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Getting an apartment sectional is an investment of both space and money and while they’re absolutely worth it, you need to be sure that the model you’re getting is absolutely perfect. From considering its size to the materials, number of pieces, comfort, brand, model and more, it can be quite daunting so we’ve put together a quick but highly effective guide to ensure you find the perfect one for you – including a selection of the models that are, in our view, the best apartment sectional sofas.
Yes, it can get overwhelming to find a great sectional sofa but no, you don’t have to stay overwhelmed. Today, we’re going to make life a little easier for you by giving you our top “sectional sofa for apartments” picks, as well as giving you a step-by-step guide that hopefully clears the air around this seating option. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which apartment sectional you’ll get, ensuring that you’ll have your guests (and your body) sighing in relaxing pleasure!
Best Apartment Sectionals
These are, in my view, the best apartment sectional sofas. Let’s first take a look at a general top list and then focus on more compact solutions.
Top Apartment Sectionals – General
To read in-depth reviews of all these models, be sure to check our top rated sectionals article.
|Sectional Sofa||Stone & Beam Hoffman Sectional Sofa||Stone & Beam Kristin Sectional Sofa Couch||Stone & Beam Carrigan Modern Sectional Sofa||Homelegance Pecos Reclining Sectional Sofa||Iconic Home Da Vinci Tufted Sectional Sofa||Poundex Faux Leather Sectional Chaise Sofa||Rivet Revolve Modern Sofa with Sectional Chaise||Oliver Smith S295 Sectional Sofa||FDW Contemporary Faux Leather Sectional Sofa||Signature Design by Ashley Darcy Sectional||Poundex Bobkona Viola Sectional Set|
|Fabric/Material||Performance Fabric||Performance Fabric||Cotton||Faux Leather||Velvet or Faux Leather||Faux Leather||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric||Faux Leather||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||1 Year||1 Month||6 Months||1 Year||1 Month||1 Month||1 Year||6 Months|
Top Apartment Sectionals – Compact
To read in-depth reviews of all these models, be sure to check our best small sectionals article.
|Sectional Sofa||Stone & Beam Kristin Sectional Sofa Couch||Stone & Beam Dalton Sofa Couch with Chaise||Rivet Revolve Sofa with Sectional Chaise||Signature Design by Ashley - Darcy Sofa Chaise||Homelegance Phelps Chaise Sectional||BCP Tufted Sectional Sofa Couch Set||DHP Emily Sectional Futon Sofa with Chaise||HONBAY Convertible Sectional Sofa Couch||HONBAY Modern Sectional Sofa Couch|
|Fabric/Material||Performance Fabric||Performance Fabric||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric||Faux Leather||Faux Leather, Linen or Velvet||Faux Leather||Poly Linen|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||60 Days||1 Year||30 Days||30 Days|
How to Get the Perfect Apartment Sectional
Now that you’ve seen the models that are, in my view, the top apartment sectionals, let’s dive further into how to make sure you get the perfect one.
Step 1: Space
One of the most important things to consider before you decide to go in for a sectional sofa is the amount of space you’re willing to give said sofa. Don’t worry, though; sectional sofas aren’t meant only for big spaces and apartments. Whether you have a cute studio apartment, a standard one or two-bedroom condo or a sweeping penthouse, the right sectional can immediately add a whole new aesthetic dimension to it. Finding the right balance between the size of the sofa and the size of the space is essential; you don’t want one to overpower the other! Additionally, keep in mind how many people you want to seat and whether you plan to take naps on your sofa. The lengthier the sofa (in terms of the space between the arms), the more people you can seat and the more comfortable the nap!
Remember, a side chair seats one person, a loveseat seats two, a 3-seater sofa will seat 3 whereas a sectional will seat between 5-7 people (or more, even). The great part is that many brands offer specific apartment-sized sectional sofas for apartments (as small as 80 x 35 inches) that are built to suit smaller spaces without compromising on the number of people they can seat. Of course, this means that they will be less spacious than their normal-scale counterparts.
