My sectional sofa search, otherwise known as ‘sofagate‘, has been surprisingly more difficult than I anticipated. Usually when I am looking for a new piece of furniture, I know exactly what I want and where to look. I have a few favorite go to stores that almost always pull through for me. As long as they have the style I’m looking for it’s a pretty easy decision. What it comes down to for the most part is the comfort level. If it’s a store I’m familiar with I don’t even have to sit on the piece. If it’s a new store where I haven’t purchased something from before then I like to test it out. Doesn’t always work that way but it’s what I try to do… Then I can almost always make a decision quickly. It’s not rocket science as they say but for some reason this time around it felt like it. I could not get it right.
When I began my new sectional search this time I wanted to broaden my search to other stores. The funny part is that after looking everywhere I ended up right back at one of my favorite stores where I have purchased two sofas from before. Restoration Hardware seems to be the store that always has what I’m looking for. They are constantly tweaking their pieces to remain current and I love that. I tend to lean toward the more traditional in terms of styles but this time I made a concerted effort to look outside my comfort zone and considered a more modern sofa. In the end I went with a traditional piece that has been updated to look more modern. I’m really happy with what I have chosen.
I fell in love with RH’s new Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered Sectional the first minute I saw it in the store a couple of months ago. I’m so happy now that my sofa search happened the way it did, because I was able to try different things in my home to see how they fit and it gave RH enough time to introduce the new style. I wouldn’t recommend ordering a sofa and returning it normally but… that’s what ended up happening.
image via RH
At first I wasn’t looking for a slipcovered sofa again, I actually wanted something upholstered, more ‘tailored’. What I love about the Belgian Slope arm slipcover is that it’s everything I was looking for without realizing it. The slipcover on this sofa has a clean look. It’s not bulky nor over stuffed. It fits perfectly in my space. I went with an armless feature on the one side that is closest to the media cabinet to give it more of an open/airy feel as well. I love that I was able to customize that part.
Another reason why I chose this sectional is because of the fabric choices at Restoration. I have two chairs in my living room in RH’s ‘Vintage Velvet – Mist’ and I love it so much I decided to go with the same fabric on the sectional. I have had a velvet piece before and it held up extremely well. I’m hoping this velvet will react the same over time.
image via RH
The sofa I had before this sectional was made of a cotton fabric, and while it did not pill or fray at all, it wasn’t soft and cozy like the vintage velvet is.
I need to add that this is NOT a sponsored post, but there are so many conveniences about choosing a piece of furniture at RH. They have multiple sizes: Petite, Classic, and Luxe. Even though my family room is smaller than most, I knew that I did not want my sofa to be too small, however I didn’t want it to be too large either. I feel like goldilocks. I wavered between the Luxe and Classic sizes and ultimately decided on the Classic. I think in the end it’s probably the best size for the space and the classic seats us comfortably. The seat back height is perfect and this sofa seems to fit Jeff so much better than the previous one I sent back. Number one lesson learned… never buy a sofa without your husband testing it out. ;)
Overall, I love everything about this piece and all that’s left to do is to find the right lamp, coffee table and rug to finish off the space properly… It never ends!
Tips for choosing a sectional sofas:
- Measure or mark out the space where the sectional will sit, so that you get an actual feel of what it will look like. I moved furniture in the spots where it would sit so I could really get an idea.
- Know what kind of cushion you like. At RH I had the choice of: standard fill or down filled. I don’t like having to plump my cushions after every sitting and because I like more of a structured look I chose the standard poly fill cushion. I have to add that I like cushions even more when they are spring wrapped like the sofas at Ethan Allen. This isn’t an option at RH however.
- Know the fabric color that you really want your sofa to be and don’t even look at a place that doesn’t carry the colors you like. As much as it’s about comfort it’s also about look, especially when it’s a huge sectional.
- If you have pets/children, I would suggest considering a slipcovered sofa.