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Sectional vs. Sofa

Are you wondering if you need a sectional or a sofa? It can sometimes be overwhelming when shopping for living room furniture, but Bassett Furniture makes it easy for you. We break down the primary differences between a sectional and sofa. We'll also look at sofas vs couches and offer some suggestions for deciding how you can best design a room. 

Sectional vs. Sofa: Which is Best for Your Space?

sectional comes in one of four common shapes, although many sectionals are versatile enough to be rearranged to suit your needs. The most typical sectional shapes are:

  • L-Shaped Sectionals - These sectionals usually have five cushions: two on one side of the L, two on the other, and one connecting them.
  • U-Shaped Sectionals - With plenty of seating for even large gatherings, U-shaped sectionals may have a center with two sections extending from either side, or they may look like an L-shaped sectional with a chaise lounge on the opposite side. 
  • Chaise Sectionals - A chaise sectional is just like a regular sofa, but uses one chaise cushion instead of a chair cushion. Some sectionals allow you to move the chaise to either the left or right side, depending on your preference.
  • Pit Sectionals - There's nothing more fun or cozy than a pit sectional! These sectionals are more like giant customizable beds than sofas. A pit sectional has a cushion for every spot, so you can create a seat that's just right for how you're feeling in the moment — or let everyone pile on at once!

A sofa can't be customized to the extent that many sectionals can; it's typically shaped as a straight (or curved) line with one, two or three cushions. 

Is a Sectional Better Than a Sofa?

Is a sectional better than a sofa? Not necessarily! It's a matter of personal preference, and it all depends on your space and your family's needs. While a sectional can be more versatile than a sofa, all those cushions take up extra space. If you have a smaller living room (or you aren't usually squeezing more than two or three people on your sofa), a sectional can overwhelm the room and crowd out other furniture. 

Sofa vs. Couch. Which is for You?

The term "sofa" generally applies to more extravagant furniture while "couch" is a more casual term. A couch suggest more of a reclinging action while a sofa is more benchlike. If you've been sondering about the advatnges of a sofa versus a couch, rest assured that for all practical purposes, they are one and the same. 

At Bassett Furniture, we understand that different people have different needs, and that's why many of our sofas and sectionals are completely customizable. Choose from several shapes and fabrics to find the perfect fit for your living room.

Want help? Our design consultants are here for you every step of the way. Find a store near you to explore some of your options!

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