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The Great Lounging Debate: Sofa vs. Sectional

The Great Lounging Debate: Sofa vs. Sectional

 Making a house a home require space for just about everything. Cooking, playing, creating, and sitting around watching Netflix. That last one may be the most important piece of the cozy home puzzle! So how should you lounge? On a traditional sofa or a sectional? First, let’s look at the options.

Sectional Options:

  • Chaise Sectionals: A chaise sectional usually has three cushions: with the third being elongated into a chaise.
  • L-Shaped Sectionals: These sectionals usually have five cushions: two on one side of the L, two on the other side and then one connecting the L shape. Basically, adding a second sofa to your space.
  • U-Shaped Sectionals: U-shaped sectionals typically have a center with two sections extending from either side. They provide the same sitting space as two sofas and a love seat.
  • Pit Sectionals: These are less common, as they take a large room to work! These sectionals are more like giant beds with a sofa function. 

Sofa Options:

  • Three-Seater: This is the type of sofa you imagine when you hear the word, “sofa.” It seats three people and is great for grabbing a catnap.
  • Two-seater: These are typically referred to as loveseats but can fall into the sofa category. These are best when used in conjunction with other furniture and for when space is limited.
  • Sleeper: These turn your living room into another bedroom. These are great for houseguests, studio apartments or movie night!

Space Matters

While a sectional may offer more seating options than a sofa, it also takes up more space. A sofa will blend effortlessly into your living room, while a sectional tends to dominate the space. There are ways to make both options work in the right area, but most spaces will lean towards either a sofa or a sectional.

It really depends on the needs of your family and the space of your room. If you need lots of seating and have a large enough space a sectional is a great option. However, if you have a small family or limited space, then a sofa will work quite nicely.

Before going with a sectional be sure to measure, measure, measure! They usually disassemble sectionals for delivery, however, the pieces can still be bulky and may not fit through a doorframe or a narrow staircase.


Personal Preference

This also should play a huge role in the great lounging debate. Which do you like best? Some people prefer the cozy look of a plush sectional, while others want a simple sofa to cuddle up with a good book. Another often overlooked option is getting two sofas instead of the sofa and loveseat combo. This can add the seating of a sectional for rooms that might not easily accommodate one. There’s no wrong choice! Just know your options.