Chaise Sectional in a Living Room

Considering buying a sectional? This sectional sofa guide covers everything you need to know about how to choose a sectional for your living room.

What is a Sectional Sofa?

Sectional couches or sofas are sofas that are composed of two or more pieces that come together to form a single unit. Most sectional sofas range from 2 pieces to as many as 6 pieces, and they can either be fixed, meaning they fit together in only one configuration, or modular, which means they can be combined together in a number of different ways. Generally speaking, the more pieces, the more expensive the sectional will be, though reclining features and certain upholsteries can also increase the price.

Left Facing Sectional Meaning

Left Facing Sectional Sofa

Different sectional sofa pieces are typically described as either left facing or right facing, depending on their orientation. To determine whether a chaise lounge is left or right facing, stand facing the lounge. If the sofa arm is on the left, you’re looking at a left facing chaise sectional piece.

Right Facing Sectional Meaning

Right Facing Sectional Sofa

To determine whether a sectional sofa piece is left facing or right facing, stand facing the piece in question. If the sofa arm is on the right side, you’re looking at a right facing sectional piece. In modular sectionals, some pieces of sofa might not have arms and would not be described as either left or right facing.

Sectional Vs. Sofa: Why Choose a Sectional?

Choosing between a traditional sofa and a sectional? Here are the benefits of choosing a sectional sofa when decorating your living room.

Extra Seating

Most sectional sofas provide more seating than a regular sofa. While smaller sectionals might have the same amount of seating as a large sofa, they often have chaise lounges or other flourishes that provide more versatility and comfort. Large sectionals are great for entertaining guests, as they’re naturally arranged in a way where people can easily converse from different parts of the sofa.

More Versatility

While many people assume that sectional sofas are only for decorating large living rooms, they’re actually more versatile than you might think. If you’re decorating a small living room or study, try placing the sectional sofa in the corner to maximize space.

A Dash of Style

Especially if you’re dealing with an open floor plan, sectional sofas can help create a distinct room within a room. Not only do they help break up the room, but they also offer a unique style all their own.

Popular Sectional Shapes & Types

Sectionals come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles, which means there’s a sectional sofa out there for everyone. Here are some of the most popular sectional shapes and designs.

L-Shaped Sectionals

White Casual L-Shaped Sectional Sofa

(Pictured Above: Trisha Yearwood Atlanta 2-Piece Sectional Sofa)

L-shaped sectionals are perhaps the most popular sectional shape. As their name suggests, L-shaped sectionals form two lines that come together at a right angle, with one end extending longer than the other end.

Chaise Sectionals

Black Leather Chaise Sectional

(Pictured Above: Dino Leather Sofa Chaise Sectional)

Like L-shaped sectionals, chaise sectionals also form an L shape, though rather than having two pieces that form a right angle, the chaise lounge is attached to one side of the sectional. In modular sofas, chaise pieces can be added to other sectional pieces to create a wide range of shapes.

Curved Sectionals

Modern Curved Sectional Sofa

(Pictured Above: Greta 2-Piece Curved Sectional)

Curved sectionals take advantage of curved lines, creating a sectional that’s rounded, rather than having sharp corners. They’re especially great for entertaining, as everyone can have their own space while still being positioned perfectly for conversation. While curved sectionals look unique and stylish, they’re not great for small spaces, as the curved back prevents you from pushing it against the wall.

U-Shaped Sectionals

U-Shaped Sectional Sofa

(Pictured Above: Gotham 3-Piece U-Shaped Sectional)

If you’re looking for a large sectional to fit a big room, a U-shaped sectional might be right for you. As the name implies, U-shaped sectionals extend outward on both sides, which makes them great for entertaining, as the U-shape naturally accommodates conversation for people on either side of the couch. Many u-shaped sectionals feature a large ottoman in the middle so people can put their feet up.

Symmetrical Sectionals

Beige Godfrey Symmetrical Sectional Couch

(Pictured Above: Godfrey 3-Piece Symmetrical Sectional)

Like L-shaped sectionals, symmetrical sectionals have two pieces that meet to form a right angle. Unlike L-shaped sectionals, symmetrical sectionals are the same length in either direction. Because of this, they offer a bit more seating space than traditional L-shaped sectionals, while still providing the same multifunctionality that makes sectionals so appealing in the first place.

Sleeper Sectionals

Sleeper Sectional

(Pictured Above: Selena 2-Piece Sleeper Sectional)

Whether you’re looking to furnish a living room or a home office guest room combo, a sleeper sectional combines all of the seating options of a sectional with the comfortable sleeping options of a sleeper sofa. Sleeper sectionals can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, making them a great option for people who want to take advantage of the dual purpose of the sleeper sectional.

