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Sofa or Sectional?

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

I get asked this about every other project--which is better: sofa or sectional? There are so many aspects as to why one will work better than the other in a specific space. Size, Comfort, Price, and Versatility are at the top of your criteria list. There are more things to consider but this should get you started.



Size. How much space do you have to work with? Do you want to leave space to walk around the upholstery pieces or will it be flush against the wall? Does it need to be a deep seat or more shallow to save space?


Comfort. Is the seat so deep that it's difficult to get up? Are the cushions too soft that they may break down too easily? There are only 2 arms on a sectional--Do all 4 family members like sitting/ leaning on the arms?



Price. Depending on your space, you may not need to spend $10,000 on a sectional if you plan on putting it in a room that no one will use. You also wouldn't spend $500 on a sectional that you expect to use every day for the next 10 years (and let's be honest, it probably wouldn't make it past 5 years). Some things are worth spending the money on so you don't have to replace it again so soon.




Versatility. A sectional can only be in so many positions in the room. Separate upholstery pieces (sofas/ loveseats/ chairs) allow for more options of re-arranging or less of a challenge if you were to move locations and need a different arrangement to fit the new space. Will the fabric/ leather coordinate with your current look and possibly any updates in the near future? Keep large pieces neutral if you want to play it safe. (Although I do love a pop of color on the upholstery for the right project)


Before you go out and buy a giant sectional, make sure it fits all of your needs. I have a L-shaped sectional in my own living room, but I wouldn't suggest it for every space. If you are on the fence about what type of upholstery to put in your home, give me a shout! I'd love to help you make the best decision for your space.


Until next time,

Kelley K



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