The Gameplan for our New Family Room Sectional

Last time we chatted about our family room, I told you guys that we’re on the hunt for a new couch. Well the hunt is still ongoing, but I’ve done more research and made some decisions on what exactly we want for the space.

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You can read more about my review of our current couch right here. But in short, it’s a wonderful couch that we’ve owned for 5 years now, but we’re ready for a change!

couch-pillows-family-room-built-insSince moving in over a year ago, we’ve always had our “L” shaped sectional facing the built-ins and our front windows.

It’s worked out fine for us, but I’ve always wanted the couch to open up to the entire room. Kinda like this inspiration picture…family-room-inspiration copy

Image via Cecy J Interiors

That way there would be better flow from the family room, to the dining room, to the kitchen. Making it much easier to entertain!

white-couch-chaise-family-roomHowever, since we have a chaise on our couch, that part would block a large chunk of the built-ins if we moved the “L” the other way.

But in order to get a feel for what the space would look like with a new couch that opened up to the room, I decided to move the couch. I did this on a random day when Finn wasn’t around and man you should have seen me moving all of these pieces all by myself. It was comical, and I was a sweaty mess by the end of it. But I was able to successfully get the couch positioned the way I envisioned it in my head. white-couch-sectional-family-room

Here it is opened up to the rest of the room.

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The chaise does block the built-ins and TV a bit, but again, this was just an exercise so we could get a feel for what a new couch would be like in this space. A new couch that ideally wouldn’t have a chaise portion.

family-dining-built-ins-tableAfter living with it like this for about a week Finn & I agreed….this positioning is the way to go when we get a new couch in this space! The room just feels so much bigger and more open.

coffee-table-candleSo with newfound motivation, we decided to make our list of must-haves for a new couch.

Our Couch Must-Haves

  • Must be an L-shaped sectional
  • No chaise
  • Must be roomy (we’re both pretty tall and want to be able to spread out on it)
  • The seats should be pretty deep
  • We prefer a light gray color
  • Should have an easy to clean fabric
  • Not too boxy
  • A classic shape that we’ll (hopefully!) still love in 5+ years

Sectional Options

With our list of must-haves, I started browsing. My first thought? Why the heck are couches so darn expensive? Man oh man, some of the ones I found were so pricey!

My second thought? If at all possible, I want to be able to sit on the couch before buying it. I know there are a lot of amazing online retailers who sell sectionals…but in a perfect world I’d love to sit before I buy.  So I visited a few stores here in Chicago, checked out some of my favorite retailers in-person, and also did a bit of online shopping where places had amazing return policies.

Here’s what I found…

grey-sectional-couches-options-mood-board-58-pmAffiliate Links Used* 1. Interior Define – Sloan // 2. Interior Define – Caitlin
3. Crate & Barrel – Lounge // 4. West Elm – Andes
5. West Elm – Henry // 6. Pottery Barn 

augusta-dining-family-roomI know which one I’m leaning towards, but would love to hear your thoughts! Next month when we chat about this space, I’m hoping I’ll have our new couch in place, photographed, and ready for action #wishfulthinking

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P.S. Our current couch is for sale! If you’re interested and local to the Chicagoland area, email me at diyplaybook@gmail.com to chat more. 

 

 

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  • Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Finding couches is so hard! We struggled to find one that had a chaise on the left side and not the right.

    • It’s such a big purchase, so you want to make sure you find the perfect one! We’re struggling with the chaise issue right now. We wish it was a reversible one and we could move it onto the other side!

  • Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Finding couches is so hard! We struggled to find one that had a chaise on the left side and not the right.

    • It’s such a big purchase, so you want to make sure you find the perfect one! We’re struggling with the chaise issue right now. We wish it was a reversible one and we could move it onto the other side!

  • Whitney Regeth

    Ooh I really like #1 and #6! Gray will look beautiful in your space. I can’t wait to see which one you go for!

    • I’m really like #1 too! Thanks for your input Whitney.

  • Whitney Regeth

    Ooh I really like #1 and #6! Gray will look beautiful in your space. I can’t wait to see which one you go for!

    • I’m really like #1 too! Thanks for your input Whitney.

  • I’m currently on the hunt for basically the same thing (neutral gray L-shaped sectional that’s comfy, classic, kind of tall and will fit my 6ft 5in boyfriend without making it look like he is sitting on doll furniture)! I’ve been hunting online and there are some great options! However, my boyfriend insisted that he’d like to sit on the couch before purchasing, which is a reasonable request since it’s our first big home purchase. The best thing we have come across is Bassett Furniture.

