Sectionals are back

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The advantage of sectional sofas, of course, is that they’re comfortable and can be arranged in any way that suits your room. A sectional is good for seating a lot of people — instead of sofa, loveseat, two chairs and an ottoman, a sectional doesn’t look so busy. Today’s sectionals tend to be shorter and deeper than pit groups of the past, making them cozier and a better fit for small rooms.

Be sure to test out your furniture before you buy, versus buying online. It’s almost like buying a pair of shoes, come into the showroom and spend time sitting on the pieces before you decide. Check the height of the arms and the feel of the back and cushions. If you like to nap on a sofa or chaise, lie down on furniture in the store, too.

Even more than other sofas, sectionals can be ordered to your custom configurations, not only in the number of pieces, but in their shape. You can change the arm or change the back. Today’s sectionals are endlessly versatile. The basic pieces are three-seat sofas and love seats with room for two. Either might unfold into a sleeper. The pieces may or may not have arms, or a single arm in left- or right-arm-facing configurations. A typical layout, might be two love seats with a bridging sofa between.

Next come single-seat chairs, also with or without arms. Recliners or “motion” pieces are very popular options, including powered recliners. Armless wedges let you angle your sectional pieces into a corner.

In smaller rooms, two love seats with a corner unit make a practical layout, very popular in contemporary decor. In larger spaces, horseshoe-shaped configurations create a cozy feeling. Sectionals can also include a chaise lounge at one end, popular with those who like to put their feet up.

Some opt for a large, seat-height ottoman, which may open to provide storage space. The ottoman can be moved from one end of the sectional to the other, placed in front of another piece to emulate a chaise or hold a tray and serve as a cocktail table. If you need more table space, some sofa and love seat units feature a back cushion that folds down into a table. Stand-alone single armrests can be wedged between two seats or placed at one end. They also may offer hidden storage spaces. Cup holders, and consoles are other add-ons. You can even get weatherproof sectionals for outdoors— a major consideration for those embracing the Florida lifestyle, here in Canada.

If you are planning to put your house on the market it’s important to understand the basics of staging. When it comes to staging rooms, and arranging furniture, there are often personalized and subjective choices to be made. Generally speaking, however, the goal is to highlight your home’s strengths and to downplay its weaknesses. Doing so will help to appeal to the greatest possible number of prospective buyers. Consider some of these general guidelines from England Furniture as you begin to stage your living room.

Light it up!
Make sure you have light sources all around the room and that every corner gets attention. Keep light balanced. If, for example, you have end tables on either side of your sofa, have matching lamps on either side.

Pack it up!
Pack up unnecessary furniture (and personal items) before you show the house to prospective buyers. An overpacked living room is a warning sign to buyers that your home lacks storage space. Move furniture to your garage or a storage facility. Many professional stagers prepped for market by taking away almost half of the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger as a result. You don’t necessarily need to cut that much, but be sure to take some pieces out of the room.England Furniture Living Room Staging Tips.

Bring it in!
There’s a common belief that living rooms will appear larger if all of the furniture is up against the walls. This isn’t true! If necessary, furnish your living room by keeping furniture away from walls. Create a cozy, conversational area with your sofa and chairs in the center. Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in a living room.

Use Your Rugs Too!
It’s important to show your living room flooring, but you also want to use large area rugs in the living room. A smaller rug will make a small room seem even smaller. Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your couch or chairs to create a cohesive look. Generally speaking, furniture looks better when all the furniture is on them.

A sectional sofa is extremely comfortable and it can provide ample seating for your family or for entertaining. It’s a large piece of furniture, however, and its’ size can make it difficult to arrange the room in a functional way. Some people are hesitant to buy sectional sofas for this reason,but with a better understanding of furniture placement, you can create a comfortable atmosphere with a sectional that will work in almost any space.

Achieve Balance
Creating a sense of balance is important. Sectional sofas are large and a room can quickly appear to be weighed down on one side. Position your sectional sofa across from other big pieces of furniture, such as a large armchair, a big entertainment stand, a noticeable fireplace, or a big bookcase. While you may be tempted to separate the pieces of your sectional, avoid the temptation. Doing this often throws off a sense of balance and creates an awkward looking room.

Accessibility and Openness
If you have a good amount of square footage, place the longest section of a sectional into the corner that is opposite the entry into your room. This will create a sense of space that will appear easily accessible, inviting, and open. If the sectional sofa includes an armless, interchangeable chaise lounge, keep it away from the entry side. The chaise should be out of the way to avoid tripping. You also want to avoid having to walk around to sit.

Create a Good Sense of Flow
Sectional sofas initially seem awkward to position in your room. Many individuals tend to place large furnishings up against walls, assuming that’s the only option. It isn’t! The middle of the room can often be the perfect place for your sectional as placing it in the middle enables you to use an otherwise open space. It also makes every seat of sectional accessible and the wall space can be used for other pieces of furniture. Try placing your coffee table or the sectional’s footstool in the centre of the room and then place your sectional sofa in – and around – the coffee table or stool. Make sure you leave room for accessing each seat and room for the recliner’s footstool.