SECTIONALS - The answer to essential lounging.
A sectional consists of two, three or four joined seating parts that are connected together. Sectionals may include sofa, loveseat, sleepers, lounges and corner pieces. Sectionals come in versatile configurations to suit different room layouts and preferences.
Buying Guide for the Perfect Sectional
Today's sectional goes beyond reclining chairs and cup holders. They are refined and sophisticated as extremely comfortable. Sectional Sofas come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so be sure to follow the buying guide tips below for the perfect piece for your family. Ensure comfort and ease of care when you are looking for a slipcovered sectional. Consider adding a chaise lounge to the end of a sectional in order to provide that perfect place to put your feet up and chill. If you have a large living area or bonus room and you do not want separated seating like two sofas and two accent chairs, a sectional may be for you. When selecting a sectional keep in mind the depth of the seat, the overall depth, what configuration works best for the focal point of the room or for easy conversation.
When should you not use a sectional?
The most important thing to keep in mind when arranging and furnishing a room is room to walk. If a sectional is going to prevent a room from having adequate walking space around the furniture, you should probably go with a sofas & chairs.
When considering a sectional purchase, the first decision is the overall shape that best fits the room. Typically the largest section of seating should be facing the main focal wall whether it be a TV, Mantle or gorgeous view. This will also help determine the layout. The room, of course, will also dictate the size chosen. Seating pieces do not need to always be placed against a wall, as a sectional makes a great room divider. Be sure to allow enough space between the seat and a coffee table when using a sectional as you have to consider two to three sides meeting a table.
Between a seated guest and the coffee/cocktail table should be 18-20 inches. The clear space behind a sectional should provide a 30-36" min walkway.
When building your custom sectional, it is very important to understand and know the terminology. When you face the piece, the right arm or let arm is labeled by where it is located when facing a sofa. For instance a Left Arm Facing will be labeled as LAF. If you face a sofa, loveseat or chair without any arm, then it's considered armless.
The look and style of a sectional is defined by the arm shape, the seat style, the fabric and fill choice. For instance, a shelter arm is a high square, narrow track arm that "shelters" you. This type of arm paired with a firm bench seat offers a more modern, sleek sectional. Whereas a rolled, lower arm with a neat welt, down cushions and a light linen cover will provide a more casual, relaxed, traditional feel. If you cannot decide, browse the details of our sofas to see what the overall look is that you like and build from there.
Sectional Fill & Fabric
What seat fill you choose will help define the shape, feel and overall look of the seats as well as the fabric covering it. Some fills include: firm, soft and a mix between. Each collection has feather blend, feather alternative, foam versions and more. Sectionals are great for larger families who want to include the whole crowd when gathering, so maybe a nice down fill is a good choice for everyone to sink into. If you decide to even include the pets in your TV watching, maybe consider a nice Crypton or Sunbrella fabric to keep washing to a minimum. If you are going with a smaller-scale sectional that is a one arm sofa with a lounge, maybe consider keeping it simple with a flared, thin arm, feather cloud fill and white linen slipcover. You might be in the market for a St. Barts Sectional. Grab a book and enjoy.
Our Sectionals stay connected with heavy duty stainless steel connectors. Depending on the Slipcovered Collection, the skirting may be partial on the connecting side or split. The connectors allow the pieces to stay together without sliding or moving out of place.
Sectional Terminology 1-10
1. LAF ONE ARM CHAISE
2. RAF SOFA/LOVESEAT
3. LAF SOFA/LOVESEAT
4. RAF ONE ARM CHAISE
5. LAF BUMPER
6. ARMLESS SOFA/LOVESEAT
7. ARMLESS CHAIR
8. LAF ONE ARM CHAIR/RAF
9. CORNER CHAIR
10. RAF SOFA W/RETURN/LAF
Designing the Interior
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Living Room Layout
Where should my seating go, how big should my coffee table be and what size rug should get to anchor all my pieces? The answer to these questions and more are found in our Furniture Buying Guide.
Kiln-dried recycled, sustainable hardwoods, 8-way hand-tied spring, eco-friendly fillings, superior reinforced joints are just some of the construction details found in our slipcovered lines.
Selecting the Perfect Sofa
Find out what some of the buying details are for purchasing the perfect sofa for your space. Kids, Dogs, Entertaining - we got you covered....literally.
All Slipcovered Furniture
Custom-made Slipcovered Furniture is our specialty! From Sofas, Sectionals, Love Seats, Chairs, Ottomans and Headboards. The style and fabric choices are endless.
Within each slipcovered seating collection, we offer hundreds of fabric choices from cotton twills, linens, performance fabrics and more in a multitude of color ways: white, tans, creams, blues, corals and grays.
Sectional Shape & Directional Tips
Have a nice size living or bonus room that would be perfect for a nice, big sectional or how about a nice petite sectional with a loveseat paired with a lounge? Either preference, we have one for you.
Lighting & Lamps
Whether you are in the market for table lamps, sconces, floor lamp, chandelier or even a desk lamp, we have a wide variety in multiple finishes and styles. No room for a side table & lamp? Try a unique coastal style floor lamp instead. Our collections are hand-selected by a team of designers to fit any look.
Salvaged from coasts and ship wreckage located all over the world, we are your source for authentic nautical lighting. These lights can be used as decor or serve a functional purpose when wired. From dock lights, passageway lights, a nautical spot light or a vintage lantern - these pieces help create a vintage feel and evoke that seaside vibe for the home.
Home Decor & Accent Pieces
Our Boat House is a one stop shop for all those unique coastal accent pieces and fine decor. Real, authentic coral, shells, hand-crafted wooden games, quote books, coffee table books, sea glass balls, telescopes, vintage trunks, bowls, baskets and more. So many little finds accentuate the interiors and define the desired style.
Our Collections of Outdoor Furniture truly stand out. Each piece is uniquely crafted while being beautifully timeless. We provide high quality, sophisticated products with traditional and stylish craftsmanship with innovative, durable & diverse materials. Our pieces will be around for generations to come whether it's on the porch, patio, deck or poolside.
We offer a wide variety of vintage oars, lobster traps, sea glass balls as well as ship salvage from coastal towns all over the word. Every piece tells a story and has texture, age and unique finishes from yesteryear. There's also a vast array of unique decor and accessories to complete the coastal look you want for every room in your home.
Shop selections found in our Outdoor Living Collections. Whether you need a perfect piece for your next beach outing or some fun, but useful decorative items for the deck, pool, garden, courtyard, patio or porch.From hammocks, planters, torches, umbrellas to pillows and rugs - we have you covered - or out in the open sky!
We've taken the guesswork out of textile designs by choosing coordinating colors and patterns that will complement any bedroom. Choose from exclusive designs, luxurious comfort and exceptional quality for everyone. Let us help create a dreamy retreats for the master suite and guest rooms so everyone is settled and relaxed for an embracing, comfortable night's rest.
Rugs for Every Room
We offer an extensive selection of family, pet and guest-friendly rugs in classic neutrals, shades blues and variations of grays, pastels or fun, bright colors.Our rugs are available in a wide range of patterns, prints and stripes. Feel good about your rug investment with durable and yet comfortable materials like cotton, jute, sisal, fibers for outdoor, wool and more. There's no doubt you'll find one, two or three for your home.
It's no secret we love our pillows when it comes to adding to the finished room. Pillows add comfort, style, design, texture and definition to a space. Our pillow selections are unique, colorful, bright, patterned. We also have calm, muted patterns, abstract, geometric or soft floral prints. There will be a pillow to coordinate with any decor. Shop by color or style in the Pillow Section.