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Truly one of the biggest shocks of adulthood is finding out how expensive things are. And we're not talking about buying a house or going on vacation—not the stuff you already know is an expense. We're talking about the basics of living: Desks, dining tables, couches, mirrors. Seriously, why so exorbitantly expensive?
Anyway, sectional couches are up there when it comes to normal home items that turn out to be incredibly pricey. They're often bigger, for one, and have a larger seating capacity than their smaller sofa counterparts. That means they'll need to be stronger, to hold more people and heavier weights.
Still, companies have been coming out with sectional couch designs that don't do quite as much damage on the bank account. Listen, if you're in the market to spend three grand and above on a perfectly matched sectional couch to your room, be our guest. There's no shortage of options for you there. But for more reasonable sectional shopping, we've rounded up 11 of the best ones that are around $1,000 or under. It's still a big expense, of course, but it'll become one of the most used pieces of furniture in the house—and that's exactly the kind of piece worth investing in.
Upholstered Sectional Sofa
The bigger a sectional gets, the pricier it gets, and it's generally hard to find a five-seater that comes close to $1,000. This Target one does, though. It's made with a solid wood frame and a soft, velvety gray upholstery. It's a solid choice for big spaces that need ample seating.
This one does require some assembly, and the legs are made with plastic—that makes it a bit easier to assemble but is not as high quality of a leg material as you might find on some pricier options.
Jones Two-Piece Upholstered L-Sectional
This Allmodern couch looks a lot more expensive than it is with its modern, minimal design. It comes in two pieces and seats three people comfortably. The sectional itself is stationary but you can choose from a right- or left-facing chaise. The cool velvet fabric comes in a few colors—light gray dark gray, navy, and green—but they sell out quickly. Best to take your measurements and plan your buy so you can nab it once your preferred combination is restocked.
Cushy Lounge Sectional Set
Yes, this is a sectional Pottery Barn made for teens, and no, we don't mind if we do also. Sectionals are expensive, and sometimes all you really need is a comfy place to sit, especially if that's in a basement or a little reading nook. The on-the-floor cushioning leans into boho decor style but you can always upgrade it with an add-on pedestal base.
You have a ton of choice here, too, from a range of neutral colors and a few fabric options: Faux suede or fur, velvet, or canvas.
L-Shaped Sectional Sofa
This sectional can fit up to five people (although a bit comfier with four) and is one of the lowest prices of the bunch. This is great for adding a ton of seating on a budget, but it's better served for out-of-the-way spaces like a basement or game room. Each seat of the sectional has legs, which makes it more supportive to sit on but gives it a bit busier of a look.
Oliver 2-Piece Chaise Sectional
Count on West Elm to design a sectional that's compact and just under $1,000, while still keeping all home decor vibes on point. It technically seats three, though it's a comfier fit with two. This isn't the squishiest couch in the world, but the firmness can work in places like an office which is made for more straight-laced lounging. Plus, you can add on a white glove assembly for them to bring it right to the room you need it in.
Revive Upholstered Sectional Sofa
This Modway sofa has a comfy L-shape and comes in fun mid-century modern colorways that add life to the room. Choose from a right or left side chaise and soften up the vibes with some good throw pillows. It's a solid sectional overall, but don't expect a cloud-soft landing. Some reviewers found it too firm.
Gesregan Sofa & Chaise
This couch is compact but still feels inviting; the arms are slightly splayed out, which makes it feel like you can really fit three people on it without getting up in each other's personal space. Choose from a white, gray, or black leather upholstery and left or right chaise. It requires assembly but is on the simpler side.
Modern Velvet L-Shape Sectional Sofa
The noticeably extra-wide chaise lounge on this sectional is the standout detail of this couch, and one that makes it all the more inviting. It's low to the ground and the arms lay flat, giving it a more modern feel. It's on the cheaper side but some reviewers say it's a rather involved assembly process.
Sometimes you just need a bright velvet sectional and this is exactly that. The jewel-tone green velvet is a statement, great for spaces that could use a jolt of personality. You can reverse the side the chaise is on, and the whole thing requires assembly. The cushions feel more foamy than they do a soft pillow.
Sofa & Chaise
For a small sectional that doesn't feel small, it's this 90-inch wide one. It doesn't take up a ton of space in its width but the seats themselves have depth, so it feels more like it's made for lounging. The dark gray corduroy and shorter arms make it all around cozy.
Chamberlin Recycled Leather Sectional Sofa
UO's recycled leather sofa is just above $1,000, but it's worth that extra $99 for a high-quality couch. This leather sectional just does it right without skipping any corners. It's well-made, comfy to sit on, and designed with recycled leather. The ottoman is detachable, too, so you can move and shift it as your seating needs change. It does carry extra shipping cost and it can take upwards of weeks or months to get to you.
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