How to Select the Best Sectional for your Living Room

If you are looking to furnish a smaller space and still want a comfy place to sit, a sectional may be the best option for you.  Whether you enjoy lounging while reading a good book or need extra seating for guests, today’s living room sectionals are sophisticated and range from upholstered velvet to slipcovered linen styles.  Better yet, if you decide to rearrange your home, a sectional is versatile, as it is small enough to fit in many spaces.  Check out what our designers think about when choosing sectionals for the living room and other spaces in the home:

Know the Difference Between Designs

There are a number of options when it comes to living room sectional sofas, which means you can get exactly what you want.  The most popular and versatile of all sofas is the L-shape design.  As this soda resembles two sofas merged together in a right-angle, it’s easy to place the sofa in a corner or in the center of your floor plan to break up the room.  A simplified version of the L-shape design is the chaise sectional – just make sure you are set on which side the chaise should go on before you buy.

If you are in the market for a more casual living room sectional, try a modular or sleeper sofa.  Most modular sectionals come in multiple pieces you can easily put together in your home, whereas the sleeper is functional for those visiting and spending the night.

Consider the Fabric Choice

Different households need different fabrics.  A sectional in the living room will likely get more use than a sectional in a nook or library, so make sure to choose a fabric that is durable.  For homeowners with kids and pets – and yes, red wine lovers, too – we recommend faux suede or a Sunbrella indoor-outdoor fabric. Distressed fabric also tends to look better as it ages, with the occasional scuff or scratch adding to the overall look texture.  Go with a luxury velvet or silk fabric if you know the sectional will get the one-in-awhile use.

Test Out the Seat Depth & Height

The worst is when you purchase a sofa online – finally sit in it – and realize you don’t like the sofa’s seat depth.  On average, seat depth ranges from 21 to 24 inches, and you can find other sectionals that fall outside that range.  Most homeowners are comfortable sitting in a sectional that is 20 to 22 inches in height, but we recommend testing several sofa heights at your local furniture store.


Your sectional is where you lounge for your early morning coffee, a midday break, and after a long day at work.  First and foremost, you want to invest in a comfortable sectional that also fits your home’s style.  Our designers would be happy to help you navigate your new sofa selection.  They’ll use expertise to help you find a sectional you love – both comfort- and design-wise.


Choose Fenton Home Furnishings when searching for the perfect sectional for your home. Our experienced designers can help you find the perfect sectional that matches your living room today. Give us a call or stop into one of our Michigan locations – Fenton, Waterford, Lapeer, or Frankenmuth – to schedule a free in-home design consultation.