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How to Buy a Sectional Sofa

by Lynda Belcher

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Brown sectional sofa and ottoman

Things You Need:

  • Tape measure

Shopping for a new piece of furniture can be fun but daunting. After all, almost all pieces of living room furniture are somewhat large and will be in your home for many years, so whatever you choose has to be a good fit. This is definitely true when purchasing a new sofa, especially when it is a sectional sofa. Knowing what you are looking for in terms of style, color and fabric can help you to buy the perfect sectional sofa for your family or living room.

Buying a Sectional Sofa:

  1. Do some research ahead of time. Decide on what you want in terms of the style of sectional sofa as well as the fabric. Consider your lifestyle when determining the fabric you desire. For example, if you have small children, a leather sectional sofa might not be the best choice. You might instead opt for something with stain resistance in the event of a spill. Peruse the different options in terms of style, from traditional L-shaped sectional sofas to those that are curved into the shape of a C. A diverse array of sectional sofa styles is available. Look through all of them to find one that most appeals to you.

  2. Take measurements of the space where you plan to place your sectional sofa. You might be interested in a certain style; however, the space you have to accommodate a sectional sofa might not work with the style you have in mind. Before you decide on one style, take some measurements of the space in which the sectional sofa will sit. Consider the length of the overall couch as well as the length of any reclining features and accompanying ottomans. Consult your measurements to ensure the sofa will fit into the space you've planned for it.

  3. Decide on a color scheme. When looking for a sectional sofa, be sure the fabric color you choose works well with the overall decor of your living room. You can choose a base color. For example, if your living room is done in blues, you can choose a shade of blue for your sectional sofa. However, if you want to add some pizzazz to your living room, you can choose a sectional sofa in an accent color. For example, if your living room is done in blues, you might opt for a red couch to add some zest to the space or a colorful printed sofa that incorporates some of the shades of blue found in your existing color scheme. But keep in mind that a sectional sofa will most likely be the centerpiece of your living room: You might prefer to establish a new color scheme designed around your new sectional sofa.

  4. Set a price range for your sectional sofa. This is important to ensure that you purchase a sofa you can afford. Sectional sofas tend to be a bit more expensive than more traditional sofa styles, but they also provide more seating than a traditional sofa, possibly eliminating the purchase a recliner or love seat.

  5. Visualize the sofa in your living room before making your actual purchase. Once you find a sectional sofa you like, don't make your purchase immediately. Instead, with a picture of your choice in hand, look at your living room and make sure you would be happy with your choice of sofa if it were sitting in your living room. If you are content with the new addition, make your purchase. If you are unsure about whether you like it, keep looking.

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