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Select a sectional

Whether your tastes run tailored or more casual, multi-functional sectionals help you maximize seating for large gatherings as well as everyday lounging. Our wide variety of pieces gives you the freedom to create a sofa that perfectly suits your needs. So sit back, lounge around and enjoy.

Let us help you find the right sofa.

Our Design Associates are always on hand to offer expert advice, whether you need help with space planning, fabric selection or anything else. They'll help you get the answers you need to make decisions you can feel good about.

Sectionals can work in any space, from small studio apartments to expansive living rooms.

Holden four-piece sectional in Dakota fog

Assessing your space


Choose the right fabric. Choosing the fabric for your sofa can be the most fun—and sometimes the most daunting—part of sofa shopping. You'll want to consider not just the color, but also the texture and finish of the fabric.

Arm yourself. Remember, left-arm and right-arm configurations refer to the sofa when you're facing it, not sitting on it.

Find the right accents. First, choose the largest piece in your room (most often a sofa or sectional). Then select other furniture and accent pieces to complement this main element.

Keep it under wraps. Our fabrics have been tested for durability and easy care, so you can be sure they'll look great for years to come. But if you'd like an extra layer of protection in areas where kids or pets play, consider a sectional collection that offers slipcovers.

Get connected. We include heavy duty connectors with all our sectionals, so you never have to worry about your seating sliding apart. Our Delivery Associates install the hardware when they assemble your sectional.


Let us help. Our sectional guides provide exact dimensions for each component and pre-configured sectionals, so you can focus on deciding what's right for your space.

Make sure it fits. First, look up the measurements for a specific sectional in the corresponding sectional guide. Then, tape out these measurements on the floor. This virtual sectional will help you quickly and easily map out room configuration options.

Finding your style


Make room. Adding a chaise to one end of your sectional dramatically increases your seating possibilities. A sofa with chaise or L-shape configuration is an ideal setup for letting one or two people read, nap or simply relax.

Spread out. If you want to cozy up with the kids, consider using wedges to create a semi-circular shape. The curved seating opens up more leg room than a right-angle corner piece, giving everyone a great view on movie night.


See eye to eye. An L-shaped sectional with chaise lets you and your guests talk face to face while leaving ample room for a cocktail table in the center. Ideal in large or open rooms, this cozy configuration defines a dedicated conversation area and sets a laid-back tone for any gathering.

Work the room. Modular sectionals use multi-functional ottomans for seating that won't block anyone's view. Sized to the exact height and depth of our sectionals, ottomans can be built into a sectional grouping for open seating, used as traditional footrests or even as cocktail tables.

Save space. Wedges, corners and chaises let you build a sectional that maximizes seating and accommodates a room's traffic patterns and architectural features.

Show your style. Sophisticated and sleek, our tailored sofas are perfect in formal spaces or modern sitting areas.


Rest easy. Several of our sectionals are also available as sleepers, so you can turn any room into inviting guest quarters. Remember to leave enough space in your configuration for the pulled-out mattress.

Store more. Several of our sectionals offer storage ottomans that provide convenient, easy-access storage for extra blankets and sheets.

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