How to Choose the Perfect Sectional Seating Arrangement

A popular furniture choice for both large and small rooms, sectional sofas are great for families and for those who love to entertain. They can float in the middle of an open room to break up the floor plan into separate areas or be placed into a corner to provide maximum seating without taking up too much space. No matter where you place it, your sectional is sure to be the centerpiece of your room’s decor.

Before you get started, there are some common terms to get familiar with:


While you are facing the sofa, loveseat or chaise, the arm of the identified piece (in this case, the chaise) will be on your right side. So this would be called a Right-facing Chaise Sectional.


Same as Right-facing, except that the arm will be on your left side.


Designed to sit between two other furniture pieces, these chairs do not have arms on either side.


Available in both right-facing and left-facing options, a chaise is a sectional piece that features a deep, extended cushion that allows you to stretch out your legs.

Which Arrangement is Right for You?

Sofa Sectional:

When you’re furnishing a more formal setting, a sofa sectional offers comfortable seating in a configuration that’s perfect for entertaining guests. Everyone will have a defined seat that provides back support. Due to their L-shaped design, sectional sofas work well when placed against a wall, but they can also float in the middle of a room.

Modular Sectional:

Is your space a little more casual? A chaise sectional provides maximum lounging space that’s ideal for rooms primarily used for watching TV, reading or relaxing. The chaise’s built-in leg support also makes it the go-to spot for an afternoon nap or an informal overnight sleeping option. Chaise sectionals are often placed so that they float in the middle of a large room.

Loveseat Sectional:

A slightly more compact version of the sofa sectional, this is a great option when you’re furnishing a smaller space. The overall footprint of the sectional is reduced by eliminating the third sofa cushion.