Living Room Furniture Choices
The living room is arguably the most important room in your home. It’s the first thing see when you first walk in the door every day. It’s where you gather with your loved ones, share space, and put your feet up to relax when you have time. This area used to be called a lounge, or a sitting room, but these days the living room has evolved into a space we actually live and breathe in. Bonus: it is no longer required to be covered in plastic.
There are sofas, loveseats, recliners, accent chairs, ottomans, and sectionals to choose from in every color, fabric, and style. It can be overwhelming! How do you know what living room furniture to select? Today we will talk about sectionals, why they’re in style, and all the different options to choose from.
Trend Alert: Sectional Sofas are in
Sectionals have been around forever, but recently, they’ve come into trendy style. Why are they so popular? There are three main reasons:
- They save space
- They save money
- They’re versatile
While a sofa/loveseat or pullout sofa can require a large area, that is not the case for sectionals. You can push most modern sectionals right up against the wall, or even into a corner, without losing any seating. We love the space saving idea of putting floor lamps between the wall and your sectional to illuminate the space, without taking up space! For more small living room ideas to save space, click here.
You can easily flank a sectional with an accent chair or recliner to create more seating, and even mix up your patterns and textures in the space while doing so. Click here to learn why varying textures help build a great room.
Sectionals tend to be more affordable than your average sofa and loveseat combination, as well. This can vary from store to store. Click here to compare for yourself!
Sectionals’ versatility comes with a reversible chaise. This offers you the ability to move the chaise piece to fit your needs beyond the everyday. The chaise piece can link up to either the right side or the left side front with a simple connector. This means whether you’re having movie night with someone special, hosting a party, or having friends in from out of town, you can make your sectional work in your space. Thinking more longterm, sectionals are super convenient when moving from one rental unit to the next.
What is RAF vs LAF?
If you’re shopping for sectionals, no doubt you have seen the letters “RAF” and “LAF.” These are very simply defined.
“RAF” means “Right Arm Facing.” This means when you’re looking dead ahead at the sectional, the arm of the sectional is on the right-hand side.
“LAF” means “Left Arm Facing.” This means when you’re looking dead ahead at the sectional, the arm of the sectional is on the left-hand side.
In this photo below, you have an LAF sectional. The chaise is on the right side, but the arm is on the left. Therefore, it’s LAF.
How to Style your Sectional
One really popular decorative style is to throw a blanket or large scarf over the corner of your sectional. You can place two or three throw pillows up against it to create a nook space in the corner, adding even more comfort to your living room.
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Other options for decorating include textured throws or fabric or mixed patterns against a neutral sectional. This goes for rugs, blankets, and any living room accessories. You can also decorate the wall behind your low-profile sectional with mirrors, paintings, or bright colors to make it pop.
Types of Sectionals for Sale
Let’s discuss the different styles of sectionals for sale out there. There are so many it can seem overwhelming, but when you break it down, it’s actually quite simple.
Sectional Sofas with Chaise
This type of sectional looks like a sofa with an ottoman attached to the front, called the chaise. They are typically L-shaped. These pieces are usually able to connect via hook, unnoticeably.
2 Piece Sectionals
These are sectionals with two pieces. They typically include a sofa piece (either LAF or RAF) and a chaise that connects to the front. Sometimes the chaise piece is reversible, meaning it can fit on the front right or front left part of the sofa. These pieces are usually able to connect via hook, unnoticeably.
3 Piece Sectionals
These are sectionals with three pieces. They typically include a sofa piece (either LAF or RAF), a corner section or oversized end piece, and a chaise that connects to the front. Sometimes the chaise piece is reversible, meaning it can fit on the front right or front left part of the sofa. The oversized section or corner section can sometimes be called a cuddler. Click here to read about our recent feature on a popular tan 3 piece cuddler sectional. These pieces are usually able to connect via hook, unnoticeably.
4 Piece Sectionals
Four piece sectionals are typically for huge spaces and huge families. Unless you just have a huge budget! You get what you pay for though, as these pieces are luxurious as they come. There is truly room for everyone to unwind. These pieces are usually able to connect via hook, unnoticeably.
These ones recline. Pretty simple!
U Shaped Sectional Sofas
These are typically two L-shaped sectionals that connect together. If you can find a matching LAF and RAF sectional, you can connect them together to make a large gathering area shaped like the letter U. Click here to read about why creating a gathering area in your living room helps you stage your home for sale, or just create a comfortable atmosphere for guests.
While there are probably infinite styles available, these are the most common. At American Freight, we sell all of the above! Stop by and see us at your local store to see what’s in stock and see for yourself what you prefer. Sometimes buying blindly online for such a heavily-used item such as a living room couch or sectional leads to disappointment. We love the idea that at American Freight, you can come in, sit down, touch the fabric, feel how comfortable it is, and decide in person before making such a big decision. We’re here to help! Stop by and see us any time at your local store.
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