Welcome Home: Best for Mexico: Sectionals with performance fabric

Many people prefer to purchase a sectional instead of a sofa for their home in Mexico.  A sectional is much more versatile than a sofa since it can be customized for the exact shape of your room.  Sectionals also provide more seating space and are great for stretching out.

When sectionals first entered the scene back in the Victorian era, they were certainly not as comfortable as they are today.  Victorian sectionals were made by sliding two couches together.  These sofas were wide and high backed with wood trim on the upper back and arms.  The backs and seat were padded with thick, soft cushions.  Sectionals were not L-shaped since corner pieces were not used.

The sectional as we know them today came into their own in the mid-twentieth century.  The sectional design changed from having an ornate look to having a more low-profile and sleek appearance.  This aligned with the minimalist approach in home décor at the time.  Bold, geometric shapes in fabric covers were also hot.  During this period and for the first time, furniture buyers could also select the option of a sleeper as one of the pieces of the sectional.  Granted, the first sleeper sectionals were not very comfortable to sleep on, but it did usher in the era of a multi-use sectional.
Today, sectionals come in a myriad of pieces to fit every space and every lifestyle.  That said, there are three main configurations most people select when purchasing a sectional sofa.

One option is a sectional that has a chaise longue (yes, that is spelled correct – it is referred to historically as a longue, and in the northern hemisphere as a lounge).  This configuration often referred to as a simple sectional has two or three seats like a regular sofa and then one long end piece.  The chaise longue can be either on the left or the right side depending on the shape of your room.
Another option is a U sectional.  This is an excellent solution for large families and when you expect to entertain a lot.  U sectionals have a center piece and then a two or three seat piece on each end of the center.  This configuration is perfect for after-dinner guests who want to relax and have some intimate conversations.

Gaining popularity is the pit sectional.  This is perfect for a media room where you or the kids watch TV or Netflix.  It is the most fun, cozy way to relax.  The best way to envision this configuration is to imagine a large square seating area that is like a large bed, with no arms on one side.     


In the design world, sectionals are considered a more relaxed piece of furniture than a sofa.  Since our homes in Mexico are where we go to unwind, it makes perfect sense to incorporate one.

Regardless sectional or sofa, make sure to select a performance cover.  Available in many colors designs res, any liquid spilled on them will bead up and roll right off.  Comfortable sectionals and sofas with performance fabrics are available at SOLutions Mexico (www.solutionsmexico.com) and The Furniture Store.


Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.