Sectional Search

by Chris on August 1, 2012

So my living room is suffering. After we built the entertainment console, it was obvious we needed some new chairs to flank it. We found the perfect ones, had them covered, and we were good to go!

blue chairs

I’m slowly finding some art for the room (don’t ask about the mirror I missed out on at Joss and Main—SO bummed), and it’s starting to finally come together.


Except. for. THIS. This is what we call the “ugly step sister” of the room. No, I didn’t stage it to look this bad. No, I don’t normally have orange balloons hanging from my chandelier. 10, 13-year old boys had just left the house, and I snapped this pic. I can’t make this stuff up.

sofa loveseat

Let’s not address the dog bed the size of a loveseat right now. I’m just not in the mood. The whole point of this post is to tell you that I’ve been searching for the perfect sectional for MONTHS now. Is it wrong of me to not want to spend $3000 on a sectional??

How ‘bout I show you what I’m looking at? I love these two pieces, but I don’t think a chaise will work for us. I want it to serve as additional seating. A chaise would mean my husband laying on the couch for 23 hours straight—as opposed to the 13 hours he lays on our couch now.

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Here we go. This is more like it. I can’t have a boxy sectional because I really have quite a long wall that it backs up to. It would be wasted space to have a sectional that’s too square. You with me?

I can afford this one. I like it. I just wish it didn’t have such a large panel in the front. I know—particulars.


And finally, my absolute favorite. It is exactly what I want it to be. Unfortunately, I don’t know where it’s from, and I’m sure it’s out of my price range. Because that’s how things go for me.

gray sectional loft

I have a loveseat and sofa that I’m pretending is a sectional, and I don’t seem to be anywhere near finding one I want/can afford/will fit in this space. Got any secret stash sectional stores you know about? Have any idea where the sectional above is from? Have furniture woes like me? Do share! :)



Jodi August 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

All good choices!!!

The last one isn’t Ikea? Looks identical to YHL’s.

October August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

The last one looks a lot like the Ikea Karlstad with different legs. Might be worth looking into.

Sam @ The Junk House August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’m on a sectional hunt too! It’s so hard to find a pretty one that doesn’t cost a fortune! I’m hoping you find something awesome, so I can just copy you :)

Chris August 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Orrr YOU can find something awesome, and I’ll copy you. :)

Jodi August 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

What about the more custom stores – Lazy Boy, Bassett, etc

holly August 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

i was going to say the same thing, looks just like our karlstad but with dark legs. it isn’t the coziest sofa in the world, but we have enjoyed in our bonus room.

becca August 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

you are absolutely right about the couch with chaise. we got one last summer and hunky husband has logged at least 23 hours a day on it (or tries to every weekend). we call it the “love couch.” it just gets the whole family snuggled up on it.
good luck finding your perfect sectional. when you find the right one for your family it really is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Kristen August 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Room and Board! We bought our sectional, and our living room sofa there. Made in the USA, and the quality is superior. Can’t go wrong.

Chris August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I’m off to look, Kristen! Thank you!

Cindy * Daisies & Crazies August 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I thought Room and Board, too, Kristen! Their furniture is crazy gorgeous and quality! You pay for what you get, though. Cha-Ching!

Carrie August 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’m not usually an Art Van fan (hey that rhymed)….anyways, we found a cream colored leather sectional there a few years ago and we are happy with it. It helps with the dog hair! Their website has some options to review – but here’s one that comes in different colors and configurations.

Chris August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

You know, I’m not either, Carrie. However, that’s where we found our chairs! I wasn’t even going to go in, but we stopped in and found them. I’ll have to look! Thanks!

laura August 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

ound like you’re looking for what I want too…..this is the one I found that I’m considering..

laura August 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

should of turned on that spell check….”sounds like….”

the cape on the corner August 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

girl, i feel ya on the sectional hunt. i totally wanted a chaise sectional that was all sleek and loungey. the boyfriend thinks all the sleek ones (on legs, tufted) don’t look like something you’d want to watch a 2 hour movie on, and then-get this-he now wants it to recline! do you KNOW what reclining sectionals look like?!? puff balls! oversized ginormous armed puffballs! what will i do?!

