30 stylish sofa sectionals available today

In 2011, I did a ton of research and identified 28 places to buy an affordable midcentury modern style sofa. Now, I’m following up with mega-research on midcentury modern style sectionals — and so far I’ve we’ve found 25 29. Sectionals are very popular today, because we all spend a lot of time lounging around the TV. And good news if you want this style — there is precedent in midcentury America.

For this research exercise:

  • Key criteria: Upholstered backs — I do not want to see pillows that are separate. “Tailored” is important, as is overall scale and lines that do not make the sectionals look like they are on steroids.
  • Some of these are more “modern” or post-modern than “mid century modern”. I gave some latitude.
  • The list is re-ordered to roughly correspond to the order I like the sectionals. But I recognize: Different strokes for different folks.
  • Please note that many of manufacturers listed make more than one design. To maintain my sanity, I show only about two per manufacturer. If you are shopping, you must dive into their websites to see them all. With this list, at least, you have a starting place — I’ve linked the retailers’ Sectional Pages, rather than individual sectionals.

Room and Board: Room and Board delivered the best-looking sectional, in my opinion: The Reese. A curve in the middle — YES! Yes, this is the most authentic midcentury look, I think. My vintage sectional, purchased at an estate sale a few years ago: Curved, just like the Reese. And, the Reese comes in a variety of non-greige colors like Spice and Teal.

You can also order the Reese without the curve.

Link: Sofa sectionals from Room & Board.

Thrive Home Furnishings:  Info coming in – four good looking sectionals at Thrive, and Made in the USA. Link: Midcentury modern style sectionals at Thrive.

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True Modern: True Modern’s Dane line seems to offer a good variety of modular pieces that you can put together to create a custom sectional. (Not just big sectionals like this). I am not sure if the cushion backs are affixed or not; but, they do have a nice tailored look, which is part of my criteria on this search. True Modern also gets near the top because they 22 colors — including some “real” colors.

Link: True Modern sectionals.

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Stressless: These Stressless Paradise sectionals (above and below) are expensive — like, starting at $10,88 — but they are oh so 70s 80s retro, I luv them. They are made in Norway — authentic “Scandinavian Modern.”

They are leather. They have all kinds of comfortable features. And they come in great, classic colors like hunter green.

Stressless’ Kelsey sectional, above, also makes my list — for the funk factor and because I love this photo with the great big plum color block. Brillian! LUV!

Link: The Stressless brand is sold at a variety of retailers across the U.S. These photos of Stressless sectionals are from Dania.

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Plummers: Over at Plummers, which seems to be a sister company to Dania, I also found the Francesca sectional, above. It has modern lines… “Euro” maybe even. Heck if I know where to draw the lines between midcentury modern and plain old today’s modern — so much of today’s modern is so derivative of midcentury modern…If anyone can illuminate on this issue, please do.

Link: Sectionals at Plummers.

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Younger Furniture: Younger Furniture has lots of great looking mid century style sofas, sectionals and chairs. The sectional above seems to be new, part of their “Younger Solutions” line.

modern sectionalAbove: Younger Furniture also has introduced a new line, Avenue 62, which has this lovely in it.

I’m also a fan of the 1970s style Grace sectional (above.) I used this one to make a 1970s mood board. Luv the corduroy.

Okay and I’m breaking my “only two” from each manufacturer rule. You can even do big plush 1980s, with the the Maria (above). I bet you can buy ottomen, put them in the center — and turn this into a Love Pit even!

Link: Midcentury style sectionals and modulars by Younger Furniture.

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Z Galleries
: Sticking with groovalistic postmodern — luv the love pit from Z Galleries. Available in three colors of leather.

Link: Love pit sectional from Z Galleries.

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Rowe: Rowe had a few sectionals with well-scaled midcentury lines. Martin sectional — above.

Dorset sectional — above.

Link: Sectionals from Rowe.

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Room and Board also has the Dean sectional, above.

Link: Sectionals from Room & Board.

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Lee Industries: The only thing I found at Lee Industries, was a page showing various pieces of their 1972-Series sectional. Looks like you can make a big, curved 1970s or 80s style sectional, or even a love pit, with these.

Link: Sectionals from Lee Industries.

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Monarch Sofas, formerly known as Sofa Craft, are made in the USA. They say they can turn any sofa design — like the Lorena, above, into a sectional.

I also like the Amanda, above — tufting with buttons on the upholstered back is good midcentury detail.

On their site, they also seem to indicate they can make a “wedge” — that is, make a curved sectional.

Link: Sectionals from Monarch Sofas.

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Gus Modern: Gus Modern is for sure working this market segment. Above: Spencer sectional.

Above: Jane sectional. They also have the Atwood, which is noted as new, but it is too upright, I think.

Link: Midcentury style sectionals from Gus Modern.

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West Elm: West Elm’s designs are not quite MCM, but I’ll show two that would be adaptable. Above: Lorimer.

And Tillary quite tickles my fancy. Those wedge backs are so Day Bed. But the overall look: Last days of disco? This shape — resurgent days ahead, for sure.

Link: Sectionals from West Elm.

