Sectional sofas are fun in any room because you can rearrange them to fit any design whim you might be feeling. These diverse pieces of furniture are not only for the living room but for any room in your home where you want to put one. Also, you don’t have to spend all your savings to purchase a good sectional.
We put together this list of nineteen cheap sectional sofas under $500 that can serve as the centerpiece of any room.
What Are Sectional Sofas?
Sectional sofas are just what the name implies. Couches that are made in separate sections so you can arrange it any way you wish. Sofas of this type go back to the early 1800s. A writer of the Chicago Daily Tribune claimed the reason they were so popular was because of their “utility and charm in small rooms as well as large.”
We couldn’t agree more. As with anything, before you shop for a sectional it’s important to have some information at hand so you’ll be able to find the right piece for you.
Choosing a Cheap Sectional Sofa
Here are some general guidelines for finding the right sectional for your home.
How many people do you plan to seat at any given time on your sofa? That’s how many seats you want at the least. Some sectionals come with four seats and others with twelve. There is a lot to consider when you make this decision. Do you like entertaining? Is your family big? Do your children invite their friends over regularly?
You also want to consider the size of your room. There is no use in getting a twelve-seater sofa when only seven people can fit into the room.
The look of your room says a lot about you and your tastes so what sofa you choose to fit with the overall look is imperative. You may not want your sofa to be the centerpiece but the fact is, if it’s where your guests are going to sit, then that’s what they will pay attention to.
What style is the room where the sofa is going? Are you into contemporary designs with sleek pieces that give the room the look of an art gallery? Then a clunky leather piece might not work with the look you are going for.
For this part, you’re going to need the trusty measuring tape. If you don’t have one then there are apps available for most smartphones. You are going to need the dimensions of your room. The next step is to make sure the dimensions of the sofa will fit in the room.
First, you measure the width, which is from arm to arm. This would be considered the distance that the sofa runs across the wall. When reviewing our selections be sure to remember that sectionals come apart but the dimensions shown in the product description are the total of all the pieces.
Next, measure the depth. This is the part of the sofa that comes out from the wall. It’s the part you sit on. When reading the depth dimensions of these pieces you should also take into consideration how much room you need to stretch out. Some sofas are for sitting only while others are meant to be used as napping places and areas to snuggle up.
The depth of the sofa will make a difference when it comes to laying down versus sitting. Finally, the third measurement of your sofa will have is the height, which is simply from the top to the bottom.
The final thing you should pay attention to when shopping for a sectional is the materials it is made from. There are so many reasons to do this, allergies, stain-resistance, and comfort are just a few. Here are some materials used to make sofas today.
Here we have a material that is used in all sorts of things like clothing, umbrellas, blankets, the list goes on. When it comes to sofas, cotton is wonderful when it comes to looks. It is difficult to wear or fade and it doesn’t bill easily. The only issue is it wrinkles and can get soiled. Cotton is a great material for families and sofas that will get a great deal of use.
This material is best used by adults only since it can wrinkle and stain easily.
Here we have a popular material when it comes to couches probably because it is a symbol of success and it tends to be extremely durable whether you have kids, pets, or both Leather is also easy to clean.
Wool will resist wrinkling, staining, fading, and pilling. When blended with synthetic fibers wool becomes even more durable and can be spot cleaned with ease.
This is a highly delicate fabric and should be only considered if you don’t plan on sitting on this sofa very often since it needs professional cleaning when dirtied.
The first of our synthetic fibers, polyester is ideal for sofas because it resists crushing, fading, and wrinkling.
One of the strongest upholstery fabrics on the market because, when blended with other fabrics, it can prevent pilling, fading, and crushing.
If you are a fan of leather but it’s a little out of your price range then vinyl might be the right choice for you. It’s just as tough and comfortable.
Families would be smart to get a sofa made from this material since it is one of the most durable through heavy use. It can resist sunlight, chemicals, stains, and abrasions.
The creators of acrylic had wool in mind when designing this fabric. It is just as resistant to stains, wrinkles fades, and general wear from use.
Now that we’ve gone over the common materials used to make sofas let’s take a look at some of the styles on the market under $500.
1. Modern Mid Century
We started this list with a handsome three-seat sectional made by Vnewone. It comes with a futon and is made from sturdy hardwood at the base. The cushions on the back are plush and comfortable for those movie nights at home. Assembly is required, which is simple and shouldn’t take much time at all. Perfect for a smaller space like apartments and studios.
2. Made For Two
Our next piece is smaller in size but that doesn’t mean it lacks in quality. Stylish and simple this sectional works well for a couple or a single person living alone. Combining the sofa with a chaise lounge the cushions of this piece are covered in linen, which gives it a crisp look. The button-tufted details on the cushions give this couch a look of comfort.
3. Blue Four Seat Reversible
With firm cushions you won’t sink into, this blueish-gray sofa will work in any living room whether it’s a condominium or a four-bedroom house. This sofa has room to fit four adults and this L shaped sofa can be switched around easily so you can always follow your redecorating muse whenever it strikes. The color goes with most others as well.
