For decades, the sofa has dominated the American living room. It's simple, it's effective, and it can fit just about anywhere. Pair it with a recliner or a loveseat, and you've got enough seating for just about every type of gathering you may have.

So why would you consider a sectional instead? 

Sectionals Are Customizable

No matter what your room looks like, a sectional allows you to optimize the space for entertaining. Most furniture stores have sectionals set up in different configurations, which allow you to see whether a longer right-arm sectional with a chaise would work better or if you need a shorter, U-shaped setup. Couches are great, but they either work for your room or they don't; with a sectional, you can tailor your furniture to your room instead of the other way around.

Sectionals Maximize Seating

A single sectional can have enough seating for more people in less space than multiple couches can (not to mention, it generally looks better too). Since you don't have bulky armrests to worry about with a sectional, you can fit more people in one spot, which allows for more efficient seating. Your guests will also be able to converse better since they'll be closer and, in most cases, facing each other.

Sectionals Are Versatile

What makes a sectional unique is the ability to mix and match various pieces to your liking. While many people keep their sectionals in exactly the same position, you can also rearrange them to your liking and add on additional units if need be. For not much extra, you can buy a few pieces for your sectional and make it longer or break it apart to create separate seating areas. The configurations are virtually endless.

Sectionals Are Family-Friendly

Generally speaking, sofas are more formal and elegant than a sectional, whereas a sectional is geared towards children and large groups. A sectional's primary focus is on delivering maximum comfort efficiently, so if you have a large family, a sectional is probably a better fit for you. However, If you have a formal sitting room that you're wanting to decorate, a set of sofas may be a better fit for you.

No matter which direction you choose, designing your space comes down to style vs. function. There's no right way for everyone, but let the sales representatives at your local furniture store show you a variety of options so you can make the best decision for your home.

To learn more, contact a furniture store.