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our new apt: the hunt for the perfect sectional

by Grace Bonney


One of the things that always bothered me the most about our current apartment was the fact that our living room couldn’t accommodate a standard-sized sofa. The hallway and main door were so narrow that I had to get something with detachable legs and a super-low back, and the walls in the living room were so oddly broken up that nothing would fit against a wall without jutting out three feet into a weird space. So when we looked for a new place, the first thing I wanted was a living room that could a) fit a normal sofa inside and b) have room for a decent-sized sectional that would allow AC and I to lie down and watch TV at the same time. I know it’s not good to plan design around TV watching, but I’m trying to be realistic about the way we unwind, which usually involves Netflix or something we’ve recorded on TV.


Our new living room (above) isn’t massive, but it does have room for an L-shaped sofa and coffee table, so my brain immediately went into over-drive looking for cool sectionals we could use. After searching for a few days though, I was a little bummed to see that most of them were either super clunky (chunky legs, weighing a ton) or heavy on the mid-century details. I’m not crazy about either these days, so I decided to round up my favorites out of the ones I saw and share them — in the hopes that they might be helpful for those of you looking for a great modern sectional. I’m hoping that maybe someone out there knows of a cool modern sectional source that I haven’t hit yet. If you do, I would be eternally grateful to know. I feel like the sectional scene could use the help of some awesome young designers. But hey, any of these would beat the uncomfy tiny settees we lived in for two years. xo, grace


Image above: 1. Clarke Sectional $3198; 2. Gus LOFT Bi-sectional $2999+; 3. Cielo sectional $2097; 4. Simena Sectional $2640 (my favorite right now); 5. Lee Industries Sectional (Price upon request, I’d guess around $3-4k); 6. Jasper Sectional $2398 (My second favorite)

*Top image is the Blake Sectional from West Elm, $1989

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