    It is the only furniture store I’ve walked in and immediately found things I liked. The store was styled really nicely and didn’t feel like a warehouse of overpriced and unloved pieces of furniture. We found out that they did custom furniture options where you pick the appropriate sized couch (for us it would be an XL because of the height/depth we were searching for + fits my boyfriend), sectional style, style of the couch (they have quite a bit to choose from. My favorite reminds me of the Henry from West Elm), arm/leg style, and the fabric. It sat really comfortably for us, which means it was comfy while still holding it’s shape and not being too “plushy.” We are waiting until closer to our move to order, but it’s the only couch we have both mutually agreed on.

    Here it is for reference: https://www.bassettfurniture.com/Custom-Designed-L-Shaped-Upholstered-Sectional-DZ26726.asp

    Best of luck! The search for a new couch can be daunting, but I feel confident that you’ll pick the right one. P.S. I do love the new way you chose to face your sectional! It really does open up the room!

    • Your situation sounds just like ours! Finn is tall and said the exact same thing…he had to sit on it before purchasing!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Bassett Furniture…I didn’t even think about that store, but not I’ll have to look into it!

      Good luck with your move & new couch purchase Ashlee!

  • I’m currently on the hunt for basically the same thing (neutral gray L-shaped sectional that’s comfy, classic, kind of tall and will fit my 6ft 5in boyfriend without making it look like he is sitting on doll furniture)! I’ve been hunting online and there are some great options! However, my boyfriend insisted that he’d like to sit on the couch before purchasing, which is a reasonable request since it’s our first big home purchase. The best thing we have come across is Bassett Furniture.

    It is the only furniture store I’ve walked in and immediately found things I liked. The store was styled really nicely and didn’t feel like a warehouse of overpriced and unloved pieces of furniture. We found out that they did custom furniture options where you pick the appropriate sized couch (for us it would be an XL because of the height/depth we were searching for + fits my boyfriend), sectional style, style of the couch (they have quite a bit to choose from. My favorite reminds me of the Henry from West Elm), arm/leg style, and the fabric. It sat really comfortably for us, which means it was comfy while still holding it’s shape and not being too “plushy.” We are waiting until closer to our move to order, but it’s the only couch we have both mutually agreed on.

    Here it is for reference: https://www.bassettfurniture.com/Custom-Designed-L-Shaped-Upholstered-Sectional-DZ26726.asp

    Best of luck! The search for a new couch can be daunting, but I feel confident that you’ll pick the right one. P.S. I do love the new way you chose to face your sectional! It really does open up the room!

    • Your situation sounds just like ours! Finn is tall and said the exact same thing…he had to sit on it before purchasing!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Bassett Furniture…I didn’t even think about that store, but not I’ll have to look into it!

      Good luck with your move & new couch purchase Ashlee!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl I like #3 and #5! Good luck!!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl I like #3 and #5! Good luck!!

  • Toria Smith

    The Davis Sectional from Crate and Barrel gives the option for left or right chaises. It is what we have had for 4 years and love it. My husband is 6’4″ and he enjoys being able to be on one side while I have the other.

  • You have such a gorgeous living room! Finding a couch is something I always struggled with, but it’s good that you have a plan!

    • Thanks so much Katherine! It’s a big purchase, so it’s tough!

  • You have such a gorgeous living room! Finding a couch is something I always struggled with, but it’s good that you have a plan!

    • Thanks so much Katherine! It’s a big purchase, so it’s tough!

  • Allison Walentowicz

    Have you considered JoyBird? I’m obsessed. And you can custom design your furniture and your fabric.

    • I totally agree! The only bad thing is the “sit test” that my husband really wants to have before purchasing. Do you know if they have any showrooms?

    • Allison Walentowicz

      Looks like they let you test drive it. https://joybird.com/home-trial/

  • Allison Walentowicz

    Have you considered JoyBird? I’m obsessed. And you can custom design your furniture and your fabric.

    • I totally agree! The only bad thing is the “sit test” that my husband really wants to have before purchasing. Do you know if they have any showrooms?

    • Allison Walentowicz

      Looks like they let you test drive it. https://joybird.com/home-trial/

  • Marie Clements

    Which are most comfortable?

    • We visited Interior Define (couch #1) a few weekends ago and it was reaaaaallly comfortable. So my husband is definitely a fan of that one.

  • Marie Clements

    Which are most comfortable?

    • We visited Interior Define (couch #1) a few weekends ago and it was reaaaaallly comfortable. So my husband is definitely a fan of that one.

  • pagingdrdisco

    have you considered lkea landskrona grey leather? we have 2 sectionals and we love them.

    • I hadn’t even thought about Ikea! That’s a great idea though!

  • pagingdrdisco

    have you considered lkea landskrona grey leather? we have 2 sectionals and we love them.

    • I hadn’t even thought about Ikea! That’s a great idea though!