Step 2: What Shape Do You Want?
Often times the room where your sectional will be placed plays a big factor in the sectional shape you need. Consider the room’s shape, doorways, and walkways when choosing your sectional’s shape. Let’s take a look at the most common sectional shapes, so that you can pick the layout that’s just right for you, your needs, and your space.
Just as it sounds, an L-shaped layout features 2 pieces merged together at their corners in a 90-degree angle to form an L shape. It’s commonly composed of 3 cushions on one side and 2 cushions on the other. Larger options are available with 3 cushions on one side paired with 4 cushions on the other. This is arguably the most popular because of its versatility, as it works well nestled in a corner as well as floated in the middle of a room – making it a great choice for both large and small spaces.
Imagine a classic sofa, but with a chaise extension on one side and you have a chaise sectional. This includes large chaise sectional or a sofa chaise. If you had to describe this layout in one word, it would have to be “lounge.” The extended seat of a chaise piece makes it easy to lounge in comfort with your feet kicked up.
U-shaped sectionals come with a center sofa piece flanked by an extension on each side to create a U shape. You’ll get more face time with this setup for a more intimate seating setup that encourages socializing and conversation. If you’re working with a larger footprint, have a spacious open floor plan, or want the most seating possible (on average, you can seat 6 to 8 people with this layout), the U-shaped sectional could be the one for you. However, it’s definitely too bulky for smaller spaces.
As the name suggests, modular sectionals are made up of individual pieces or parts, making them a great choice if you have narrow stairways or doorways. They’re growing in popularity these days because while most sectionals come in one designated shape or offer one alternative layout, modular sectionals offer a flexible layout (commonly with 5 pieces that can be configured together in multiple ways or as standalone pieces). This opens the door to a world of different possibilities – rearrange the pieces however you want, whenever you want. So, if you like variety, switching things up, or feel like your seating needs are constantly changing with each passing day, this is definitely the layout you want to go with. The pieces shown are from our Savvy modular collection.