I work with a lot of clients who have recently purchased a sectional sofa, only to discover that it either doesn't fit in the space or it severely limits the arrangement options. Fortunately, I also work with clients who are still trying to decide whether to get a sectional or not.
Who doesn't love the idea of a cozy sectional? They're dreamy, in concept. And in the right space, they can be the perfect seating solution. But too often people see the sectional in a store (the very large store) and don't properly size out the sofa at home to see if it will really fit.
If you're considering a sectional, make sure to use painter's tape to sketch out the dimensions of the sofa on the floor to be CERTAIN that there is enough room around the sofa. When you're outlining the size of the sofa, it's also important to do so in the precise location of where it will go in the room so you have a sense of space between the sofa and the other fixed objects in the room (e.g. fireplace, windows). And also make sure that the room can accommodate the sofa AND the other things you want to have in the room (e.g. media furniture, lamps, end tables, etc.).
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-Kyle Freeman, Interior ReDesigner and Professional Organizer