Sectionals are something I don’t often specify.
They tend to pigeonhole you into one furniture layout and, once the time comes to move out into a new place, set limitations on how they can be reused in the new environment.
We have a lot of people in The Woodlands area that move often.
People relocate here from other areas then move away. This is also a fairly affluent area of Houston and people are always moving up to bigger and better homes. I can’t tell you how many people swear they are doing their “forever” house and then end up moving again in the next year or so.
This is why most people around here like a little more flexibility in their homes than a sectional can bring.
When you put a sectional in a space, and one leg of it sticks out into a room, it can kind of cut a space in half. Or, if it floats in the space, it sort of builds a short wall in the room, thereby dividing up the space.
Not only that but -- imo -- sectionals have a very distinct “loungey” kind of vibe.
When I see one in a room it reminds me of families lounging around watching tv together. And, while they are great for that, most of the time they are a bit uninviting for guests you don’t know that well. It’s sort of feels like you’re coming in to sit on someone’s bed - at least that’s how they make me feel. If I was visiting a home with a sectional I’d be looking for the chair in the room to take a seat.
However, that "loungey" type vibe a sectional sets off works wonderfully when...
.....used in an upstairs family room, a media room, or a game room.
They are perfect for that inside corner that offers just the right angle for tv watching.
I currently have a client who wants one for their home office/playroom/guest bedroom - yes, the space is doing triple duty, and it works perfectly in there! Guests will use it as a pull out sofa bed and it is, in fact, situated just across from the tv for a comfy lounge space for the entire family!
Below - Image #1: The floor plan | Image #2: The elevation
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I think they are well suited in a corner with the back up against the wall on both sides in a neutral, light color, along with all kinds of big, crazy pillows in different patterns and colors, just like the sectional seen to the right that was done by Martyn Lawrence Bullard in Ellen Pompeo’s home that was published in Elle Decor several years ago:
I’ve always loved that look and he did it so well.
Let’s see some more gorgeous examples of sectionals done in a corner, or up against the walls, to inspire some cozy family time in your home!