Buying furniture online has become easier than ever before over the past couple of years. From the latest augmented reality furniture apps to the rise of rapid delivery and courier services, furnishing a house really is as simple as clicking a button.
Shopping for a sectional online, though, does come with a unique set of challenges. You’ll want it to fit exactly into the wedge of space that you’ve designated for your new sectional, but you’ll also want your couch to be, you know, comfortable enough that you’ll want to cozy up on it for years to come.
Here’s everything you need to know about buying an affordable sectional online — including some of our favorite cheap and chic picks available online right now.
Best Retailers That Sell Sectionals
There are endless options for buying a sectional online, but these are some of the best online retailers to look to for cheap and stylish options.
- Wayfair: An impressive number of affordable sectionals that are both quality and stylish.
- Amazon: The easiest way to ensure quick and efficient shipping and a great return policy.
- Macy’s: Stylish, high quality sectionals from big name brands without the big name price.
- IKEA: Minimalist Scandinavian-inspired sectionals and modular sofas at very affordable prices.
- Joss and Main: Contemporary and classic styles that won’t break the bank.
- Walmart: Very on-trend sectionals at a variety of price points and sizes.
- Target: Ahuge inventory of colorful and classic sectionals from big name brands and lesser known companies alike.
Best Cheap Sectionals You Can Buy Online
Ivy Bronx Wide Velvet Symmetrical Sofa & Chaise
Best For: Trendy and contemporary living rooms
Looking for a sectional large enough to accommodate the whole family? This velvet sofa from Ivy Bronx is going to be right up your alley. The six-person sectional is going to be your best bet for comfort and style on a budget. The 130.5″ sofa and chaise makes it easy to get cozy and really relax while the velvet material ensures longevity and effortless style.
Promising Review: “Yaaaasssssssssss! This sofa is AMAZING! Incredibly easy to put together if you have a drill with the right drill bit (hexagon 316). Took about an hour to put up, scotch guarded it and boom! We have a chic, extremely comfortable sofa.”—Alexandra
$929.99 at Wayfair.com
Wade Logan Wide Microfiber/Microsuede Reversible Sofa & Chaise with Ottoman
Best For: Afamily room fit for kids and/or cats
If you’re in search of a sectional that’ll be able to handle everything that goes on in the family room, you’ll want to consider something made of microfiber. This wide sofa and chaise from Wade Logan takes it one step further: the cat- and kid-proof microfiber material can actually be reversed and washed so there’s no need to be nervous using it on movie night.
Promising Review: “The sofa is compact and comfortable, perfect for my small living room. Delivery was super fast, barely a week, even though I was told it would take until the end of July.”—Anonymous
$369.99 at Wayfair.com
Zipcode Design Wide Sofa & Chaise with Ottoman
Best For: Wedging into small spaces
Finding a suitable sectional for a small space is no small feat — but the Zipcode Design manages to tick all the right boxes and more. The compact sofa is just 77 inches in length which makes it easy to wedge into even the smallest living rooms while reaping the most sofa space possible thanks to the built-in ottoman.
Promising Review: “Perfect for my daughter’s room. Small, but exactly what we needed.”—Wendy
$429.99 at Wayfair.com
Ebern Designs Wide Reversible Sofa and Chaise with Ottoman
Best For: Budget-friendly home improvement
Think you can’t find a great sectional for under $350? Think again! The Ebern Designs Wide Reversible Sofa and Chaise is priced at just $325 but looks so much more expensive than that thanks to the deep grey colorway and plush textured upholstery. The sofa is also fade- and stain-proof so you can really relax into it.
$324.99 at Wayfair.com
Christopher Knight Home Augustus Midcentury Chaise Sectional
Best For: Midcentury-inspired family rooms
This Christopher Knight mid-century chaise sectional will look perfectly at home in more contemporary spaces. The affordable chaise features classic birch wood legs that mid-century sofas are known for, as well as surprisingly plush cushions that will make it easy to spend a day on the couch binge watching Netflix.
