How to Pick an Outdoor Sectional Sofa for Your Seattle Patio

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Outdoor sectional sofas are the ultimate in outdoor relaxation. They turn the average patio into an alfresco destination that is ideal for everything from a relaxing morning coffee to a celebratory evening cocktail and everything in between. 

What is an Outdoor Sectional?

Sectionals (aka sectional sofas) are multi-piece upholstered furniture comprised of two more adjoining sections. Like their in-door sisters, outdoor sectionals are generally L shaped, though they can be found in nearly any configuration you wish. Unlike their indoor counterparts, outdoor sectionals are designed to better withstand the elements, such as sun and rain. 

Do You Need a Sectional in the Seattle Area?

Whether you live in downtown Seattle or a suburb like Bellevue, an outdoor sectional allows you to better capitalize on every bit of Seattle sun. Even on overcast days, a comfy outdoor space can be a warm retreat with the right clothing and outdoor heaters. You might find those crisp days outside downright refreshing. 

5 Things to Consider When Shipping for an Outdoor Sectional

1. Size

The first thing to consider when shopping for any outdoor furniture is how much space you have. Get a measuring tape and actually measure your patio or balcony. Before you get your heart set on an outdoor sectional, make sure you can accommodate one.

Discovered that your deck isn’t quite big enough for an oversized sofa? Don’t worry! There are plenty of space-friendly options available. Check out our guide on how to turn your condo balcony into an oasis.

2. Material  

An outdoor sectional is an investment piece. You don’t want to have to replace it every year. That is why it is important to buy an outdoor sectional that is made with high-quality, weather-resistant materials. 

Our carefully curated selection of sectionals ranges from teak made from heart wood to resin wicker woven around powder-coated aluminum frames. Before settling on any one material, you will want to consider how it will look with the aesthetics of your home and outdoor space. 

One thing that can make your indoor space feel bigger is by mimicking your interior style outside. This helps your home visually flow onto your deck, creating a sense that you have more square footage. 

3. Capacity

How do you plan to use your sectional? Will it typically be shared by you and a partner? Do you like to host cocktail pastries? Will this serve as your outdoor movie spot for the family? Take a moment and consider how many people the sectional needs to seat. It’s always best to have an extra seat than not enough room for the whole group. 

4. Shape

L-shaped and U-shaped sectionals are always in-style. Depending on your space, one may suit your needs better than the other. One advantage of L-shaped sectionals is they tend to offer more configuration options. This allows you the freedom to re-arrange your seating based on your needs at any given time. 

5. Additional Seats and Tables

As you build out your patio, you may want to add additional pieces, such as an outdoor dining set, coffee table or love seat. One thing to consider is how your sectional will look visually with these additional pieces. 

Some outdoor sectionals are part of a larger collection. If you want every piece to match, this is your best bet. Alternatively, you may want to look for additional pieces in a cohesive style, such as being built from the same material. This can give you more design freedom while still creating a space that’s not visually jarring. 

Can You Add On to an Existing Outdoor Sectional?

If you already have a sectional and you’d like to add an additional section to it, this may be possible. You’ll want to know what sectional you have, so we can determine if it’s still being manufactured. If it is, we can help you order the extra pieces you want. 

However, it’s important to keep in mind that even the most durable patio furniture can weather over time. The new pieces may be visually distinctive from their older counterparts. One way to limit this visual distinction is by updating the patio cushion covers. 

Stop by our Seattle or Bellevue location to shop for your new outdoor sectional sofa.