Sectionals 101

L-aying the Foundation: How to Choose the Perfect L-Shaped Sofa

If you're shopping for an L-shaped sectional sofa then there are certain things you need to know. We answer all the important questions.

L-shaped sofas are one of the most popular styles in the home decor world. They offer a ton of convenience and seating. So if you need to pick the perfect L-shaped sofa for your space, we'll clue you in on everything you need to know.

Which fabric is best for an L-shaped sofa?

When it comes to choosing the right fabric for your L-shaped sofa, you've got options galore. Let's break it down.

  • Durable denim: If you're after a fabric that can handle the hustle and bustle of daily life, denim is a rugged choice that adds a touch of casual coolness.
  • Luxurious leather: For an upscale vibe, leather brings both sophistication and durability to the party. It's a classic choice that only gets better with age.
  • Cozy chenille: Soft and textured, chenille offers a warm embrace that's perfect for sinking into after a long day.
  • Versatile velvet: If you're all about luxury and comfort, velvet's plush feel and rich colors could be just the ticket.

Remember, each fabric comes with its own set of pros and cons, so consider your lifestyle, preferences, and maintenance needs before making your decision. With the right fabric, your L-shaped couch with recliner will be a cozy cornerstone of your living space.

What is the difference between an L-shaped sofa and a corner sofa?

Ready to unravel the mystery of L-shape and corner sofas? Let's dive in and demystify the differences. Hint: they're not that different after all.

The biggest difference is that an L is a type of corner sofa whereas a corner sofa can be in different shapes (picture a U shape where one of the corners is in the corner of the room):

  • L-shaped loveliness: Picture an L, and you've got the essence of an L-shape sofa. It's like having two sofas in one, forming an L in your space. One side is usually longer, creating a cozy nook for lounging or gatherings.
  • Corners with character: Now, corner sofas, also known as sectional sofas, cozy up to the corners of your room like they're giving your space a warm hug. They often come with multiple sections you can configure to fit your layout.
  • Size and flexibility: While L-shape sofas generally stick to their L form, corner sofas can be more adaptable. You can mix and match the sections to fit your room's layout like a furniture puzzle.
  • Seating vs. lounging: L-shape sofas often prioritize seating, while corner sofas can create a more lounge-friendly setup, perfect for kicking back and watching a movie.

So, whether you're team L-shape or corner, both sofa styles bring their own flair to your living space. Want to really mix things up? Curved sectionals also exist. This option brings some serious style to your space. When shopping, consider your room size, layout, and seating preferences to decide which one suits you best.

What is a right left corner sofa?

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Furniture terminology can be surprisingly tricky. So if you're shopping for an L-shaped leather couch, you'll definitely want to follow these steps to make sure you get things right. No one wants to have to return a big, oversized sofa, y'know.

  • Choose your side: The beauty here is that you can decide whether you want the longer section on your right or left side, adapting to your room's layout and your style preferences.
  • So which is right and which is left?: All sectional sofa orientations are determined as if you are LOOKING at the sofa. So if you see language like "left hand facing" then that means the chaise portion will be on the left when you are looking at ("facing") the sofa (not when you are sitting on it). We know. It's confusing as heck.
  • Room optimization: Got a corner that's been begging for some attention? A right-left corner sofa can hug that corner perfectly, making the most of your space.
  • Seating paradise: With its L-shape design, you get ample seating and a cozy spot to unwind, making it a favorite for gatherings and movie nights.

Picking the right side (or left side!) for your corner sectional couch or your L-shaped sectional couch is one of the most important decisions you need to make. And trust us, you don't want to make a mistake on this one.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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