Promising Review: “PERFECT set for my daughter and her two children. Nice fit for a compact home. Easily put together by one person.”—Grandma C.
$569.99 at Amazon.com
BOWERY HILL Steel Gray Linen Reversible/Sectional Sleeper Sofa
Best For: Sleepover-ready playrooms
Part sectional, part sleeper sofa, the BOWERY HILL Sleeper Sofa dual-purpose number was made for weekend sleepovers in the playroom. The steel gray couch is crafted from a reversible linen that can handle snacks, spills and sticky fingers without needing to send it off for professional cleaning services every couple of months.
Promising Review: “Easy assembly! It is firm as others have said, but it is still very comfortable. Love the pullout feature, and the chaise storage is very roomy! Just moved into my apartment, and it fits perfectly. 10/10 recommended.”—Kaylen
$817.90 at Walmart.com
DHP Hartford Storage Sectional Futon with Chaise
Best For: Storing away clutter in the family room
Living room essentials like remotes and chargers can be an eyesore — but the DHP Hartford sectional futon with built-in storage will make it easier than ever to hide away all those necessary items. The faux leather sofa is also going to be a great option for kids (it wipes super easily!) but you might want to avoid material like this if you have cats or larger dogs.
Promising Review: “I was looking around for a nice futon for a while. I came across this and it’s perfect. I received it faster than expected. The directions were easy to understand. I’ve never put together a futon before but was able to get it done easily on my own. It’s a great size, almost like a full couch. Very comfortable.”—Jennings
$600 at Walmart.com
What to Know Before You Buy a Sectional
- Measuring: “You should measure your living room thoroughly and think well about the future couch size. It must be big enough to provide you with the right level of comfort and not too big as you don’t want your living room to be overcrowded,” says Sean Chapman, professional carpenter and founder of Tools’n’Goods. “Make a drawing of the living room and try to place couches of different sizes on it to see what works the best. You can also try a small cheat and try placing various objects (like books) to occupy the space of the future couch.”
- Materials: The best materials to ensure long term use will be microfiber (bonus points if it’s washable). Consider skipping leather or pleather if you have cats that tend to scratch. “Always remember that every material has its pros and cons and you want to get the one that looks the best and matches the actual needs of your family,” says Chapman. For example, leather looks great, but it will look awful if your cat scratches it. If you have kids and pets, microfiber can be the best option as it’s available in a variety of colors and is easy to clean.
- Comfort/Use: Are you looking for a sectional for everyday use or something to throw in the rec room? You can get away with a more firm number for occasional use but a daily driver should be plush and comfortable.
- Delivery/Installation: Many furniture retailers will offer white glove delivery and installation services at an extra fee. If you live alone or have a walk-up apartment this will be worth considering.
- Return Policy: Returning a sectional is going to be a pain in the butt — there’s no way around it. Look to companies that will pick up your furniture at your door and make sure returns are still valid even if you’ve opened up and assembled your couch already.
- Longevity: Sectional couches involve a whole lot of material. You’ll want to ensure you purchase something of quality that can handle everything you’ll throw at it so you can keep it out of the landfill for as long as possible.
- Warranty: Some companies come with built-in warranties while others offer one as an add-on. It might be worth investing in a warranty if you live with little ones or pets.
What to Know If You’re Thinking of Buying A Used Sectional
- Read Reviews: Looking on eBay or Kaiyo? Do yourself a favor and read some seller reviews. This’ll give you a good idea about whether or not you can trust the condition of the second hand sectional.
- Look for Tags: You might think you’ve found a score on a vintage sectional only to notice that the sticker on the bottom reads IKEA. Check for tags and stickers that might suggest whether or not it’s worth buying it in used condition.
- Consider a Professional Clean: A professional clean will run you anywhere from $50 to $200 depending on the size and condition of your sectional — and is well worth it if you’re considering a couch someone else has already cuddled up on.
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