3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Sectional How to get it right the first time

How To Buy a Sectional

So you’re in the market to buy a new sectional, and who can blame you? A great alternative to sofas, sectionals allow you to really stretch out and give everyone room to land.

But before you go for the first style that catches your eye, make sure it actually works with your home—and all you have to do is ask yourself these three questions:

1) How much space do I have?

Modern Futon Sectional Sofa

Contrary to what you might think, a sectional can work for small spaces too. So it’s not a matter of IF you have enough space, but rather, how big of a sectional your space allows. First things first, get out the ol’ measuring tape and see what you’re working with.

Once you find the sectional you like, it’s also a great idea to use painter’s tape to create an outline on the floor according to its dimensions. This will really give you an idea of whether it’s the right fit, or if you need to go down or up in size.

Bonus tip: Many sectionals can actually be customized by simply adding or removing an armless wedge or two.

2) Do I need a left or right facing chaise?

Customizable Chaise Sectional Sofa

Wait—do we mean our right or your right? If you’re standing in front of your (soon to be) sectional, a left facing sectional means the chaise is the left, and a right facing sectional means the chaise is on the right.

So this means if your sectional will be facing a wall, it’s a good idea to leave the chaise on the open side to balance the space and allow for multiple points of access. If your sectional will be floating in the center of the room, then it’s time to pick a side. Go with the flow of traffic, or it may simply come down to whether you prefer a right or left view of the TV.

Bonus tip: When it doubt, go back to question one and get out the tape!

3) What’s my lifestyle like?

Sectional Sofa With Cleanable Fabric

Do you have young children? Will you be eating and drinking on your sectional? Do you entertain often? If so, then think about getting a sectional covered in performance fabric.

Luckily, there’s a variety of options available these days (our Revolution fabric and LiveSmart options are just two examples). Designed to resist holding stains to allow for easy cleanup, performance fabric is a no brainer for someone who plans to put their fabric to the test.

Bonus tip: For those that prefer the feel of leather, microfiber leather is another great option. Offering that premium look without the cost, it’s very resistant to stains, tears, scratches, and fading.


Now that you have your answers, all that’s left to do is find the one you love. And lucky for you, there’s no wrong answer when it comes to personal style. Whether you crave the sleek look of a modern sectional sofa, or the comfort factor of a reclining sectional, it’s all about what makes you happy.