Reclining Sectionals

Reclining Leather Sofa

(Pictured Above: Cooper Leather 6-Piece Leather Reclining Sectional)

Reclining sectionals are sectionals that feature one or more seats that recline. In general, reclining sofas tend to be larger in size, though they come in a wide range of styles. Because of their large size and reclining functionality, reclining sectionals are great for family rooms and home theaters, and many reclining power sectionals include tray tables, cup holders, built-in storage consoles, and even USB charging ports.

Modular Sectionals

Modular Sectional Sofa

(Pictured Above: Shearson 4-Piece Modular Sectional Sofa)

Modular sectionals are sectionals that come with multiple types of individual pieces, which you can mix and match into a wide range of configurations. If you’re furnishing an oddly shaped room, modular sectionals can be great, because you don’t necessarily need to arrange them into one solid entity. Instead, you can use different sections as stand-alone pieces. You can even easily rearrange the sectional pieces when entertaining guests for more versatility.

How to Choose a Sectional?

Wondering how to choose a sectional that fits your lifestyle, interior design style, and room dimensions? Here’s how to get started.

Consider your Budget

When choosing a sectional, it’s important to look for affordable sectionals in your specific price range. Remember, there are certain factors that will almost certainly add to the price. Power reclining sectionals, for example, will likely have a higher price tag than stationary sectionals of the same size. Material will also make a difference, as will the size. In general, the more pieces included in a sectional sofa, the more expensive it will be.

That said, if a sectional sofa will replace other seating in the house, make sure to factor that into your decision. A large sectional sofa, for example, might alleviate the need for a loveseat, so make sure to take that into account when figuring out your specific sectional budget. At Star Furniture, we have a huge collection of affordable sectionals for every price range, and you can easily sort our sectional inventory by price range so you aren’t tempted to overspend.

Consider the Size & Shape of the Room

Unfortunately, it’s not just about the most affordable couch that looks the best and fits your lifestyle. You also have to consider the size and shape of the room the sectional will go in. Before you purchase a sectional, make sure you’ve measured the room and compared it to the dimensions of the sofa. You can even use our free room planner tool to see how different sectionals would look in a room of your size and shape. Wondering what size sectional for your room? Follow these general rules:

Pay Attention to Spacing

Your sectional sofa should not occupy the entire length of the wall and there should be at least 18 inches of space on either side of the sectional. This will help with traffic flow and will keep the room from feeling overstuffed.

Be Thoughtful with Chaise Placement

If your sectional sofa features a chaise lounge, you’ll want to consider putting the chaise on the side with the least amount of traffic to prevent yourself from having to constantly walk around it. You also don’t want the chaise to extend out more than halfway across the room.

Don’t Block Architectural Features

When considering different ways to arrange a sectional, make sure to avoid blocking architectural features like fireplaces, windows, or built-in shelving. Not only will placing the sectional in front of the features block them from view, but it can also make it impossible to start a fire or easily access the items on your shelves.

Consider the Function

If you’re familiar with the interior design rule “function over form,” you know that one of the most important aspects of a piece of furniture is how you plan to use it. Think about the room your sectional couch will occupy. What is that room most often used for? If you like to frequently entertain guests, for example, you’ll want to choose a sectional with extra seating. If you like to sprawl out while watching Netflix, you might want to consider a sectional with a chaise lounge. During this step, it’s important to think about how you will actually use the room, not how you hope you’ll use the room.

Consider Furniture Scale

When choosing a sectional, it’s important to consider furniture scale. In design, furniture scale refers to the width, height, and length of your furniture. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want all of the furniture in the room to be proportional to one another. If, for example, you have a small, modern loveseat and coffee table, you might not want to choose a huge, overstuffed sectional. You should also consider the height of your sectional.

The scale of your furniture is often determined by the interior design style you’ve chosen to decorate your home, but it can also be determined by the size and shape of the room. If you have tall ceilings, for example, a low profile sectional may look insignificant in the room.

Consider Your Interior Design Style

Another important factor when choosing a sectional is the interior design style of your décor. While a traditional style sectional might have a larger scale with a more ornate silhouette, a modern sectional will likely feature a minimalist silhouette and low profile. While many sectional couches fall into a more neutral, transitional furniture style, you will want to consider interior design style when choosing your sectional.

Different Ways to Arrange a Sectional

Looking for living room layout ideas for sectional sofas? These ideas for different ways to arrange a sectional might help.