Cindy * Daisies & Crazies August 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

“Cape,” we ended up finding this on in sofa form (not sectional), and it’s really nice! No puffballs for us, either.

Cindy * Daisies & Crazies August 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm


Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:20 am

Oh, I love seeing what others choose. What a gorgeous piece! Thank you for sharing!

Kara August 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Check out this site for sectionals…

Best of luck on the search, I know how hard that can be! You don’t want to spend a million dollars on something you don’t like.


Adrienne August 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I am sure I am no help. I love Pottery Barn comfort sectional. I have a sectional that needs replacing and that’s the one I want. I have the small one in my family room and it’s soooo comfy!!

Jessica August 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I think the last one is definitely from Ikea…. check out Young House Love’s sectional search.

They got the Karlstad sectional at Ikea for only like $1248 I think! Happy hunting!

Laura August 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I second that being like YHL’s, it does look like the Ikea Karlstad.

Laura August 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I second that being like YHL’s. It does look like the Ikea Karlstad.

Chris August 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I’m afraid I don’t believe it’s the Karlstad, girls. As a matter of fact, it looks closer to this one? I can’t do gray, anyway, but I do like the shape!

Becky August 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I am on my second Rowe sofa. They are wonderful: they wear so well and are so reasonably priced. There are many fabric options. I ordered mine through a furniture store that didn’t display Rowe furniture but was willing to order from them.

Chris August 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I’m liking some of their sectionals, too. I’ll have to go to a furniture store to look at catalogs. I just wish they’d have them more accessible in the store! Thank you!

Tina Stone August 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Well good luck with that! I’m clueless. I like the way you’re thinking tho!

Whitney August 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I have been pining for a sectional as well! My couches look much like yours in a space that looks similar. A sectional would be some much more space-efficient (does that make sense?). But I struggle with the cost thing too. I will be watching/stalking to see if you have more luck than I have!

Kindel August 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

We bought our sectional a few years ago from Big Lots. I LOVE our sectional. It’s our main piece of furniture and we have a dog and a cat and it’s held up very well. It still looks brand new! It’s also very easy to vacuum pet hair off with a hand vac. I love it and it was definitely affordable for us.

About a year ago we bought the matching ottoman and love it just as much. It opens and has storage inside.

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sk8899 August 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

two of my brothers have ones like the first one but theirs came with an extra cushion so the couch can be changed from one with a lounge to a reg one with a footstool…the lounge cushion is movable so it can go on the left or right or even in the middle if you wanted!

Meredith August 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

check out Macy’s furniture store– online too. they have a huge selection. we bought our basement sectional there and LOVE it.

jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof August 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Your dog bed is cracking me up b/c I have the same one! ha :) Go for the sectional! We just bought one a couple months ago for our family room makeover and it’s the best darn thing I have ever bought! AND it’s white :) hehe. I loved all the potterybarn ones but they were out of our budget so I ended up finding one at our local furniture store which I love. Everyone fights over the chaise, but it’s my spot! Good luck and can’t wait to see what you get!

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

I LOVE your sectional, Jessica. AND I want white/cream. Uh oh. I took my husband shopping to HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago, and we walked out with nothing except for that stupid dog bed. Who goes to HomeGoods and only gets a dog bed? :) He does love it, though. Thanks!

courtney August 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

we bought ours thru la-z-boy and custom ordered it. and we added the guardsman warranty for $100 – whatever happens to it -rips, tears, stains {no matter the cause} they will replace it. overall, it wasn’t as expensive as most in the market.

here’s a pic of it on my blog:

good luck!

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

Oh, I love it, Courtney!! Thank you for sharing the link! Off to shop at la-z-boy! Thanks again!