Step 2: Materials
This part isn’t meant specifically for apartment sectionals, but for sectional sofas in general. Know what your sofa is made of! What material is used determines the durability and longevity of your sofa. Frames are generally made of solid wood (or hardwood) for durability, though other materials such as particleboard (inexpensive, light yet easily damageable), kiln-dried hardwood (wood finished in a kiln for superior durability) and metal (the most durable) are also used. These frames can be assembled in two ways — “stapled frame”(the frame is held together by heavy-duty staples) and “double-dowelled”(frame is held together by round pieces of wood called “dowels” with glue and screws). The former is cheap yet fragile while the latter is more expensive and also the most durable.
Additionally, think about your cushions as well. Do you want soft, inexpensive low-density foam that wears out quickly? Or high-density foam that’s a little more expensive but holds its shape? Or maybe you’d like to go in for down cushions (goose feathers) that are the most comfortable but also the most expensive and require constant fluffing? Or, if you want the best of all worlds, should you go in for a foam-and-down hybrid cushion?
Similarly, do you want a pillow back sectional with removable cushions or a tight back sectional where the cushions are attached to the frame? Lastly, think about what upholstery you want. Sure, materials like velvet, leather and suede scream “luxury” but they’re also expensive and high-maintenance. Faux leather is relatively less expensive and low-maintenance, as are bonded leather and fabric.
Step 3: Style
Sectional sofas for apartments come in many styles — traditional, modern, contemporary, mid-century, and so on, with each style having its own unique characteristics. Additionally, sectional sofas can be L-shaped, U-shaped, chaise or angular, in addition to being left-facing, right-facing or reversible. L-shaped sofas are great for more compact spaces, whereas U-shaped sofas are the ideal option when you want to fill in a large space. Left and right-facing sectional sofas for apartments can only be configured in a certain way (like L-shaped sofas) whereas reversible sectional sofas can be arranged as you desire.
For an apartment, we highly recommend a chaise sectional which can be arranged as desired and as your space demands. You also want to think about whether you want to keep your sofa against the wall or floating in the middle of the space; this can determine whether your apartment ends up looking smaller, overcrowded or more spacious.
Step 4: Tips to Keep in Mind
Now that you know what to look for in a sofa, the following tips will help you out when buying a sectional sofa for your apartment:
- Pick sectional sofas that come with additional storage
- Try to draw up a floor plan while measuring your space, including plotting your doors and windows (don’t worry, this doesn’t call for a degree in architecture; of course there’s an app for it!)
- Remember, it isn’t about size; it’s about scale
- Pick a lightweight option that can be moved around easily when required (you can counter skidding or slipping with rugs and slip-pads)
- Try to pick a color and style that also compliments your room decor
- Pick a rounded sofa and not a square style as the latter can leave you feeling more boxed-in, especially in a small space
- Space out the parts of your sectional so that you can maneuver around them more easily
- Pick a sectional sofa that can be configured as you wish; which means the ability to add or take away parts of the set as well
- Small doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to settle for simple (in terms of design; don’t complicate your space with a complicated layout where you end up covering windows and doors)
- Pick sectional sofas that have a ton of multi-functional features such as cup-holders, USB ports and pull-out beds. Pull-out beds are great space-savers
- Harmony! This means ensuring that all the individual parts of your sofa go together — don’t let your coffee table overpower your couch and don’t get a sofa and loveseat of the same size
As mentioned earlier, one of the best things about sectional sofas is that they are compatible with any space, small or big, indoors or outdoors. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you randomly pick a sectional sofa and expect it to instantly work in your space; getting the right sectional sofa for apartments is essential, and this means considering the many factors we’ve mentioned above. Plus, with out personal top picks you’re sure to get a fantastic unit!
Thanks as always for reading, enjoy your new apartment sectional and have yourself a great day!