4 Things you should consider before buying a wide sectional sofa


A sectional sofa is a great way to add extra seating to a room. While they can be pricey, sectionals take the place of a couch and at least one armchair or chaise. There are some stunning options available, more with online furniture stores. But a wide sectional sofa may not be right for you. 

Here are some things to consider before investing in a wide sectional sofa.

Check measurements carefully.

The sectional you want may not fit into your room. Wide sectionals require a lot of space, not just for the sectional itself but for standing and legroom. You should double-check the dimensions of the sectional with the manufacturer’s website. Don’t forget to get the measurement for depth, as this affects how much leg room people will have while sitting there.

Make a pattern.

The best way to make sure a sectional will fit your space is to create a pattern by taping newspapers or cardboard together. Measure them out with the dimensions you pulled from the manufacturer’s website, and double-check the measurements before trying to maneuver the pattern into place.

You can then lay the pattern out on your living room or family room floor, and know for sure that the piece will fit as well as you hoped. You may be surprised to find that the sectional you want isn’t likely to fit.

Decide on furniture for the rest of the room.

If you really want a sectional but don’t have space with your current furnishings, you might think about removing or replacing them. If you are going to keep all of your other living room furniture, you should choose a sectional that matches the rest of your décor. If not, take this opportunity to decide on a style and color palette.

Provide a place to set drinks and other items.

A sectional is great for giving you a lot of seating in your living room, but it takes up so much space it is easy to overlook the use of tables. You should have a good coffee table or cocktail table set in front of the sectional for drinks, pocketbooks, or magazines. 

If you don’t have room for one, you should place a simple but elegant console table behind the sectional, but people will have to turn around to get their beverages. If you go this route, you should also provide accent tables  at either end of the sectional for those sitting on the edges and away from the console table.

Understand that a sectional is an investment you don’t want to leave behind.

If you aren’t certain you will be in your current home for at least three years, you may not want to spend heavily on a wide sectional sofa. Sectionals are among the most expensive pieces of furniture. If there is a chance you could move and no longer have room for it, you might consider other options.

On the other hand, wide sectional sofas are also among the sturdiest furniture for your living or family room, especially if you have children or pets. You also have many options for sectionals today, with most coming in pieces that can be moved around as needed. As such, you can take the sectional with you no matter where you move. 

Ready to see what works for your room? You can start by searching for wide sectional sofas here.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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