Allison @ House of Hepworths August 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Not sure if this has been said yet, but the pillows on the last couch are from West Elm (I think) so maybe the couch is from there too?

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

You’re a genius. I knew I had seen those somewhere! Off to look. Fingers crossed!

Liz VanKirk August 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

We ordered our king size sleeper sofa from Art Van here in Michigan. I wanted the small sectional but because of a certain dumb support post in the basement it wasn’t feasible. Our sofa comes with an ottoman & also with 2 different cushions to go on it. By that I mean we could push the ottoman close to the sofa and there’s a chaise cushion to go on it. It also comes with a single cushion so you could use it as an ottoman & 3 cushion sofa. Hope I can explain it.

My husband wanted the camel color fabric so it was in the color scheme & he’s mostly down there. His home entertainment center is set up down there.

They have all different sizes that you can order. My kids love the king sleeper for sleepovers (the big screen tv is right in front of it).

Go through the catalogs at Art Van & ask lots of questions!


Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

Catalogs! That’s what I need to remember! Thank you! Will do!

angela r j August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

Our local Costco has a really nice sectional for only 999.99, so you might check out Costco if you have one nearby (Really? Costco? Yes, really.). I also found this one online as an example (just did a search for sectional, but the $500 off is only good through Aug. 5):

Hope this helps!

Jen August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

I’m not sure where you are located but I think I got a pretty good deal on my sectional from Living Spaces:

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

Awesome suggestion, Jen! Thank you!

L August 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hi Chris,
I’m not sure where you are located, but there are many affordable sectionals at Nebraska Furniture Mart (which has locations in both Nebraska and Kansas). The Jonathan Louis brand can be customized in both color and arrangement. We purchased a large custom sectional for under $1,300. You can check it out at or
Best of luck!

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:11 am

Unfortunately, I’m in Michigan, but I will definitely look those up! Thanks so much for sharing!

Becky August 3, 2012 at 12:52 am
Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

We do, Becky!! Thank you for the reminder! I’ll go shop now! :)

Sarah August 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I feel your pain! I had my CL app running a search on sectionals for probably 3+ months before FINALLY finding something that would work for us. There are soo many “half” sectionals (couch + chaise) out there but very few, what I consider, true sectionals – and they are $$$! Good luck, and if it makes you feel better, your two couches really don’t look bad at all (I know – so annoying to hear i’m sure!)

Chris August 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Ha! That made me laugh. They don’t look horrible, but it’s a pain vacuuming and trying to keep clean. Too many nooks and crannies for kids to leave wrappers, cracker crumbs, etc. :) Thanks for the encouragement. I won’t give up! :)

Hilary August 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Ugh, I’m in the same boat. I’ve had the same couch for almost 10 years and it *so* doesn’t work in this house (where we’ve lived for 5 years now). I need a sectional with a really long side too. Room & Board has some beautiful ones that hubby and I agree would be perfect, we just haven’t justified coughing up that much money though :(
Also, we both spend a ton of time in the family room and I want something comfy, so it’s imperative we get to try sofas out first! Not going to work to pick one from a catalog.

Stephanie August 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm
Samye August 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Don’t know if anyone has suggested it but we just bought a great sectional at Costco (I know….seriously?!?) but it was the perfect size, GREAT quality, and what we were looking for! They have some options online but a LOT of options in store. Good luck finding the perfect sofa, I think we went to EVERY furniture store in Houston looking for one!

Stephanie August 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Someone did mention Costco. I almost bought the Monte Carlo off their site, but in my heart of hearts, I knew it wasn’t quite the right configuration for our room. If they had LAF and RAF, I would have bought it! But I’m happy with the Elliott Sectional we’re getting from Macy’s.

