Furniture Buying Guide: Sofas and Sectionals

One of the most intimidating and expensive pieces that anyone can buy for their home is the sofa. It’s big, it’s expensive, and not often replaced. Plus, there are (what seems like) a million choices out there. How does one decide? We’ve taken a bit of the guesswork out of the equation by eliminating one category: anything $2500 or more! Check out our favorite sectional sofas for under $2500.

1) Abbyson Living Juliette Fabric Sectional Sofa | 2) Armen Living Sahara Sectional | 3) Baxton Studio Babbitt Ivory Sectional Sofa | 4) Baxton Studio Leather Sectional Sofa | 5) Baxton Studio Orland Sectional Sofa | 6) Benchcraft Maier Sectional Chaise | 7) Furniture of America Sectional Sofa | 8) HERCULES Imagination Series Sectional | 9) Homelegance 3 Piece Bonded Sectional Sofa | 10) Homelegance Savonburg Sectional Chesterfield Sofa | 11) Kardiel Cubix Modern Sectional Sofa | 12) Kardiel Modular Right Sectional Sofa | 13) Kardiel Florence Knoll Sectional Sofa | 14) Melrose 2pc Sectional Sofa | 15) Mid Century Modern Fabric Sectional Sofa | 16) Milton Greens Stars Sectional Sofa | 17) Moe’s Home Collection Sectional Sofa | 18) Signature Design by Ashley Alliston Sectional | 19) South Cone Home New York Sectional Sofa | 20) TOV Furniture Blake Antique RAF Sectional |

If you’re like most people, you’ll own your living room furniture for seven to 10 years—so you want to make choices you won’t regret. These smart tips on sofas, sectionals, and loveseats will help you find the best pieces to fit your lifestyle and budget.

Help Me Choose

A sofa, loveseat or sectional is usually the major focal point in a living room, and each offers a comfy spot for your family and guests. To pin down the right pick, think about which one will meet your entertaining needs and work best in the room. Here’s a quick primer on each.

It’s a myth that you need a large room to accommodate a sectional. Actually, sectionals can be a good pick for smaller rooms when you want to be able to seat more people within that limited space. Conversely, sectionals can also help round out more spacious rooms such as a family-sized entertainment area.

Before buying a sectional, it’s important to have a detailed floor-plan sketch so that you know if you can set it up as one continuous unit or if you will use the pieces in different spots in your living room.

Measure Carefully

When you’re ready to order a new sofa, loveseat or sectional it’s a good idea to measure twice to make sure you get the right dimensions. You can also use masking tape on the floor to help pre-visualize how much space the furniture will take up.

For sofas and loveseats, the measuring technique is identical: Find the furniture’s maximum height, width, and depth to make sure it will fit within your space and the route to get it there.

For sectional sofas the process is similar, except that you don’t have to consider the entire sectional as one piece when determining its route from the front door to the living room. The overall combined width and length of the sectional sofa matters only when measuring for final placement. For this, measure each individual piece, and then add up the widths and lengths for a total measurement.

  • Check for any obstacles between the street and your front door
  • Consider staircases, railings, elevators, lighting fixtures, and ceiling fans
  • Grab your yardstick
  • You’ll want to get dimensions not only for the room where your new pieces will reside, but also for the doorways between your home’s point of entry and the actual spot where the furniture will be set up (including hallways, stairs, apartment elevators, and around corners). Measure the doorframe’s height, width, and diagonal dimension. (Find the diagonal dimension by running your tape measure from the right top corner of the doorframe to the bottom left corner). Always measure twice for accuracy.
  • Decide if your sofa, loveseat, or individual sectional modules will fit comfortably through your door and into your living room
  • Carefully compare the dimensions of your doorframe to the height, width, and depth of each piece of furniture you plan to order

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