4. Velvet Plush
Our next piece is small as well, but with the high back and plush seat cushions, this piece would work well in a first apartment or the extra-large bedroom of your teenager. It comes with decorative white piping on the edges of the arms and back pillows, which gives this couch a refined look. It comes with two toss pillows as well.
5. Modern Linen Petite
Light gray is a wonderful color that matches with so many others it would be difficult to find a design theme that it didn’t fit with. SEating three this is another piece that would be perfect for a studio apartment or other small space that needs a sitting area. It’s easy to assemble and the ottoman is moveable, which offers you a reversible option.
6. Faux Leather Fun
Blue is a calming color and another hue that blends into areas well with several other colors. This piece is another four-seater with the L shape that is reversible, but the faux leather gives it a little pizzazz and the white legs make this sofa feel more modern than some we’ve seen on the list thus far.
7. Grey Microfiber Chaise
Gray seems to be a popular color but it is understandable why. I go well with everything! This piece is a three-seater and made with microfibers that keep this couch durable and comfortable. There is a bit of assembly required but once it’s up you will see how this piece will fit well into any small space without taking over.
8. Beige Isn’t Boring
Beige might not be the first color you think of when getting a sofa but it makes me think of all designs it would work with. No matter if you prefer a clean white look to your room or a dark wooded feel, this piece will go with it. You could put up sunflower wallpaper or paint the panels of your space dark green. This piece will fit.
9. Long and Loungy
We can all agree that blue is a peaceful color and this is just the feeling you want when you lay your head back on your sofa. Some of the pieces we’ve posted here are sitting sofas but this one was made for lounging. One look at the long plush sofa and you can imagine putting up your feet with a good book and a cup of tea.
10. Two Big Seats
We’ve made it halfway through our list and this sofa brings along something new. Not only is it the first sofa with black upholstery that we’ve discussed in this article, it has a style that we haven’t seen yet. Created by Söderhamn this couch looks more like two chaise lounges pushed together, which is quite lovely and cozy.
11. Green Is Good
Green is the color of all things new. The color of birth. The color of spring. This sofa could bring all of those feelings into your space. This three-seater has a modern design covered with a blended suede fabric; the thick sponge cushions are all supported by a solid wood frame. This sofa is also reversible to please the redecorator in you.
12. Deep Blue Contemporary
It’s not surprising that blue is a common color but we haven’t seen a deep blue like this. The color seeps into the fabric and almost leaves the eyes with a shade of black. The chrome legs tell your visitors that this isn’t a hand-me-down piece from your mother. Contemporary designs would do well with this sofa as a centerpiece.
13. Not Your Grandma’s Sofa
Here we have a piece that gives you room to make it what you want it to be. Resembling a futon, this sectional could be a place to chill out if you add some pillows for comfort or you can leave it clean and crisp with one throw to give your room an elegant showroom look. Or, you can keep your big pillows hidden when you are entertaining and have the best of both worlds!
14. Velvet Blue
Small is the way to go as you can see from our list. In this world of minimalism, we try not to bite off more than we can chew. This sofa does that with large seats that should be able to accommodate three sitters. The color might be blue, which we’ve seen a ton of, but the brightness of it gives this piece an inviting look to guests.
15. Grey Velvet
Another color we’ve seen a lot of on this list is grey, which is understandable since it goes well with other colors. But this one has a velvet covering and wide seats that will comfortably take care of three people. There is some assembly required but it should take no longer than twenty minutes and you will be curled up on your new sofa binging the latest show.
16. Soft Green and Modern
This sofa boasts pocket coil seats covered by soft green upholstery. Your afternoon naps will be comfortable while you are held up by a sturdy wood frame set on solid rubberwood legs covered with a black finish. Movie night will be divine on this couch and the simple design allows for you to add pillows and your touch.
17. Futon Fine
This piece is mid-century style sectional with nailhead trim detail. The cushions are covered in hand picked soft velvet covered with tufted details to give your room a fine appeal. It is all held up by a sturdy wooden frame. You can assemble the chair on the left or the right and change it around, which is the idea and why you are getting a sectional in the first place.
18. Back in Black
There was a time when everyone had a black leather sofa. Well, now might be your time. This sofa is faux leather, which is better for the environment and on your wallet in the end. It seats three for a party and two can lounge together comfortably. This also requires some assembly but once it’s up it will give your space a fresh new look.
19. Mellow Yellow
The final sectional on our list is bringing a new color into the mix; yellow. You may be the person who loves this color but thinks it won’t go with anything. Wrong!! Yellow is the new grey. It’s the new brown. It goes with everything. And the brightness of it will bring a smile to everyone’s face when they enter the room. Just keep the ketchup in the kitchen.
Now that you are familiar with the idea of a sectional sofa and have taken a look at the many suggestions we’ve put together for you we hope that you enjoyed what you learned in this article. Leave us a comment in the section below or post this article on your social media platforms so everyone can find the sectional sofa of their dreams.