Laura August 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The couch you like kind of looks like this one except that one is studded on the arms. Not sure if you liked it enough if they could do without? Also it might be crazy espensive, but it looks like they have a store in Grandville (I also live in MI, that’s why I figured that might be the best place to take a look). Good luck! :

Stephanie Glover August 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Soooo I don’t know where that sectional is from but I do have a small piece of advice. =0) If I could do it all over again I would get a sectional that has the back cushions attached. Our floor was constantly covered in a million pillows and we were constantly having to rearrange them when sitting or lying down. Pillows shaped like, well, a sofa pillow are not comfy on your back when sitting up to watch tv. Drove me nuts. Eventually I stuffed all 47 million in our hall closet and no one has opened that door since. :) Can’t wait to see what you end up with. Good luck!

Kelly August 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Ali August 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

I’m in the EXACT same dilemma. HELP ME!

Carmen August 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I just ordered some couches from (cococo stands for Comfortable Couch Company). They were going to ship the couch and loveseat I ordered for just over $200 (I’m in Ohio, they are in NC). Their couches are NICE and they can custom do a LOT…fabric, size, etc. I thought it was reasonably priced for what it is….I’ll be happy to share what I paid if you are interested, just email me. They have a whole page about sectionals on their website.

Ella August 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Sounds like you’ve already landed on one. But just in case, or for future reference… is a great option. Several styles, made in the USA, endless configurations to fit your space and many fabric options (several that are even washable & kid/pet friendly), plus built-in storage. Yes, that’s what I said…storage in a sectional. After having gone through 2 sectionals in the last 6 yrs, we’re planning on upgrading to one from here, hopefully by the winter holidays. Hope you enjoy whatever you choose! Sectional shopping is hard work.

Renae August 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m late to the party (I was out on vacay last week) but as the pillows I believe are West Elm, the sofa might be too. You can customize it to be as big as you want:

Meghan August 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

Home Reserve?

I’ve been researching for a few months, and they seem to be similar to Ikea but with more fabric options.

Heather August 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

This is what google had to say!

Kimberly August 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

My parents have what we call a “redneck sectional.” One day my mom called me to help move her heavy furniture around. The loveseat had a shaky arm, and during the moving it finally came all of the way off. As a temporary fix, because no one was about to go furniture shopping that very day, I shoved it up against the couch. My mom liked the way it fit in the room so well that she has still yet to replace it. We all get a laugh out of it from time to time.

Loran August 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Maybe someone already said this, but the cielo sectional at CB2 is pretty amazing. It’s also on the spendier side, unfortunately.

kristin August 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Love all the inspriation. Look at cost plus and z gallerie :)

Niki Noble August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I bought a sectional with a chaise less than 3 years ago for about $650! at Mor Furniture in Spokane, WA. It looks very similar to what you were posting. We couldn’t believe we found it. It was on the showroom floor and right next to it was an almost identical one that was $3700. They were both microfiber, brown and pretty much the same size…the only obvious differences were the expensive one was down and the seats were widers from back to front. I really wanted the expensive one but the price of the other for almost the same thing made it a no brainer. I couldn’t find where you were from so I don’t know if this helps much, but I just wan’t to comment and let you know that there are deals out there for good furniture and good prices…even on sectionals!

Janet August 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

One word…sort of…BuildaSofa

Janelle August 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

We just bought a sectional at Art Van on 28th st for our living room in April. We got the same configuration as the Pierce sectional from Pottery Barn but for a lot less! We got the Marisol sectional special order in a light color with the sofa , corner wedge and a chair because we have a long wall we wanted to fill but had to go with the chair for the shorter side. Then we got a matching chair and ottoman for the other corner of the room. Kristin Muller was our sales rep. She was great. We also have the Marisol sectional with a sleeper, wedge and sofa for our basement in a darker color like theu have on display because it is so comfy. You might like the cuddler for the end like the have on display. I can take pictures of what we got for you if interested. Or ask for Kristin at Art Van on 28th st.

Wendy Smith September 24, 2012 at 2:43 am

I bought a beautiful & large sectional from Star Furniture for around $2,000. It does have a chaise on it, but surprisingly, my husband prefers to sit in the middle wedge. It’s called Artemis Graphite 140-186. It is awesome!
Good luck! :)

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