Sectional sofas can save space and money, too
March 18, 2015 - accent chair
Decorating a vital room comes with one roughly concept question: sectional or sofa? Sectionals are a apparent space-saver and offer some-more coherence with blueprint than a normal setup of a lounge and dual chair. They’re a some-more spare option, too, if we occupy a proof that one square of chair is substantially cheaper than three. So since do so many of us default to a sofa?
It’s probable we’re daunted by a innumerable pattern options that come with picking out sectionals, or bugged by a suspicion that some detrimental guest won’t have a behind cushion. Or maybe it’s pristine laziness: Squaring off a lounge and dual chairs is easier than stealing creative, after all.
But designers are discerning to sing a sectional’s praises. “Whatever your hesitations are, get over them,” says Liz Levin, a engineer whose firm, Liz Levin Interiors, is formed in Bethesda. “Especially if you’re in a tiny space, it’s substantially accurately a resolution you’re looking for.”
Arlington engineer Nicole Lanteri agrees. “The biggest myth is that all sectionals are big,” she said, “but if we magnitude a footprint and cruise about your layout, they indeed give we some-more shake room.”
The complicated sectional, that has a low, boxy frame, modular pattern and neat silhouette, became renouned in a 1950s during a mid-century complicated transformation and was popularized by Charles and Ray Eames. Although it positively shabby character trends, it had an even larger impact on normal chair layouts.
While it’s left by a share of trends over a years (remember those marshmallow-looking sofas from a ’80s?) it’s still a go-to tip arms among designers who wish to do some-more with less. Levin says sectionals are quite accessible for clients in tiny spaces who like to entertain. A lounge and dual chairs can make a room feel cluttered and sealed off, though a sectional lets a room breathe. The key, she said, is to make certain during slightest once square of a sectional is backless.
“I roughly never use sectionals in that each square has a behind since it starts to feel like residence arrest,” she said. “Keep a upsurge open.”
When Lanteri changed into her condo in Arlington, she wanted a sectional that offering some coherence with layout. She bought a Lotus sectional from CB2 ($499-$799 per piece, www.cb2.com); she puts a 3 pieces together into a wrap-around when she has association and manages to chair 8 to 10 people on it. At other times, she breaks it adult into a lounge and dual chairs.
These days, many mainstream retailers such as Room Board and Pottery Barn offer sectionals that can be entirely customized, from a fabric to a feet.
“People get sleepy of vital in condos since they feel like they wish some-more space,” she said, “but if we buy chair that works with you, that we can adjust to fit opposite occasions, like film nights or parties, we can do a lot some-more with a tiny space.”
Once you’ve motionless to take a thrust and emporium for a sectional, we need to establish how many room we have to work with. Because sectionals don’t need so many respirating room, we substantially have some-more space to work with than we think.
“Modern sectionals tend to have clean, neat lines,” Levin says, “and we can pull them right adult opposite a wall since a chaise customarily sticks out and gives a blueprint some variation.”
As a ubiquitous guideline, Levin recommends selecting an eight- or nine-foot lounge with a 60-to-72-inch chaise. Anything smaller, she said, can feel close and impede your contingency of wise a unsentimental coffee table. For really tiny spaces, Lanteri, 36, recommends sectionals that are about 36 to 40 inches deep. Target’s Zuo Axiom sectional in Ash Gray ($1,399, www.target.com) is slight though ostensible worried and stiff.
Sectionals with fold-out lounge beds can come in accessible for guest though mostly have trimming during a base. If a additional bed is some-more of a preference than a necessity, cruise a somewhat wider sectional that can double as a bed when needed. Joybird’s Eliot sectional ($2,999, www.joybird.com), is simply crash-worthy though has neat mid-century complicated lines and button-tufted cushions for a sip of style.
The many renouned sectional pattern for tiny bedrooms is a two-piece L-shaped sofa, that consists of a left- or right-facing arm on one finish and a chaise on a other. Some retailers, such as West Elm, offer a character of lounge with a choice to buy a pieces together or separately. But be certain to break a few numbers and blueprint out opposite arrangements. In some cases, shopping a pre-arranged sectional is cheaper than grouping apart pieces, though we might wish a leisure to harmonise a sectional accurately as we like. Most companies, such as West Elm, keep it simple: The brand’s two-piece Crosby Sectional in Pebble Weave consists of a chaise and lounge that, together or separately, will cost $2,298 to $2,498, depending on a color.
If that opens adult some room in your budget, buy a span of colorful chuck pillows to toss on top. Says Levin: “You’ve already decluttered a space by stealing a few pieces of furniture, so go forward and piquancy things up.”
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Buerger is a freelance writer.