Living Room

Sofa vs. Sectional, Which is Best For You?

Published On: March 3, 2014

With March roaring in like a lion it’s a perfect time to come in to any of our showrooms and look at all the new furniture we have received.  Of late, we have had large number of customers shopping for sofas and sectionals. Whether you’ve just moved into a new space or are redecorating your home, you may be facing the same dilemma: Should you shop for a sofa or a sectional? There are many pros and cons to examine when you’re making this purchasing decision. For example: what works best in the space? How many are there in your household or family? Is comfort or design more important to you?  And, how do you plan to use your living room?

Thinking about all of these questions when shopping can be overwhelming. So here is a breakdown of things to consider when shopping for a sofa versus sectional.


Take a look at your space from a far. Whether it’s a new or old space, take note of the windows, entryways, and even ground heating vents. Do you have low windows that might be blocked by a sectional on one side? Or will a sectional with a chaise make an entryway into the room difficult? By taking a look at the structural elements of your room, you’ll be able to understand what shape of furniture will work in the space. And luckily, Crowley Furniture offers left- and right-facing options on almost all their sectionals.


Take some time to think about how you will be using the space, and who will be using the space. Is it for entertaining or TV watching? Is it a place where kids and the dog hang out, or a place where you read by yourself? Think about the function of this piece of furniture and how many people it should accommodate. If you have a smaller space and it’s just you or a significant other, a loveseat or smaller sofa makes the most sense. Do you have kids or a dog? Then look for a larger sectional.

Comfort or Design, or Both?

There’s one other perspective to consider when you’re thinking about designing for your new space: comfort and design. Overall a more traditional living room is one with a sofa and two accent chairs, or a sofa and a loveseat. And this combination can definitely be comfortable when paired with an ottoman, despite the absence of a sectional chaise. If you’re looking for a space to feel more elegant or put together, then try out one of these options. If the room is not meant to be super formal, then a sectional is a great option here.

Today’s Recliners Aren’t Your Fathers Recliners

Published On: November 5, 2013

One of the greatest recent improvements in furniture has taken place by adding power to the furniture.  Think of it like the power seats in your car.   That’s right, power reclining chairs, loveseats, and even sofas.  10 or 15 years ago it was the exception to buy a car without power seats and today it is the norm.  Today it is the exception to get an automobile without power windows.  As the trend continues it will be the same with powered furniture.

Make no mistake, while powered furniture used to be stereotyped as an old persons piece of furniture that is far from the case today.  Ladies, ever struggle closing the footrest on a chair?  There are so many advantages of powered reclining furniture.  To name a few, limitless number of positions and ease of operation.

If you need to get a piece in a bonus room or a downstairs finished basement, then mechanical is the way to go.  In addition to chairs, mechanical furniture also comes in sections.  Think of a sofa as two recliners and a center piece bolted to a metal rail that forms a sofa.  So separating these pieces and transporting anywhere in your home is possible.

Motion furniture has advanced a lot in the last couple of years.  Better furniture stores in Kansas City will carry large selections to choose from.  Whether it be traditional or contemporary styles of recliners, they are also available in bold colors.  Why the boom in motion furniture?  You can thank the entertainment sector to thank. As the popularity of flat-screen TVs and gaming systems such as Wii have grown, so has the motion furniture category tried to keep up.  Manufacturers are answering homeowners’ demands for pieces that are miles removed from the old recliner look, with bold fabrics on reclining chairs, sleek styles, wooden legs – pieces that look more like regular armchairs.  A lot of people like them because they accent the room. They like them because they don’t look like a recliner but yet they’re comfortable.  With an electric motor, the user can move the footrest and the back of the chair at the flick of a switch, and control where the seat or footstool stops.

In addition to comfortable positions and stylish designs, reclining sofas and love seats have for some time also featured cup holders, snack trays and storage spaces for remote controls, DVDs and other sundry items.  In the not too distant future don’t be surprised to see motion furniture with storage spaces that include in-built charging stations for iPods and cell phones so there will be no need to get out of your seat.

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