Sectional sofas have been trending in recent days due to their huge sizes as compared to standard and traditional sofas. Homeowners with large families or those who regularly host crowds of visitors are most likely to consider these sofas as they’re designed to offer ample seating space.
But, what’s the history behind these sofas anyway? Well, sectional sofas came in the furniture scene during the Victorian era. During this time, these sofas comprised of two or more sofas, which when put together, formed one huge sofa. Corner pieces were not available at this time.
However, during the 1950s, major improvements were evident such as the use of smooth materials and low profile designs that gave these sofas bold geometric shapes. During the 20th century, more advanced improvements emerged that gave the sectional sofas a more refined look and an emphasis in organized style.
With such a rich and refined history, sectional sofas have dominated the furniture market due to their lovable configuration and the relaxed, intimate, and welcoming ambiance they give to your interior. Due to these reasons, most homeowners and interior designers are willing to give them a shot.
But, how much do you really know about these sofas? Well, in this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about sectional sofas before you can plan your move.
The first thing you need to know about sectional sofas is to familiarize yourself with the terminologies used. At least by doing this, you will ensure that you’re on the same page with a sales representative when taking you through the various models available.
Two of the most common terminologies you’re likely to come across to are; RAF, which simply means Right Arm Facing and LAM, meaning Left Arm Facing.
Due to their complex designs, sectional sofas can really eat much of your living room space if you don’t plan ahead. So, to avoid messing up, it’s a good practice to first measure the dimensions of your living room such as the length, width, and height of the wall including that of the windows. To simplify this point further, you can consider these four simple steps.
Due to their complex designs, sectional sofas come in a dizzying number of options that give your interior a superior conversational and welcoming mood if selected well. Some of the common styles you’re expected to find in the market are;
When you think of the design, there are some questions you’ll have to ask yourself. Some of these questions are; should I buy modular or a fixed sectional sofa? Reclining or not? Arms or no arms?
Since sectional sofas are a pricey investment, they’re designed using different fabrics that are intended to take care of your individual needs and purpose. Are you a homeowner with pets or playful kids? Do you intend to eat on the sofa? Do you plan to use the sofa rarely or regularly?
You see, the answers to these questions are likely to dictate the type of fabric you’re likely to choose for your sectional sofa. Some of the common fabrics you may come across include; leather, microfiber, velvet, and polyester upholstered fabrics.
Note that each of these fabrics has different maintenance levels meaning you should be very keen on what you choose to ensure that it matches the intended use.
Just like the fabrics, the color too requires ultimate care during selection to ensure that what you get matches your intended ambiance. As we mentioned earlier, a sectional sofa is a big investment. So, to save you the heavy load of changing your seat covers, simply select a neutral color (beige, white, black or grey) then accentuate the surrounding (such as the pillows, the rugs, the curtains and wallpapers) with bolder colors.
Due to their high versatility, sectional sofas are open to various configurations that make it easy to customize them. Since the main purpose of a sofa is to offer comfort, these seats have gone way beyond this to offer homeowners more than what traditional sofas can offer. Some of these add-on features include;
Now that you know everything about sectional sofas, the next step is to sit back and make the final decision before you can finally make your purchase. As you can see, these sofas are very complex and are huge furniture pieces as compared to their standard or traditional sofa counterparts.
Therefore, choosing the right model for your living room will call for a meticulously drawn floor plan to ensure that what you buy provides the right comfort, style, and function to your indoor space.