The Types of Sectional Sofas That You Need to Know in 2020

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There are many kinds of sectional sofas you can find in the market and just simply too many choices for you to choose from. Since there are so many types, we will break them down for your better understanding.

The Shapes

First and foremost, the distinguishable shapes of each sectional sofa are what set them apart.

Curved Sectional Sofas

Curved sectional sofas are one of the most common ones you can find on the market. As the name suggests, the shape of the sectional sofa is curved.

Curved sectional sofas usually look very elegant and stands out among its peers for its looks. It is commonly found in bars, cafes, or some swanky eateries. It’s not saying that you will less likely find those in homes. They are more commonly found in social places like eateries and cafes.

Curved sectional sofas are said to be a great way to maximize sitting spaces. It does not get anyone in your social circle stuck in an uncomfortable corner seat. You and your friends will be able to talk easily when they are on a curved sectional sofa. No one will feel left out that way.

L-Shaped Sectional Sofas

L-shaped sectional sofas look like the letter “L”, hence the name. They are perfect for people who have smaller living room spaces and are looking to optimize their seating choices. A L-shaped sectional sofa can help with space in a way that owners don’t have to worry about cluttering the room or breaking up space they have.

As these sofas come with a standard chaise as part of the piece, it’s easy for visitors and guests to relax. It didn’t matter how they sit or recline, they’d feel at ease when they sit or recline on it.

U-Shaped Sectional Sofas

U-shaped sectional sofas look a lot like curved sectional sofas, except they look a lot more angular. Although it is not as rounded as a curved sectional sofa, it gives even more space than the L-shaped sectional.

The U-shaped sectional sofa is usually a very good choice for a family who has a fairly large living room. U-shaped sectionals tend to be bulkier than their other counterparts anyway.

Material and Upholstery

The material and upholstery are perhaps the other most talkable point of sectional sofas.


Perhaps this is one of the most common material used in sectional sofas. It usually can last a very long time and won’t fade or stain easily. Not forgetting to mention, it is easy to clean. You don’t have to worry about the sun bleaching out the fabric. So if you plan to put it in front of the ceiling-length windows.

The downside to having polyester sectional sofas? Cleaning out the grease stains from the fabric is difficult. You will have to be careful not to spill any greasy fried foods while sitting on it.


Leather is also another common material found in sectional sofa upholsteries. Real leathers are usually more expensive. Most of the leather sectionals you find in home stores are usually faux leathers or pleathers.

Faux leathers and pleathers are often cheaper and more affordable for a lot of people. Especially pleathers as it’s a mix of plastic and leather.

Leather is considered one of the easiest material to clean. All you need to do is to give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to keep the dirt and dust away.

Just make sure you don’t subject it to extreme heat, stress, and force when you sit on the leather sectional sofa. Any extreme heat, stress, and force will break the leather. It can be costly to repair the damages later.

The downside to leather material? That it heats up pretty fast when you sit or lie on it for too long. It’s not meant for hotter climate regions. If you have one and you live in a hotter climate region, then keep it in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Although real and high-grade leather is less likely to bleach or damage from direct sunlight.


Microfiber is another very common fabric found in sectional sofas. It’s considered one of the most comfortable fabrics that is used on sofas today.

People like it because it is stain resistant and durable. As long as you quickly clean any food and liquid spills on it, there is a good chance to prevent staining. If you clean the spills quickly, it is less likely to leave a mark on it.


Velvet is also another very common material found on modern sofas. It gives your sectional sofa a luxurious feel and look to it. When it is placed in your living room, it will look as though you live a life full of luxury.

The downside to velvet is that it traps heat pretty fast. Keep it in a cool room so you won’t sweat too profusely when you sit on it.


There are just so many types of sectional sofas you can find in the market. Each has slightly different use than the other, but the end user might remain the same. Sectional sofas can be used in different ways, but ultimately, it is made for mini social events.

About the Author Jessica Larsen

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