Designed for Lounging - The 12 Best Sectional Sofas Are The Ultimate in Laidback Style

The 12 best sectional sofas are large enough for the whole family, or ideal for lounging on to watch TV. These range in color and price but all have plenty of style

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Sectional sofas have never lost their appeal. From chunky models that invite you to sprawl to linear options that subtly zone a large space, the extra elements that allow you to create an L or U shape, make the modular sofa an enduring item that's both functional and flattering in a modern home.

The flexibility and comfort a sectional sofa offers is a large part of its appeal, enabling enough seating when there's a house full, or space to lounge when there isn't.

There's a wide choice of designs too, spanning mid-century classics and statement shapes to those with extra storage within the seating. We've rounded up our pick of the best couches from across the best home decor stores, so you can lounge in style.

Best Chunky Sectional Sofas

Best Statement Modular Sofas

Best Linear Sectional Sofas

Best Budget Sectional Sofas

Are sectional sofas a good idea?

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Sectional sofas can offer flexibility within your existing home, as well as, if or when you move, as they are made up of smaller elements that are put together to make a larger piece of furniture.

'Sectional sofas can be a great investment,' says Heather Goerzen, design director at online interior studio, Havenly. 'While they work in just about any space, I would say modular sofas tend to feel a little more modern, and are great for families where you might like a little versatility.

'I also often turn to sectional sofas when install access is challenging or tight (think narrow basement stairs). One of the best things about modular sofas is they allow you to adapt your furniture to your space, even as it changes.

'If you move to a new, bigger home, you can always convert a sectional sofa into a larger, lounge-worthy sectional, or vice versa if you need to downsize.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.