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Shopping for a sectional online may seem a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be, according to interior decorator and author of Rental Style, Chelsey Brown. All you need to do is keep a few rules in mind.
First, Brown says you have to start with reviews. “If it has under four stars, move on,” she instructs. Next, take out some painters tape and map out the dimensions of the sectional before ordering. “Visually seeing how much space the sectional will take up will help you decide whether it’s the right size for you. Sometimes, you might end up realizing you need something smaller than you originally envisioned!” she adds.
Of course, you'll also want to make sure to choose fabric that’s easy to clean. “I love velvet or polyester as it’s easy-maintenance fabric and always adds a chic look to any space.” And, finally, never choose a sofa in the same fabric and style as your side chair (AKA, matching furniture sets). “Creating dimension through different fabrics and colors is so important in a space. Matching furniture sets should be left in the 90s,” she concludes. To make the whole process easier for you, we've done all the research for you.
Here, the best sectional sofas on the market.
Best Overall: Article Sven Charme Sectional
Direct-to-consumer brand Article is one of the interior design world's darlings and with high-end furnishings at affordable prices, it's not hard to see why. We love everything about this lavish-looking seating arrangement which is available in full-aniline leather, velvet, or fabric upholstery.
The Sven features overstuffed cushions and a beautifully tufted leather bench seat, making it not only aesthetically pleasing but also super cozy. It also includes matching bolsters and can be paired with a matching chair or chaise to finish off your living room.
Best Modern: The Inside Modern Sectional
If you're looking for a custom-upholstered sectional that looks like it was masterminded by an interior designer that's way, way out of your price range, then stop what you're doing and check out The Inside's Modern Sectional.
Whether you're craving a modern yet neutral sectional or are dying for something truly unique—maybe Scalamandre zebras, cheetahs, or chintz?—it can be yours for much less than you'd think. Like all of The Inside's furniture, this sectional is handmade in America and built to last. Plus, with more than 120 fabrics to choose from, as well as three metallic leg finishes (chrome, brass, and bronze), you won't find the same couch in any of your friends' homes.
Best Three-Piece: West Elm Andes 3-Piece Chaise Sectional
West Elm's Andes 3-Piece Chaise Sectional is the real deal. The sleek and chic option features a modern design, extra-deep seat, and crisp tailoring, giving it a sophisticated feeling. We're particularly enthralled with its cast metal legs—which come in blackened brass or dark pewter.
If your space has any weird angles or limitations, you'll also appreciate the fact that the Andes is customizable. You can choose the sofa's width, depth, configuration (which side the ottoman is placed on), and fabric. We find the mineral grey velvet particularly crush-worthy, but there are also stunning hues in chunky basketweave, twill, boucle, linen, chenille, and tweed.
Best Leather: Stone & Beam Andover Sectional
We're obsessed with pretty much every piece in Amazon brand Stone & Beam’s collection, which features higher-end industrial-meets-farmhouse furnishings. This gorgeous sectional is upholstered in buttery, rich-looking leather and comes in three handsome hues: charcoal, driftwood, and saddle.
The Andover Sectional is available in a variety of configurations, too, so you can choose the chaise/ottoman/L or U shape that best fits your space. Did we mention it looks much more expensive than it actually costs? It’s a no-brainer in our opinion.
Best Budget: Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Reversible Sectional
Rivet is another upscale furniture brand courtesy of Amazon, and it's ideal for anyone craving a little mid-century modern in their life. This minimalist-looking upholstered sectional features slender hardwood legs and is a steal.
The Revolve is available in a bunch of color options, including natural linen and a stunning heritage green. You can also complete your living room by adding a matching chair to the mix. Or, you can follow Brown’s cue and opt for something a little more mix-and-match.
Best Customizable: Allform Four-Seat Corner Sectional
Another smart-looking sectional for mid-century modern homes, Allform’s Four-Seater is sure to be the focal point of your living room the second it's dropped off. The sectional is available in seven fabrics and two leathers, and you can choose between different leg options. To complete the package you can even order additional throw pillows for a nominal cost.
Made in America like the company’s entire line, the Four-Seat Corner Sectional also features Allform's unique patent-pending latching system and shelf mechanism, which makes it super easy to put together (sans tools, nonetheless) and and ultra durable.
Most Comfortable: Anthropologie Saguaro Sectional
The Saguaro is basically the most universally chic sectional we've ever seen. Featuring down-filled cushions that slope over its arms with ease, it's perfectly versatile in every aspect of the word.
It looks sophisticated, polished, and designed to impress, but with its low back and deep seat, it is one of those sofas you can just sink into. Whether your aesthetic is eclectic, romantic, beachy, or traditional, this seating arrangement is the perfect centerpiece.
Best Minimalist: Benchmade Modern Skinny Fat Sectional
If you're looking for something a little more modern but still super comfortable (because let’s be honest, a lot of contemporary designs compromise on comfort!) Benchmade Modern’s Skinny Fat collection is worth investing in.
