The Different Types of Sectionals and Their Benefits

October 13, 2023  ·  6 min read  ·  Reviewed by Sarah Zubowski

If you’re on the hunt for the best sectional for your home, you may be interested in knowing what the different types of sectionals are for you to choose from! But first, what exactly is a sectional? A sectional is a type of upholstered sofa or couch that has two or more sections that can be put together to create additional seating space and can come in a variety of shapes. 

Sectionals are a great investment for homeowners who have more space, love to host guests, or want more seating space for the family. They are perfect for game nights, movie marathons, and all of your upcoming holiday parties.

So, how do you know which sectional type is best for your needs and space? Check out our expert Furniture Buying Guide for tips and tricks on how to choose the right pieces for your home, and keep reading for a deep dive into sectionals. The experts at Living Designs Furniture are here to discuss the different types of sectionals so that you can make the best decision for your needs, and get a sectional that you will love for years to come.

What are the different types of sectionals?

There are a few types of sectional sofas that all serve different aesthetic and functional purposes. Our designer furniture collections feature different types of sectionals that are fully customizable so that you can have exactly what you want. Let’s see which type of sectional would suit you best!

Chaise sectional

There is a misconception that all sectionals are large pieces, but with a chaise sectional, size is not an issue! Also known as a sofa chaise, a chaise sectional may be exactly what you need if you require a smaller living room sectional for an apartment or a more compact space. 

The sofa section is about the same size as a regular couch and provides supportive seating for you and your guests, while the chaise section adds a lovely lounging area that won’t take up too much space, and maintains that elegant and inviting look. While most chaise sectionals come in two sections — a sofa plus a chaise — you can customize your sectional to add more seating to accommodate more guests. With Living Designs Furniture, anything is possible. 

Light gray chaise sectional.

Corner sectional 

For those who love to live large, a corner sectional may just be your perfect sofa match! Corner sectionals, which are typically the largest type of sectional, are two full sofas connected at a corner. These can be made up of multiple pieces depending on what your needs are and what can fit into your space. 

A corner sectional is a great choice for those who love to entertain guests in their homes, have large families, or enjoy having multiple surfaces to stretch out on. Perfect for large parties, having guests stay the night, or watching a movie with all your friends. No one will be left standing with a corner sectional.

With our customization capabilities, you can add on as many pieces as you need (two, three, or even five pieces!) to accommodate your seating arrangement needs. Multiple corners give you multiple ways to update and utilize your corner sectional!

White corner sectional in bright living room.

L-shaped sectional

The L-shaped sectional is likely the most popular option for living rooms today. The “L” shape comes from two distinct sections that meet together making a right angle. Because they fit snugly into corners, this type of sectional can be a great addition for those who need to utilize the corner space in their living room. 

The main difference between an L-shaped sectional and a corner sectional is that while a corner sectional may have multiple corners, an L-shaped sectional will only have one corner where the two sections meet. 

People who live in apartments or have smaller living rooms but need more seating space than a chaise sectional can rejoice in knowing that the L-shaped sectional should fit properly in any room! Our craftsmen can also customize the size of your sectional to accommodate your unique space perfectly. 

Gray L-shaped sectional with white pillows.

Back and bumper

If you love the idea of an L-shaped sectional but hate the idea of closing off a certain portion of your room, a back and bumper (or bumper-end sectional) provides versatile seating while maintaining a more “open” look. This unique design typically features a full-size sofa with an extended chaise with an open end, instead of one lined with the arm and cushions. This feature adds another seat without closing off the piece (almost like an attached ottoman) and is often a furry friend’s favorite spot!

The Montrose Back and Bumper

Performance fabric sectional 

If you truly want a sectional that will give you the best bang for your buck, let us introduce you to the performance fabric sectional! A performance fabric sectional is simply a sectional that is covered in performance upholstery fabric such as Crypton. For those who have children or pets, or are seasoned hosts, a performance fabric sectional is a must-have in your home! Why? Well, let’s look at the benefits.

Performance fabrics such as Crypton are:

  • Easy to clean
  • Stain-resistant
  • Liquid-repellent 
  • Odor-resistant 
  • Virtually indestructible
  • Highly durable 
  • Fade-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-toxic
  • Comfortable and soft to the touch
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures

Performance fabric is the best way to ensure that your sectional will be protected, comfortable, and can last for a very long time. All of the different types of sectionals we listed above can be made with performance fabric and can be customized to fit your aesthetic and lifestyle needs! If you want your sectional to look beautiful and feel luxurious forever, consider getting a performance fabric sectional from Living Designs Furniture. You’ll thank us later.

Wondering where to buy sectionals in Houston? We’ve got you!

Not that we’ve covered all of the different types of sectionals for you to choose from, it’s time to figure out which model would suit your home best! So, where do you start? Living Designs Furniture is a local furniture store that, not only has the best selection of sectionals for sale Houston has to offer, but as the manufacturer, can help you design your own sectional! That’s right — you can get exactly what you want for an incredible price! No need to settle and no need to break your budget.

If you’re ready to find or design your dream sectional, visit our showroom in Downtown Houston or book a free design consultation with an expert to discuss your sectional needs before you begin your shopping journey! We’re providing expert design advice free of charge, so be sure to take advantage of this very special offer as soon as possible!

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