We’ve been thinking about the dos and don’ts of styling a sofa lately, particularly styling sectionals. Sectionals are a great option because they offer a little more seating and add an element of comfort to a room. But styling all those corners can sometimes be difficult. So to help you out, we’ve created a few fool-proof ways to style your sectional that will leave it looking chic while still allowing it to be functional.

Step 1: PREP

It is very important to measure your space before ordering a sectional to be sure you are getting the right fit for the space you are putting it in. Make sure to know the exact measurements for all of the walls. Sectionals are typically great in a corner of the room, up against two walls.

Create a basic floor plan with a sectional. This will help you with measurements and visualization, as well as create a organized way to style the rest of your room around the sectional.

If the sectional is going in a family room or a place where a TV will be, consider where the TV will be when you are choosing the size and type of sectional you want.


There are a variety of ways to style your pillows on a sectional but not all ways keep it looking clean, chic, and inviting. We recommend using 6-7 pillows to create a full look without going overboard. Here are our top two favorite ways to style:


  • Choose 2 sets of 3 pillows that are the same size and pattern (We recommend 3 20x20s and 3 24x24s). Place one on both ends and one in the middle.
  • Choose 1 14×20 that complements the other two patterns and place it in the middle cluster of pillows.
  • Keep it symmetrical on the ends and go for something a little different in the middle.


  • Choose 3 24×24 pillows in the same pattern. Find 2 20×20 pillows that coordinate. Place one on both ends and one in the middle.
  • Choose 1 16×26 that complements the other two patterns and place to the left of the middle on the sectional.
  • Once again, keep it symmetrical on the ends and go for something a little different in the middle.

We’ve compiled a few examples of different pillow styles and patterns that work well together. Have a look and pick a favorite!



  • Add a colorful throw. Place it on the chaise section of the sofa.
  • Add a great rug. Choose a rug that fits under the front legs of the sofa and extends at least 3 feet beyond the coffee table (if using a coffee table).
  • A coffee table used with a sectional should fit the boundary edges of the sofa
    • Make sure the coffee table is proportionate to the sectional. A large sectional should have a large coffee table.

Different kinds of sectionals to consider

  • Double chaise
  • U-shaped-Three sided
  •  L-shape
  • Semi-circle

Stationary vs. Modular

Stationary Sectional: the most common kind of sectional. Designed for one shape that locks in place.

Modular Sectional: typically comes in 3-5 pieces that can be arranged in a variety of different ways. Make sure your pieces are secured together before using.