This sleek, minimalist sectional features a structured modern frame topped with cozy Trillium-wrapped cushions. In addition to upholstery, you even get to choose your desired depth, size, configuration, and leg color, so basically your seating arrangement ends up being totally custom.
In case you aren’t exactly sure what depth or height is right for you, Philadelphia-based interior designer Anita Householder, of House Edits, has some tips that can save you lots of frustration. “So many people place televisions over fireplaces. If the sofa isn’t deep and doesn’t have the neck support, it’s not super comfy to have your head craned all the way back with no head support,” she explains. However, if you don’t plan to Netflix binge from your sofa, you can look for something more shallow. “No one wants to be sitting, dressed up, having cocktails with company with their feet dangling! It’s not a good look!” she points out.
Best Chesterfield: Restoration Hardware Italia Chesterfield Sofa Chaise Sectional
What do you get when you take a classic Chesterfield silhouette and give it a modern makeover? Well, Restoration Hardware's Italia Chaise Sectional, of course. Every piece of the stunning sofa is handcrafted right in the U.S.—from the hardwood joinery and oak base to the tufting on the back and inner arms.
The opulent Italia is sold in pieces so you can specify which side you'd like the chaise on. As far as customization goes, you can also choose your preferred depth, length, fill (standard or down feather), finish, fabric, and color. We have eyes for the fog vintage velvet, but you can also go with linen, boucle, basket weave, or leather and in shades both neutral and richly saturated.
Best Traditional: Jameson 94-Inch Upholstered Symmetrical Sectional
If an ultra traditional sectional with clean lines and crisp cotton upholstery is what you're after, the Jameson is your guy. With its neutral palette and traditional L shape, the sofa is capable of anchoring any living space while providing the utmost comfort for your family with its plush down-filled cushions.
While the Jameson is available in a bunch of different upholstery options and colors, we do have to give a nod to the bleach white option which would be the perfect finishing touch in a country home or beach house.
Best Shipping: Burrow Nomad Five-Seat Corner Sectional
Direct-to-consumer brand Burrow recently expanded their trademark Nomad collection by adding a truly modular sectional. The coolest thing about it? You can arrange it however you like. If you're a renter and tend to move around a lot, this means you don’t have to worry about it not looking right in your next space.
The Nomad Five-Seat Corner Sectional conveniently ship right to your doorstep and can be assembled quickly and easily. Another added bonus? It includes a USB charger and power cord, so you can charge your electronics without compromising your living room's aesthetic.
Best Sleeper: Joybird Briar Sleeper Sectional
No guest room, no problem! This sumptuous sectional—from direct-to-consumer furniture brand Joybird—doubles as a cozy bed, so you'll always have a space for visitors. While sleeper sofas often aren't lauded for their comfort, reviewers vouch for the Briar's "absurdly comfy" cushioning.
An elegant but understated mid-century heirloom piece, the Briar is versatile enough to work with most aesthetics including urban modern, transitional, bohemian, and even shabby chic. It is also available in over 50 upholstery options from cobalt velvet to a subtle slate herringbone.
Best Pit: Arhaus Coburn Six-Piece Pit Sectional
Arhaus' Coburn Six-Piece Pit Sectional was made for Netflix binges—you just can't convince us otherwise. If you're looking to add a lived-in, lounge-worthy sofa to home, this is seriously it.
The soft (we're talking visually and tactiley), oversized design is further accentuated with plush, down-filled pillows and the whole thing is upholstered in durable stonewashed denim. Since the sofa is modular, you can customize it to your space and liking, too. Divvy it up into smaller sections when you have guests over or push it all together into a pit—piling it high with throws—when you're ready for a movie night.
Best U-Shaped: Pottery Barn Big Sur Square Arm Upholstered U-Shaped Chaise Sectional
If your family (or friend group) has to take turns deciding who gets the couch and who gets the floor, maybe it's time for an upgrade. This extra-large U-shaped sofa from Pottery Barn offers seating for roughly six adults—so there's never an odd man out. The Big Sur Sectional is available in a variety of sizes, too, from 146 to 178 inches in length, so you can fit even more if you need.
Like any good sofa, the design is available in a dizzying array of fabrics (performance and classic) and colors from textured ivory slub cotton and sumptuous navy velvet to heathered indigo tweed and Sunbrella charcoal herringbone. If you're getting ready for a move or renovation, just keep in mind that since the sofa is made-to-order, it can take six or more weeks to ship.
Best Slipcover: Stone & Beam Andover Slipcover Sectional
This timeless, upholstered sectional from Stone & Beam might just be the sofa we've been searching for our entire adulthood. With a solid wood frame and down blend-filled cushions (which are reversible for extended use), it's sturdy, cozy, and built to accommodate your entire family or friend group.
The Andover Slip Cover Sectional is available in several neutral shades including cream, linen, dove, and stone. And if one thing's certain, it's that this sectional will never go out of style.