Remove Competing Furniture

Sectionals are often larger than other types of sofas, so if you’re planning to put a sectional in your living room, you’ll want to try to simplify the rest of the furniture in the room. You might, for example, get rid of some of the end tables and floor lamps in the room so it doesn’t feel cramped, opting instead for a large coffee table or ottoman and overhead lighting.

Take Advantage of Walls

While floating furniture is often best practice when decorating a living room, with a sectional, you might be better off utilizing at least one wall. If you have an open floor plan, try having one side of your sectional against the wall. If you’re decorating a small living room, you might even want to put the corner of the sectional against the corner of the room, with the sectional pushing up against two walls for maximum traffic flow.

Consider Focal Points

Many living room layouts center around one or more focal points. While the focal point can be anything from a fireplace or a television to an accent wall or a picture window, one living room layout tip is to make sure the sectional sofa honors the rooms focal point. If, for example, the focal point is the television, the sectional should go wherever the most people would be able to see the television screen.

Need more living room inspiration? Check out our extensive collection of living room furniture including sofas, sectionals, recliners, coffee tables, cocktail ottomans, and everything else you need to create the home of your dreams. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog where we cover everything from how to decorate a long, narrow living room to how to clean different couch upholsteries.

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Entryway Table with Lamps and Painting

No matter how you slice it, the entryway is typically the first space guests see upon entering your home, so you want to make sure you establish a great first impression. The look and feel of your foyer set up the overall decorating style and dynamic theme of your entire home, so that first bit of “WOW” factor is extremely important.

Take your foyer to the next level with these mix and match entryway decorating ideas.

A Welcome Bench Provides a “Home” Feeling

For most homes, the entryway provides a small microcosm of interior decorating that allows your home to pop. Since the entryway is the first interaction you and guests have with your house, we recommend a stylish bench that is both welcoming and utilitarian in nature. Whether it’s wrought iron, solid wood, built into the wall, or even a couple of chairs, this simple entryway idea allows residents and guests alike to sit down comfortably, take off or put on their shoes, and really take in the rest of the home.

Benches and chairs can be accented with other “unpacking” accoutrement like matching wall hooks for coats and hats, a coat rack for all manner of jackets and coats, and accent tables or console tables for extra entryway storage.

The Importance of Accent Rugs

Let’s be honest, the last thing you want is dirt and other outside debris mucking up your nice floors or carpet. Accent rugs are crucial as they have the ability to tie the entryway more completely with the rest of the house. With this in mind, we recommend finding an accent rug texture, pattern, or design that best complements your bench or chair, but also visually speaks to the rest of your home’s interior design. Rugs are wildly different from one another so selecting multiple rug designs to see what works best is a suggestion and depending on the season, rugs are easily changeable and adaptable to your decor.

A Mirror for Every Occasion

Oftentimes, the entryway is the last place we stop before leaving our house. Knowing that, adding a wall mirror to your entryway is a smart tactic that is both eye-catching as well as practical. Like the accent rug, we recommend matching your mirror’s shape and style with the trends you’ve outlined with the rest of your entryway’s design. Find the best mirror that fits your space, whether that’s a big square wall mirror, a long and full-size standing mirror, or even a collection of small mirrors for that disjointed but orderly look. Alongside making sure you look good before leaving the house, a mirror’s reflective nature will open up the entryway with an illusion of expansiveness. Big or small, mirrors are one of our favorite entryway furniture ideas.

Find What Fits

Finding the right pieces of furniture as well as how to arrange them in your space is an important step when creating a first impression. Need help finding the right accent furniture for your space? Let us help! You can also shop Star Furniture to discover other design ideas for your dining room, home office, and living room. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog, where we cover everything from the hottest home décor trends for 2020 to what to do with a dining room you don’t use.

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Just because you have mobility issues doesn’t mean you can’t sit in comfort and style. Star Furniture offers a handful of practical and stylish power lift recliners designed with the lounger in mind. In today’s blog, we explain what a lift chair is and suggest some of the best lift chairs for sale at Star Furniture.

What is a Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a chair that features a powered lifting mechanism to help the user move from the sitting to standing position by slowly tilting the base and back of the chair forward. Lift chair recliners have both the lift function and the ability to recline.

Pinnacle Lift Recliner with Heat & Massage

Brown Lift Chair Recliner

Our top-of-the-line lift recliner from Pinnacle offers an added heat and massage option for those looking for extra comfort and luxury. The seat and back have individual heating levels so that you can use one at a time or both together.

Alongside the natural reclining functionality, the Pinnacle also includes separate back and footrest reclining adjustments. With the added side pocket and “zero gravity” lift options, you’re sure to find one of the best seats in your house with the Pinnacle Lift Recliner with Heat & Massage.

