture. Either one might look charming in your home. But here are some practical matters to consider.
How Formal Do You Want Your Room to Look?
If you’re going for a very formal look, a stand-alone sofa is probably better suited to your interior décor. A sectional tends to create a more casual space. Just the idea that you can stretch out and get comfortable in many different positions on a sectional lends it a more casual appeal. Still, no matter which one you choose, the design and upholstery will have a major impact.
Do You Want Openness or Comfort?
Some people prefer a room that looks spacious. Others are more interested in comfort. If you want a more open look, a free-standing sofa with legs to hold it up off the floor gives you the look you want. On the other hand, if you want a room that looks cozy and comfortable, buy a sectional. Then, every time you enter that room, you’ll feel right at home.
Who Will Be Sitting on It?
A sectional sofa can provide generous seating to at least 4-6 people, depending on what model you get. A regular sofa and loveseat will comfortably seat five. Another thing to consider is who those people will be. If you entertain a lot of people you don’t know very well, the sofa and loveseat combo offers more space for people who don’t want to sit very close together. But if the people who use the furniture most of the time do know each other well, a sectional works great. And, if you have children, they can sit very comfortably in the wedge section.
Which Fits Your Space the Best?
The fit depends largely on the size and shape of your room. Individual pieces can make a small area look cluttered. As long as you buy a sectional that isn’t too big for your room, it will have a very well-defined place in your home.
How Often Do You Move?
When it comes to furniture, there are two kinds of moves: within the room or from one home to another. Both are important. If you like to move your furniture around a lot, you might prefer a sofa, loveseat, and maybe some chairs. They move easily and can be put into just about any configuration. A sectional is somewhat limited in the ways you can rearrange it. However, if you like to stick with what works, you may enjoy the sectional most. As for moving from home to home, if you do it often, you will want to stick with furniture that isn’t extremely large. That’s true no matter which choice you make.
Buying a sectional for your home may be the best choice you ever made. Before you make that decision, consider how a sectional will fit with your tastes, your seating needs, and your idea of how your room should look.