Feb 3, 2023

7 Tips for Buying a Sectional Sofa

Home Comfort Guides

Buying a new couch is a big decision. From determining the right size sofa for your space, to understanding the different types of materials and styles available—finding the perfect option for your lifestyle can be overwhelming.

Sectionals make this decision easier since they can be reconfigured and expanded. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 7 tips to help guide you through the process of buying a sectional sofa. With so many options to choose from, you want to make sure you’re making the choice that meets your needs. So grab a cup of coffee, relax, and let us help you find the right fit.

1. Measure your space.

Before you start your couch search, it's important to measure the area where you want to place the sectional. 

This will help narrow your options and ensure that the configuration you choose fits comfortably in your space.

When taking measurements, be sure to measure the length, width, and height of the room. But that’s not all—it’s important to measure the doorways and any stairs the couch might need to navigate through.

If you have a unique vision in mind for your space, modular couches are a strong solution. They allow you to customize according to your specific needs.

2. Consider your lifestyle. 

Are you someone who loves to entertain and needs a large, spacious piece that accommodates a crowd? Or are you looking for something more cozy and intimate, that's just right for cuddling? Think about how you plan to use your couch and choose a sectional that fits your lifestyle.

For example, people who love to entertain will probably opt for pieces that maximize seating, such as an u-shaped sectionals. But if you’re looking for something that will help you unwind at the end of a long day, you may opt for reclining couches instead. 

Whatever your needs, make sure you explore all of the options to determine the configuration that best matches your space and lifestyle.

3. Decide on a style.

Sectional sofas come in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern. Select a fabric that compliments your existing décor, and that you'll be happy to see in your home for years to come. 

If you're looking for a more versatile look, consider velvet couches. Not only are velvet couches easy to style—they’re also durable and easy to clean. 

If you’re someone who likes to switch up the look of your room, consider two sided cushion covers. These pieces allow you to easily change the color of your sofa by simply flipping the cushions.  Removable slip covers also provide versatility.  

Sectionals make a huge statement in your space, so be sure the one you pick fits with your unique style and vision.

4. Don’t skimp on quality. 

A sectional sofa is a big investment, so it's important to choose one that's built to last. It can be tempting to go for the most affordable option. However, when it comes to sectionals, craftsmanship is key. 

Look for ones built with high-quality materials, sturdy frames, durable upholstery, and cushions with high-density foam.  This ensures the couch keeps its shape.

For comfort and longevity, be sure your sofa has sinuous spring suspensions and cushions that combine down and foam.  You want to sink-in and relax yet also feel bounce and support—this is only achieved by combining down with several layers of foam.

A high quality sectional lasts for years.  This longevity helps the environment.  A sustainable manufacturing process multiplies this benefit.   Make sure you’re paying attention to factors such as where materials are sourced and their overall carbon footprint.  Some products actually reduce CO2 during their manufacturing process.

5. Look for stain-resistant fabrics.

If you’re anything like us, you know keeping your furniture clean can be a challenge. And when it comes to a sofa—spills and stains can quickly add up and make your couch look worn out. 

That's why it's important to choose a sectional with stain-resistant fabric. If you have pets, it’s also a good idea to explore pet-friendly options. Being mindful about the fabric you choose will help ensure the longevity of your piece. 

Homebody understands the need for a couch that stands up to everyday wear and tear. That's why all of our sectionals have stain-resistant fabrics. And if you’re looking for a couch that will stand up to your 4 legged friends, we recommend our pet-friendly material.  The fabrics' tight weave resists scratching and shedding.

6. Don’t forget the details.

Planning properly is crucial when it comes to purchasing a new sofa. After all, it’s a big investment and you want to make sure your selection is the perfect for your space. 

Before you make a final decision, be sure to request fabric samples to get a better feel for how the couch will look in your environment. Factors like the amount of sunshine and the other colors throughout your space will impact how certain fabrics appear. 

It’s also important to request a custom floor plan so you can see exactly how the couch will fit into your space. This helps make sure the dimensions are in alignment with the room and the other furniture in it.  

Remembering these small details helps mitigate surprises and makes sure you’re the most satisfied with your new piece.

7. Consult an expert.

Picking a sectional sofa is a big decision. Not only is it an investment, but it’s a piece that will be in your space for years to come.

If you’re not sure which sectional will work for your space, or need design ideas—don’t hesitate to consult an expert. They’re here to help make your visions for your space a reality, and will help ensure you make the right choice. 

When you work with a Homebody expert, we’ll use a sectional couch builder to help create the perfect configuration for your space. 

Our sectionals are packed with optimal comfort, ethically sourced materials, and thoughtful craftsmanship. 

We’re committed to creating the design that flexes for you. 

All of our homebodies are cozier than thou.
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