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#BuyersGuide: Tips For Buying A Sectional

Sectional buying can be a daunting task if you are new to the game. What size do I need? What If I move ? Do I need to have a huge room for it to fit? We hope this post helps clarify some questions you may have and gives you the nudge you need to make that big decision.

Whether you are  custom ordering from a store in person or ordering online, you will come across terminology that may be confusing. Sectional components mostly consist of Right arm facing (RAF), Left arm facing (LAF), corner pieces, chaises or armless pieces. Right or left arm facing means that when you are looking at the sectional, the arm is on the right or left. An armless piece is useful to connect your LAF or RAF end pieces or add length to your piece and chaise lounges add an L-shaped length without the extra cushions.

Contrary to popular belief. you do not need a huge space for a sectional to work. Actually, a sectional may be the solution to that small awkward space you can’t seem to figure out. A large piece of furniture in a small space can actually anchor the space and help it seem bigger! Eliminating multiple pieces of furniture and using a sectional to accommodate all of your seating needs will make for a cozier, softer space. Here are a couple of examples:

The sectional above features a left arm facing love seat and right arm facing chaise. A sofa with a chaise is a great option for a small space.

This sectional is traditional L-shaped with a RAF love seat and LAF sofa with return.

Before you start shopping, measure your space and draw out a floor plan! You need to know exactly how much room you have to work with, especially because the majority of sectional purchases are special orders and non-returnable. You want to take note of your high traffic areas, point of entrance and all doors and openings. Sectionals are great, but if you are blocking your entrances and flow of traffic, it may not be the best option for your space.

Think you will be moving in a few years? Maybe you should consider a modular sectional. These versatile pieces allow you to add and subtract any number of pieces to fit your space perfectly. See an example of a modular sectional below:

This 8 piece sectional can be modified to be smaller or in a different configuration very easily. See it with all of its pieces here:

Try not to become overwhelmed, find your measurements, and head to Turner’s so a designer can help you find the perfect sectional. We are confident that a sectional can quickly add functionality, comfort, and style that few other furnishings can provide.

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