Build Your Own Sectional

An easy way to lay out your living space exactly how you want it, sectionals give you the freedom to mix and match different but similar pieces of furniture, creating an L-shape, a square or simply an elongated sofa. Often, sectionals come complete with a chaise piece, giving you the room to stretch out after a long day, adding to your comfort level. At west elm, we offer you the flexibility and versatility to build your own sectional, so you are truly able to customize your living area to suit your needs.


First, you may like to decide on the color and fabric of your sectional. With so many choices, you may opt for everything from tweed to worn velvet, or microfiber if that’s a better choice for you and your family. Color options are vast and vary with each piece. Generally speaking, you can choose from neutrals, grays, blues and whites, with some other color adaptations, giving you the ability to complement existing decor as well as furniture.


After you’ve settled on some color and fabric choices, it’s now time to choose the pieces that will make up your sectional. Every sectional is different, but most afford you the option to choose a right or left chaise piece, a right or left sofa piece, a corner piece and an ottoman. It may be a good idea to draw up some light sketches prior to choosing pieces, so you can get an idea of what your layout may look like when you’re finished. You could even make a complete wraparound sectional by choosing every piece available, meaning you’d have both a right and left chaise piece as well as a right and left sofa piece. Alternatively, you can make your sectional small and cozy by simply choosing one chaise piece, a sofa piece and an ottoman. There simply is an incredible amount of choices, so pick the one that fits best in your living area. Some sectionals may offer a recliner or chair piece as well, allowing you an even larger seating capacity.


When building your sectional, pay attention to pieces that are considered “extra deep,” These pieces give you a deeper amount of seating room, so in other words, their depth is longer than a standard sofa or sectional. This gives you extra room for seating during the big game, space to cuddle up during a movie or simply extra breathing room so you feel comfortable.

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