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EQ3: This company seems to be mostly in Canada, with some stores in the U.S. The small Reverie sectional, above — a sofa with a chaise, really — looks nice.

Link: EQ3 sectionals.

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Ikea: I imagine that it would be hard to beat the prices at Ikea. In this mega-survey of sectionals, I am not being Consumer Reports and testing. Dollar for dollar, who provides the best value? I can’t say… Above: Ikea Karlstad in leather, around $1500.

Ikea Karlstad in cloth, $1200, above.

Link: Modular sofas from Ikea U.S.

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CB2: Okay, CB2 looks very price competitive with Ikea. Their Uno gets in for fun factor — and orange upholstery — alone.

Link: Mod sectionals from CB2.

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Lazar Industries: Lazar Industries gets a prize for da funky postmodern sectionals, like the Calcutta, above. There are also a few more “sedate” midcentury modern-esque versions to see — like the Rupert; but I could not get the image to load properly so that I could feature it here.

Link: Midcentury modern and postmodern sectionals from Lazar Industries.

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Other companies that I looked at, but did not have sectionals that made my list included: (only cushion backs… or cushion backs to poufy… too boxy… whatever) at Design Within Reach; Mitchell Gold; Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Pottery Barn; Ethan Allen; Urban Outfitters; Blu Dot; Vanguard. Reasons they did not make my cut included: Only cushion backs… or cushion backs too poufy… too boxy design overall… no sectionals in lineup… website was too difficult to navigate.

Readers, as always, I welcome any additional tips.

Do you know of additional companies that
make midcentury modern or postmodern retro style sectionals?

And of course: You can always cast your fate with the Retro Decorating Gods and shop for vintage: 136 photos of reader sofas and sectionals here.

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Comments

  1. says

    I found an amazing sectional from the 50’s on kijiji last week… in amazing shape! Now, if only I could make it mine! Ive just recently realized how great sectionals are… except not so much for wee apartments…

  2. Mike S says

    Wanted to thank you for all you are doing to keep Mid Century Modern alive.

    As I get older (turned 50 this January), I find myself yearning for the world I used to know. Was fortunate to grow up in a ’63 ranch with all the colonial trimmings, courtesy of my design-savvy mother. Have only recently discovered she saw life through Better Homes and Gardens — and have also discovered there was nothing wrong with that.

    Thanks again, Pam. I’ll return soon for another Mid Mod “Fix”!

      • Mike S says

        Thanks, and I neglected to mention that we, too, had a sectional sofa! It’s amazing that so much of what I see in here is what we had at home. Am happy so many others like the look, as well!

  3. Jody Browder says

    We purchased a sectional from BuildASofa. We are pleased with the result. You select from several fabrics with lots of colors. We chose a linen-look polyester. We went neutral but there were great colors. It’s just slightly over scale, but you can change depth or length or height. Made in California, ships in less than 5 weeks.

  4. Kirsten says

    Pam, fantastic post!

    I soooo wanted the Reese sectional, but it was just too large for our space. However, our sofa purchase was inspired by your previous 28 sofa post. So we are currently awaiting our Reese 76″ sofa in teal, which is scheduled to arrive in a few weeks. So excited!

  5. Megan H says

    I must have one of the Thrive mid century modern furniture’s Lucky Turquoise sofas. Love love love it. Made in USA!

  6. Susan says

    I just came across this FABULOUS post (thanks AGAIN, Pam!) and wanted to point out that Crate & Barrel JUST came out with a sectional version of their MCM-esque Petrie sofa:
    http://www.crateandbarrel.com/petrie-2-piece-sectional-sofa/s400483
    And they’re made in Virginia, USA.

    I’m about to purchase a Petrie Apartment Sofa. Thrive has a very similar sofa to the Petrie (both in regular size and apartment size), but theirs is just high-density foam whereas C&B makes theirs with “sinuous wire spring suspension.” Plus, I believe Thrive is online only, which means you can’t go sit in it. But their stuff looks great!

  7. Payam says

    I just purchased the Kelsey sectional from Plummers. They are manufactured by Dania-Plummers group and not Stressless company as you mentoned here :)
    They look great and very comfortable too!

    • Julia says

      How is that Kelsey sectional holding up? I am considering to buy it but would like to hear any feedback on it. Thanks in advance.

      • Payam says

        Hey Julia!
        It’s actually holding up pretty good! It’s been almost six months, and so far no major issues!

        Good thing is that you can arrange it anyway you like to fit your space. I would suggest you take good measurements before purchasing it, because it’s kinda a big furniture once you put it all together.

        The material looks pretty sturdy even-though they are not very heavy-weighted pieces.

        I also purchased some extra cushions for it from Crate & Barrel! I hope this is helpful!

        • Julia says

          Thank you so much for your reply, me and my husband going to the store this weekend to see it in person, we r trying to decode between Kelsey or Reese by room and broad, don’t want to spend too much money but want something that won’t sag over the time.

  8. Dan T says

    Just a little additional info for this old-but-still-helpful post — I have the Uno from CB2 (not in orange!) in my loft, and have been very happy with it so far. It is actually managed by RR favorite Younger Furniture, at least according to the packaging it was delivered in!

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