10 Best Sectional Sofas for Every Space

Stretch out in style with these comfy L-shaped, U-shaped and modular sectionals.

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December 15, 2022

When it comes to living room seating, there's nothing more comfortable than a sectional. The chaise gives you the option to stretch out solo or snuggle up with another person, the sofa can easily accommodate the rest of the family, and the cushions are perfectly plump for reading, watching a movie or even napping. Once you relax on a sectional, you'll never want to go back to an ordinary couch.

But shopping for a sectional can be pretty daunting; it's a big purchase, after all. So we did the research and found the best sectionals for every budget, space and lifestyle. Keep scrolling to see those and get our tips for buying one.

What to Consider When Buying a Sectional

COST: Generally speaking, sectionals are more expensive than traditional sofas. (For reference, mid-sized sectionals start at about $1,200, whereas mid-sized sofas typically range from $500-$1,200.) For a larger sectional or a sectional crafted from finer materials, like leather, you should expect to pay $2,500 or more.

UPHOLSTERY: On that note, it's important to choose the right fabric. When you're paying $1,200 or more for a sectional, you want to make sure that it'll last for years — and the best way to do that is with stain- and scratch-resistant upholstery. If you have kids and/or pets, look for microfiber and try to avoid velvet or silk. (Leather is easy to clean but it's also easy to scratch, so it's 50/50 for families.) Many retailers will let you customize the color and finish of your sectional, too, so you can confirm that you're getting the most durable option.

TYPE: Finally, consider which type of sectional would best suit your space and lifestyle. If you're content with the layout of your living room and don't anticipate any major changes, then you could easily opt for a standard sectional. But if you foresee needing to rearrange the room, moving to a bigger house or growing your family, then you might benefit from a reversible or a modular sectional. A reversible sectional will allow you to switch the chaise from one side to the other, while a modular one can expand to a variety of configurations.

Best Sectional Overall

What's reasonably priced, totally customizable, kid- and pet-friendly and super comfortable? Burrow's Nomad Sofa Sectional. This gorgeous three-seater claims our top spot because it essentially allows you to design the perfect couch. You can choose the fabric color, leg finish, arm style, back cushions and the position of the movable chaise. You can also tack on an ottoman or another corner seat at any time. The sectional is covered in a tight olefin fiber weave, too, and even comes with a USB charger.

Best Budget Sectional

If you're trying to keep it around $1,000, then this Luo Wide Reversible Sectional is the way to go. Although it's under $1,200, this sectional doesn't sacrifice space or style; it boasts three seats, a reversible chaise and chic features like a tufted base and round bolster pillows. The sectional is also available in nine stunning colors, like platinum and blush.

Best Apartment-Sized Sectional

With its compact shape and low-level design, the 74-inch Eddy Reversible Sectional is the perfect choice for an apartment. The reversible chaise makes it easy to slip the two-seater into any corner, while the low arms and trestle legs will help your space seem larger. And since it's coming from West Elm, you can trust that this cozy sectional is built to last.

Best Modular Sectional

If you're worried about being "locked" into a certain position, then opt for a modular sectional. More specifically? Make it the Range Open U Sectional. With six core modules, this sectional easily converts from an L-shape to a U or even a pit. Meanwhile, overstuffed pillows and wide seats give you that immediate, sink-in feeling. At $2,795, this modular sectional is beyond reasonably priced and can be expanded down the line.

Best U-Shaped Sectional

When it comes to U-shaped sectionals, you can't go wrong with the Pacific U-Shaped Sectional from Crate & Barrel. Its long, low profile instantly sets a casual tone, while its wide seats and twin chaises give your family ample space to lounge. The sectional is also available in nine breezy "core" hues, although you can choose a performance favorite for an additional fee.

Best Sleeper Sectional

No guest bedroom? No problem. This Harris Sleeper Sectional is the ultimate two-in-one solution and makes hosting overnight guests a total breeze. The sofa pulls out to a queen-sized mattress (complete with gel-infused foam), the chaise includes storage for bedding and the cushions feature zip-off cushions for easy cleaning. You can also choose which side the sleeper and which side the chaise go on.

Best Sectional With Storage

Sometimes, you need a little extra storage — and when that time comes, you need to get your hands on this Kayden Upholstered Reversible Sectional. In addition to a biscuit-tufted back and tapered dowel legs, this glamorous sectional has a lift-open chaise for throw pillows, blankets and more.

Best Sectional With Side Table

If you regularly snack or sip wine on the couch, then you need a sectional with a built-in side table. And this Range Sectional Lounger from Burrow is the best around. In addition to a "plug and play" table that puts drinks in arm's reach on either side of the couch, this sectional features a tight olefin weave upholstery that repels stains — just in case of spills. In turn, you'll enjoy even more peace of mind during your next movie or game night.

Best Leather Sectional

In our book, the perfect leather sectional is classic, comfortable and available in leather and vegan leather options. And this Hamilton Chaise Sectional delivers on all fronts. We love how the solid wood frame and overstuffed cushions help the sectional retain its shape, too, so your purchase will look and feel new for years to come. And the price is right in line with other major retailers.

Best Outdoor Sectional

Fair Warning: Your friends and family members will flock to this outdoor sectional. And it's easy to see why. With its plush, UV-resistant cushions and wicker foundation, this sectional is the perfect blend of comfort and durability. The set also includes a glass-topped coffee table for drinks and snacks. Best of all? The modular set is so affordable that you could buy two for the price of one and create the ultimate summer hangout.

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