Finding the Perfect Sectional 



In order to maximize seating in a room and give your space a comfortable, laid-back feeling, most families opt for a big sectional couch for their family room.

Even though sectionals are a family-friendly alternative to the traditional sofa and love seat combo, they’re one of the more polarizing elements in interior design. People either love them or hate them. With multiple options in terms of configurations and fabrics, making the right choice for a sectional can seem totally overwhelming.

Tips to help you make the right decision for your space:

Tip #1: 

Get comfortable with sectional terminology. Right arm facing (RAF) means that when you are facing the piece or section, the arm is on your right. Left arm facing (LAF) means that the arm is on your left. Getting the proper-facing arm is critical, because you will be joining two or more pieces, and the placement of the arm will determine if your new sectional works in your room.

Tip #2: 

Sit on all the different options for filling. Foam is a the most cost-effective and easiest care cushion filling, however it feels firm and therefore you can’t cozy into it as much. It is a more upright kind of seating. Down or feather fillings are the softest and most comfortable in my opinion but can also clump and need a little more daily maintenance in the form of fluffing. My most recommended option is foam wrapped in a layer of down filling which is a nice marriage between the two options.

Tip #3:

Find a durable fabric. Again there are pros and cons to both options – either a synthetic fabric or a natural one. Synthetics like polyester, microfibres and acylics are easy to clean and the most durable but not as soft. Natural fabrics like linen and cotton are less durable in terms of the strength of the stain removers that you can use on them, but are often (but not always) a softer touch and feel on the skin. Look at all your options and choose the fabric, colour and pattern that realistically works best for your space (ie. often synthetics are best for families with young kids and big messes!). Ask the store for a piece fabric larger than the usual swatch. Look at in the room both during the day and at night so you can see how it looks in natural and artificial light. 

Hopefully these tips will help you make the right decision for the best fit in your space!

All photos and interior design by Ungerman Homes.


About Author

Jessica Ungerman heads up the interior design division of Ungerman Homes. With expertise in residential and commercial interior design, Ungerman Homes offers a range of services from paint colour consultation to sourcing of interior furnishings. Jessica is a busy mother to three and enjoys spending time with her kids when she is not working. You can find out more about her design offerings at and see examples on houzz.

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