Evan Lift Recliner with Heat & Massage

Gray Power Lift Recliner

If you’re looking for a power lift recliner with heat and massage but want a chair in a more affordable price range for your budget, look no further than the Evan Lift Recliner! Like the Pinnacle model, the Evan provides heat and massage options for its owner. The built-in lumbar massage and heating options complement the Evan’s ability to fully recline into a “lay flat” position, perfect for napping. Made from durable polyester fabric, this lift recliner is in it for the long haul.

Logan Lift Chair

Brown Leather Lift Chair

Looking to add a bit of leather to your lounging experience? The Logan Lift Chair is the leather lift recliner for you! The Logan provides three different recline and lift options including power recline, power lift, and power lumbar support. While you’re comfortable in the chair, the side pocket allows for enough room to store some magazines, books, or an iPad.

Oliver Power Lift Recliner

Gray Power Lift Recliner

Rounding out the bunch is our most affordable lift recliner, the Oliver Power Lift Recliner! Watch your favorite show or take a cozy nap with three different comfort adjusters including power recline, power headrest, and an easy-to-use hand wand that controls Oliver’s power lift settings. Upholstered with soft and durable chenille fabric, the Oliver Power Lift Recliner is a great choice for your next lounge chair.

Looking for more design inspiration for the rest of your living room? Look no further than our interior design blog where we cover everything from how to decorate your living room to how to make a living room cozy. You can also browse our extensive living room furniture collection for sectionals, sofas, ottomans, end tables, and more.


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Are Memory Foam Mattresses Hot?

by Jane K on May 11, 2020

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress in Bedroom

Memory foam has been a mainstream product for decades, but in the last few years, it’s taken off as one of the primary materials for mattresses and pillows.

With mattresses, some argue that memory foam has a tendency to run a bit hotter than a traditional innerspring mattress. While something like a pillowtop mattress might be a cooler experience for you, there are certain steps you can take to assure a cool night’s sleep on your memory foam mattress.

Start with the Bedroom

When finding ways to cool down your sleep in general, there are a few steps you can take before you settle down to bed that will assist you in sleeping a full, comfortable night.

  • Air flow: Having a consistent source of air flow and circulation in your room will help calm you down to sleep.
  • Breathable clothing: When you’re sleeping, breathable clothing will help maintain body temperature throughout the night.
  • Water: It’s no surprise that having a glass of water next to your bed and using it to quench your thirst throughout the night will help you sleep more soundly and comfortably.

Find the Right Mattress Pad or Topper

Mattress pads and toppers are one of the best hot mattress solutions if you feel like your memory foam mattress keeps you too warm at night. Not only can they protect your mattress and add additional mattress support, but they can also help keep you cool while you sleep. In general, you’ll want to find a pad or topper that is made from natural materials, fibers, down, or even feathers. In fact, some mattress toppers even have special cooling technology that can help keep you cooler whether you’re sleeping on a memory foam mattress, innerspring mattress, or a hybrid.

Choose Sheets and Pillows Wisely

Not all sheets and pillows are created equal. If you’re finding yourself waking up throughout the night in a sweat, your sheets and pillow might be to blame. Just like a mattress pad or topper, you want to find the right kind of sheets for your mattress, your preferences, and your natural body temperature. In fact, they even make cooling sheets for memory foam mattresses that can help you better regulate your temperature throughout the night. If you’re looking for a hot mattress solution, be sure to check out all of the bed sheet and linen options available at Star Furniture & Mattress. A moisture-wicking sheet can help you stay cool and temperature regulated during your sleep as they reduce body heat retention. Sheets made from high-quality cotton or woven bamboo fibers can also achieve the same outcome.

We’ve found that nothing quite controls your sleep better than the right pillow. After all, as your head stays cool, so does the rest of your body. Many pillows for sale now feature special cooling technology that are cool-to-the-touch while also promoting breathability, which will in turn help keep you cool throughout the night.

While everyone’s bodies are different, the fact that memory foam retains heat cannot be ignored. But by taking the necessary steps, you can assure yourself both a comfortable and cool night. Want to sleep better? Browse our mattresses and other bedding solutions to find your perfect sleep. Our mattress buying guide can even help you find the perfect mattress to meet your needs!

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What to Do with a Dining Room You Don’t Use

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The Best Leather Sofa for Every Budget

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Weighted Blanket Benefits: What You Need to Know

April 8, 2020

Whether you have a sensory issue, ADHD, trouble sleeping, or anxiety, weighted blankets might be able to offer some solace. In today’s blog, we discuss weighted blankets benefits and how they could help you. What is a Weighted Blanket? A weighted blanket is heavy blanket that usually weighs between 10 and 30 pounds. Unlike a […]

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