The age-old living room design debate: sectional or sofa? If you’re looking for a definitive answer, you won’t find one here. All else equal, one isn’t better than the other. Some people despise the typical sofa, while others vow to never furnish their living room with a sectional. The multi-person seating option that is right for you, may not be right for your neighbor. If you’re unsure about which is right for you, we’ve laid out some factors to help you in your decision.
Flexibility can really be applied to two areas of design: room layout and style. Sofas offer more flexibility in room layout, so they win that battle. You have more options when it comes to moving and adding chairs, recliners, and end tables around a sofa.
Additionally, sofas offer you the chance to add more colors and patterns to your living space as you add additional seating. With sectionals, you have to commit to a single style, as you won’t have as much space to add additional seating in. However, if you’re a person who has more of a minimalist style or fears clashing more than the average person, a sectional might be the right choice for you.
Stemming off of flexibility is mobility. If you don’t like to stay in once place for too long, or see a move in your foreseeable future, a sofa may be a smart seating choice. Sectionals are harder to move and transport. Additionally, once you’re in your new home, there’s no promise that your old sectional will fit the new room layout.
Sectionals offer more intimacy with your family and friends. They close you in with those you are visiting or relaxing with, without squeezing you into too tight of a space. On the other hand, if you desire a more formal atmosphere, whether it be for when you have guests over or another reason, a sofa offers you that formality. Furthermore, a sofa may offer a more open floor plan for people to navigate.
If you’re big on lounging in the living room and enjoy relaxing in front of the television or fire, you may want to consider a sectional. Sectionals give off a very distinct vibe that calls you in to lounge and relax. However, this is not to say that sofas aren’t comfortable. Indeed, they may be more comfortable to some, as they don’t have the corner section of sectionals that many find awkward.
If you have a large living room, you’re in luck (unless you’re indecisive). A sofa or sectional could both be great for your room! Since you’re not limited to a small space, you have the opportunity to plan your seating however you see fit.
However, a small space typically calls for a sectional. A sofa with a chair or two against a wall has the potential to make the room appear cluttered due to the lack of space. An appropriate sectional can provide a look of uniformity and the same amount of seating while without eating up extra space.
Ultimately, your decision will depend on what you value most in a living space. Whether it be any of the above factors or others, only you can determine the perfect seating arrangement for your home. After all, you’re the one living there! Take a good look at your space, how you interact with it, and what you value in a living room. It’s sure to steer you in the right direction.