How to Measure for a Sectional Sofa

How to Measure for a Sectional Sofa

Sectional couches are great for maximizing living room seating, even in small spaces. If you're in the market for a sectional, you might be worried that your new furniture won't fit well in your living room. While sectional sofas may take up more space than traditional sofas, they can offer a range of seating options for a variety of spaces. To make sure you have enough room for a sectional, we've gathered a few savvy tips to help you measure, purchase, and place an awesome new sectional in your home.

Measure Your Home

Not only does your new sectional need to fit through the doorways and hallways of your home, it should fit comfortably in your designated space. This means the sofa shouldn’t overwhelm the room, and there needs to be enough space to move around and include your other furniture. Measure your doorways to ensure your sectional will fit when you’re ready to move it, and then measure the room where you want to put it.

Take these essential measurements:

  • Measure the width of your doorways and hallways to make sure your new sectional will fit through them when you bring it home.
  • Measure the length and width of the room where your sectional will go to make sure there’s enough room for the sofa to fit easily.


Measure the Sectional

Once you’ve found a sectional you love, measure it to make sure it will fit in your home’s available space. Whether you’re ordering a sectional online or browsing in a store, it’s important to find out measurements for the overall length and overall width of the sectional.

  • The overall length is the complete length of the loveseat and/or lounge portion of the sectional.
  • The overall width is the measurement of the back of the sectional couch.


Mark the Area

When you have your sectional measurements, use masking tape or painter’s tape to mark the exact area where your sectional will sit. Doing this gives you a good visual for how much space your sectional will take up, allowing you to account for other furniture and to consider alternative room arrangements.