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Furniture Jul 23, 2021

Leather Gallery: Your Guide To Buying a Sectional Sofa

A sectional sofa is a worthy investment in any family home. Not only does it add to the comfort levels of your interior, but it offers ample seating for a more pleasurable lounging environment.

There’s a lot of lingo out there when it comes to sectional sofas. Today we want to share some insider info to help you shop your next sectional with confidence.

What’s so great about sectional sofas?

If you have a big family, or enjoy having guests over at your home, a sectional sofa is a great choice. It offers far more seating potential than a standard sofa and can work great in both bigger and smaller rooms.

One of the best things about buying a sectional is that you can use it to strategically break up an open floor plan into separate zones. In a large open plan area, you can place your sectional in the middle of the room to demarcate a designated lounging area.

Knowing how much space you have is key. You’ll need room to comfortably fit a sectional into a room. Be sure that it doesn’t extend past a wall, and leave enough space in front and behind. This doesn’t mean that sectionals only work in large spaces. If you are working with a smaller room, chances are you will just need to carefully think about the configuration of your room. This way your sectional won’t dwarf your already small space.

Check dimensions

This may sound like an obvious consideration, but you’ll be surprised to know that many people do not always check the dimensions properly before buying furniture. Online and in a showroom, sizes can also be deceiving. Measure not only the length of a couch but also the depth.

Sectionals tend to provide ample seat depth, so be sure to measure and compare that number with your current seating to see if it is enough or too much. Furthermore, sectional sofas often have a chaise component on either end. Make sure to measure the length of that piece. If you are tall, your feet might hang off the edge with some models.

Decide on a configuration

Sectional sofas are versatile. There are many types of setups to consider. Certain shapes will work better for your space so make sure to take the time to think about what would work best.


So, what’s up with the lingo? When picking a sectional, the decision you need to make is whether you want the chaise to be on the right-hand side or the left-hand side of the sofa portion.

Here’s where it gets tricky.

Your left-hand side and your right hand side are different when you’re sitting on the sofa compared to when you’re standing up and looking at the sofa. The side that the chaise is on is always determined as if you are standing up and looking at the sofa. This means that an LAF sectional has a chaise that is on your left-hand side when you are standing up and facing the sofa. A sectional with an RAF configuration means that the chaise will be on your right-hand side when you are standing up and facing the sofa.


An L-Sectional is a sofa that has two sofa portions rather than a sofa portion and a chaise portion. The two sofa portions meet at a right angle, which creates a nice, cozy corner area. An L-Sectional is great for social gatherings since it creates extra seating space. While a chaise is great for kicking back and relaxing, it’s not designed for people to sit on by itself for extended periods. An L-Sectional gives everyone their own seat at the sofa.

U-Shaped Sectionals

A U-shaped sectional is perfect for a big family. there’s plenty of seating and lots of room to spread out. This sectional is ideal for a large space or if you don’t want to bother with armchairs and other seating. The U shape allows two people to sit facing each other at the arms of the top of the U.

Chaise Sectional

A chaise sectional looks like a traditional sofa with a chaise on either the left or right side of the couch. You can place this sectional pretty much anywhere you’d put a regular sofa. The perk of this sectional is that you have a good spot to lay down with your feet up. It can also be used to seat an extra person on the edge of the chaise.

We understand that buying a sectional sofa is an investment. We want you to make the right choice with confidence. Contact the team from Leather Gallery about your options and invest in a quality piece for your home.

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