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Is A Sectional The Best Seating Option?
Sectional Sofa 101: The McCreery's Home Furnishings Edition

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For thousands of years, people have been using furniture to make homes and offices more comfortable or suitable. The very concept of furniture began in 3100-2500 B.C. The most ancient pieces that were created for household use were initially made of stone. Wood wasn’t readily available at that time. The first few pieces of furniture were beds, dressers, cupboards.

Back then, it was the dresser that was made in abundance. This was apparent in the number of dressers that were seen facing the entrances of homes. As the modern years came, furniture became more functional although they still kept the artistic looks that they used to have during the Neolithic era.

Chairs have become more than just a piece to sit in. It has become a symbol of relaxation, comfort, and even luxury in many modern homes. This piece of fine furniture has changed a lot throughout history. There are many types of chairs depending on how you want to use them. There are folding chairs, dining chairs, lawn chairs, patio chairs, etc. There are also ottomans, recliners, coffee table chairs, and the standard sofa.

All About the Sectional

Sectional sofas have a different kind of appeal as compared to other seating pieces. While it is unique, this may not always be the right seat for your place, though. Sectionals that can be separated spell versatility for your home. Reinventing the look in any place is now as easy as navigating the different parts to different corners and sections of a room.

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Sectional Terminology

Do not be intimidated if you haven’t bought a sectional in the past. Avoid mistakes by getting acquainted with the common terms used.

RAF or right arm facing means when you are facing the sectional, the arm is situated on your right. LAF, on the other hand, puts the arm on your left.

It is crucial to get the proper-facing arm since you will be joining two or even more pieces. The arm’s placement will define if the sectionals will be balanced.

Sectionals are often made of two or more parts or sections. As soon as you become familiar with the different terms and even the options, you will be ready to decide on what kind of sectional will work for you.

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Using the Sectional

Always leave the biggest section of the seat facing the room’s focal point. This can be that flatscreen TV, a window showing the picturesque view outside, or it can be a fireplace. A sectional that comes with two straight sections can be used as two separate seats, facing each other, to promote a more conversation-inducing atmosphere. These two pieces should be at a 90-degree angle (perpendicular) to the focal point of the room. Place an ottoman or a coffee table in between.

For sections that come with an arm on one side, be sure to place a table against the armless side. This will help you achieve visual balance.

As soon as you have taken care of the main sections, you will be left with the corner section or the chaise lounge. Either of these two can be a stand-alone seating. Add throw pillows to make the seat more comfortable.

Place the chaise or corner seat on an oblique position from the straight section of your sofa. Angle this seat toward the middle part of the room where the other section of the sofa is situated, and where the focal point and coffee table are also placed.

With two straight sections face-to-face, use the chaise or corner at the open end in order to set up a U-shaped seating layout.

To unify separated sectionals, use a large area rug to anchor the area and to refrain from having the individual sections appear isolated. Be sure to measure the room properly should the sectional feature an extendable footrest or a reclining back. It would be a pity to have these added features only to remain unused.

Place the sectional parts away from the wall to unify the room and to make it seem more intimate. Consider all the people who would be sitting on your new sectional once it is placed inside the living room. Though this is fine furniture that offers space-saving features, it can become a drag when there isn’t a proper arm that goes with it. If you have an armless sectional, then you can also invest in a short chaise or a loveseat.

Comfort is the primary consideration that you must remember when buying a new sectional. This is especially applicable when you want to use a sectional to watch TV. A television set that sits right across a room’s corner would benefit from a properly-placed sectional. The sectional, in this case, will seat everyone comfortably as they watch shows or DVDs.

If the space in your living room or bedroom only offers room for a single seat right in the middle, then the sectional may not be the right seating option for you.

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Shopping for a Sectional

If you have been craving for a sectional, then you have to know that there are three shapes, to begin with. The L-shaped, U-shaped, and semi-circular type. Know the configuration according to your lifestyle and needs. In order to figure this out, you need to draw a floor plan. Have your room drawn to a scale then cut the squares and do some trial and error. Do as many combinations as you can.

Would the length of your living room require one end of your sectional to be much longer? Would you require extra seating? When working with a small space, you just might end up with a chaise. Larger homes can allow larger seats such as a sectional sofa.

Another thing that you need to consider is the traffic pattern in the room where the sectional will be placed. A rule of thumb is to place the seat on the side where there’s less traffic (preferably the least amount).

RAF or right art facing label on your sectional means the arm will be on your right as you look at the seat. LAF means left arm facing with the arm on your left side as you face the furniture. As soon as you have decided on the configuration, it’s time to check if the dimensions are accurate.

The majority of sectionals have a substantial depth, meaning, you have to carefully measure your current sofa’s width and then ask whether you would need to have more seating space. Measure also the height of the sectional especially when you don’t want your feet hanging off.

Know also if the sectional will be able to slide through the doorway when it is going to be delivered. A sectional can be one or two pieces, again, depending on how they are going to be transported and eventually placed inside your home.

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Positioning the Sectional

When your sectional was successfully delivered to your home, then it’s time to arrange the room where it’s supposed to go. Check the color and scale coordination so that harmony would be maintained. You need to understand a bit of furniture placement so that you can create a laidback atmosphere according to your needs.

Sectional sofas might be awkward to place. Don’t automatically push it against the wall. This is not your only option. Create an intimate seating arrangement instead. Place a coffee table in the middle of the room. Position the sectional around the table leaving ample room to access the seats and push any footstool.

Don’t forget about balance, too. Position an equally large piece of furniture right across the sectional. Create symmetry with your seating units.

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