The Shelter Collection

Shelter Collection

Take one look at the Shelter Collection and you’ll immediately notice from the furniture pieces that they take on qualities that almost classify them as a cross between modern and contemporary styles. The seating furniture in this collection features the sleek profile and clean lines that are typical of modern upholstered seating while also having the unmistakable frame and homey look that are common among modern living room seating. With this distinctive design features, the Shelter Collection is your go-to upholstered furniture if you want a blend of modern and contemporary styles as centerpieces in your living space. Another fine exclusive from us at west elm, our Shelter Collection pieces give you the same build quality, innovative design and exceptional craftsmanship as our other offerings.


As with any living room seating, size is among the most important considerations for you when purchasing these furniture pieces. In this regard, love seats and sofas are your best bet if you have a small or average-sized living room floor area. A love seat seats two people comfortably and the Shelter Collection piece has a width of 72 inches, making it ideal for smaller living spaces or for other rooms in your home such as your study or bedroom. The sofas in this collection are slightly larger in size with widths ranging from 84 to 92 inches. Should the sofa still look small in relation to your living room floor area, you can always pair it with other seating pieces, such as chairs, ottomans and chaises for your seating to take up more floor space.


Sectionals are a better option for large living rooms or if you have an open floor area. This type of seating can both serve as an anchor for the living room and as a divider that separates your living space from the dining room or the kitchen. This is not to say that you can’t enjoy a sectional if you have a small living room. Smaller sectionals, such as two-piece types, are only slightly larger than the wider sofas, which means that it can fit into most living spaces of average size. This also means that even with limited space, you can still enjoy its roomy seating, lounging and for entertaining friends and family. Note that since the Shelter Collection pieces have a sleeker design if you compare it to other contemporary seating, its pieces will make your living room appear roomier.


When purchasing sectionals, it is wise to be aware of the simple terminologies related to this piece of furniture because it will become important as you plan your living room layout. Our sectionals come in two primary labels — left-arm and right arm facing — and these terms refer to the location of the arm when you are facing it. Sectionals also come in three configurations and these are L-shaped, U-shaped and symmetrical. Since this furniture takes quite a bit of space, uneven flooring can become an issue. However, the Shelter Collection, as well as our other living room furniture offerings come with adjustable floor levelers to ensure that they remain stable and stand evenly in case of uneven flooring.


Before you purchase a Shelter Collection piece that you have already set your heart on, it is still best to take measurements of the area where the piece will go. Factor in the open space around the seating that you require. Compare these measurements with the dimensions of the Shelter Collection piece to ensure that you have enough space for it. Although style is also an important consideration when it comes to living room seating, the Shelter Collection design makes it versatile enough to work well along with your existing modern or contemporary decor. There are more than 60 different upholstery fabric choices for this collection, which makes it easier to make the seating furniture complement your existing living room color palette.

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