How to Decide Between a Sectional and a Sofa

by Smitty's Fine Furniture

It can be a hard choice between a sectional and sofa while designing your living room. You want the space to be the perfect blend of functional and beautiful for your family. There also may just be way too many great options for your home!

We can help figure out what would be the best fit for your living space by comparing a sofa vs a sectional couch.

Know What You Need From Your Living Room

Designing living rooms, especially a small space, is all about design, layout, and comfort. You evaluate what is the most important thing in your space.

If you like to entertain, you should take the time to consider how many seats you need for your guests and how you can ensure people feel comfortable in your living area.

Maybe you want to have an open concept layout so your family room flows seamlessly into your dining room. This can allow your area to feel much larger than its actual size.

A helpful strategy to figuring out what you even want from the area is by thinking about how space is used on a regular basis. Make sure you address what you need as much as your wants.

After you have figured out your wants and needs, it's time to decide what works best for your space.

Sectional vs. Sofa

A Regular Sofa

Regular sofas are typically smaller than sectionals with less seating and a more formal design. Sectionals are large pieces of furniture that can often look like they take up an entire room.

If you have a small space, it may be a good idea to style it with a sofa rather than a sectional.

You won't be limited by a sofa either. The smaller design of sofas can allow you to fit more than one piece of furniture in a room. You could use two sofas to get the same effect as a sectional sofa with a more formal look. Placing chairs or a unique chaise next to your sofa could also provide more seats and bring in more style to your room.

The Benefits of a Sectional Sofa

If you find you're bringing extra chairs into your living room to host everyone, a sectional sofa is a great option. Sectional sofas are generally large, L-shaped or U-shaped, and have plenty of seating.

While a sectional may appear to be more casual than a typical sofa, they can create a better atmosphere for socializing. U or L-shaped sectionals allow guests and family to sit facing one another, making any living room a great space for hosting. You could only get this much seating using two sofas facing one another!

Sectionals aren't just a great seat - many have the option to fold into a pull-out couch or bed. A sectional is a great choice for people who have frequent visitors but not enough bedrooms.

Improve Your Living Space

Sometimes there are too many options to choose from! If you are struggling with the sectional vs sofa decision, call or visit Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener. Our friendly staff can help you figure out what could work well so you can decide on the right seat for your living space.