Comfy 1 Sectionals, in Custom Sizes, p. 3
One member of this household temporarily has to be satisfied to check out the newly-arrived sectional from outdoors, while another puts it to enjoyable use right away. From what we've heard, the corner tends to be the most popular spot on one of our sectionals, not only for sitting but also for stretching out into it. That location is also the most central place for contact with other family members. (For sitting there, most men would want to put a big pillow or two into the corner so that they can rest their feet on the floor).
After perusing the excellent fabric selection in our showroom, our southern Maryland customers were able to find just the right color for this room. Matching a pet's hair is often a special challenge, but apparently our customers have always been able to succeed with that, including in one case involving two dogs with different hair colors.
Even customers for whom our Virginia showroom isn't convenient are able to find just the right fabric, (1) at local fabric stores, (2) on the internet (with samples available on request), and (3) via samples from us, once we receive a description of the kind(s) of fabrics that the customer is interested in. The "fabrics" section of this website provides extensive guidance on finding the right fabric.
Shown above: 110" x 86" Virginia sectional, with light blonde finish, standard back height and depth, and standard foam cushioning.
What could be a more congenial, comfortable, and beautiful way of seating your family and guests than a Comfy 1 Sectional?
Well, the only better thing we can think of is two Comfy1 sectionals, such as these purchased by a couple (who are grandparents) on the New Jersey shore. Shown: 83" x 107" sectional and 59" x 71" sectional (with minor variations according to arms ordered), with our Light Fruitwood stain and a fabric that our customer found at a local Calico Corners store. And the way this couple made their purchase(s) is something anybody may want to consider: Buy one first, see how it fits and how they like it, and get a better picture of how best to use the remaing space, before ordering the second one.
Subdued colors, to blend with the surroundings. This customer, for a home on the coast of Maine, chose a neutral color for blending with the rocky terrain outside. The fabric is a soft chenille, with a lot of character in its weave, which is available in a wide selection of colors from Kravet, to be seen in our showroom, in many fabric shops, or on their web site (referred to in the fabric section of this web site), with samples of specific colors available on request.
The word gets around. You may notice similarities between some of these pictures. It started with an architect and his wife who bought our furniture for their own home (below). Years later, an Ohio couple buying a house plan found out about us from the architect (their sectional is shown on the previous page). And later a Maine couple likewise (above). (Needless to say, it's important to us to make sure that every customer is pleased with his or her order.)
Ten years of use plus sun exposure would normally mean that an old sectional sofa would be going to the ever-growing landfills, if it hadn't long since gone there. In addition to the big expense of buying a replacement, a major effort could be needed to find a sectional that fits this space. But in the case of furniture made by us, arranging for a good-as-new sectional, sofa or chair is comparatively easy and economical. Following our standard routine, all that our customers had to do to renew this sectional was to request fabric swatches that would satisfy their new color scheme as well as their fiber content preferences, then order a new set of covers, and later change the covers. (A complete set of covers for a sectional as shown here, including shipping, was $901 in the fabric shown in Jan. 2008, and would have been that much or less in thousands of other quality fabrics; obviously, some fabrics would be higher.) All of our cushion covers are zippered, but it requires some effort to change them since we intentionally make them a tight fit, unless the customer requests a looser fit. Replacement arm covers on current models can just be slipped onto the padded forms and secured with hook-and-loop (velcro-type) fasteners. If the back of the frame is exposed, re-covering that would usually require unbolting the back, wrapping new fabric around it, and stapling at the inside edges, but in most cases not even that is necessary.
The back cushions shown here had an earlier version of our "puffy" filling option. Such pillowy cushions might settle with use, but they are easy to plump up. Also, our current version of this filling option has narrow vertical blocks of foam inside that provide resistance to settling.
Cotton lovers and people with sunny rooms, please note: We normally recommend avoiding reds, blues, dark colors, and cotton fabrics if your furniture will receive a lot of exposure to sunlight. But much depends on the intensity of the exposure. Our customers with the room shown above had a blue cotton fabric for their first ten years, and they had fading, but (even with their large skylights) it wasn't bad enough to keep them from ordering another cotton fabric for their replacement covers. Special factors in this case: (1) this room is on the north side of the house, (2) the house is in central Maine, and (3) surrounding trees provide shade.
If you like architecture such as shown in the two pictures above, or are interested in small-house designs and might have a house built some day, architectural plans are available from Knight Associates, with a website at knightarchitect.com.
What says "family fun and togetherness" better than a sectional sofa?
And what better way to make the best use of your space than with a sectional that's just the right size for your room? Together with just the right fabric, that's durable, cleanable, and the right color. If you buy from us, these things are routine. The snapshots here were sent to us by one of our customers in Massachusetts, who wrote, "...our sectional ...is great, wonderful! My husband and I think it is very clever how it all fits together, it only took us less than an hour, including opening boxes, to get it into our family room [and assembled]. Our two girls love it!"
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What these sectional consist of, and pricing:
Our L-shaped sectionals consist of (a) a two-arm sofa or loveseat on one side, and (b) a one-arm sofa or chair for the other side of the L; the end without an arm will butt up against the front of the two-arm sofa, at one end. For three-sided sectionals, see below.
The standard lengths of the sofas that can be used for the two-arm sofa are 52", 58", 64", 76", 85", 94",100", 112", and 124". (The 64", 94", and 124" lengths would give the best-aligned appearance in the corner -- see picture below.) If your available space is very limited, see note below.* The lengths for the one-arm sofa or chair could be 25", 28", 31", 34", 40", or any of the longer lengths itemized just above. (Note that the seating width would be 4" less than the quoted lengths, because the quoted lengths allow for the thickness of two arms, which is how our furniture is usually sold.) To determine the total length on that side of the sectional, all the way to the back corner, the 33" depth of the two-arm sofa should be added to the length of the one-arm sofa or chair, and the 2" thickness of one (absent) arm should be subtracted, meaning that a net 31" should be added to any of the above lengths to determine the total length into the corner, on that side of the sectional.*
*Bear in mind that the optional padded arm wraps would add 2" per arm to the above lengths at the armtop height, Virginia-style arms would add 3-1/2" per arm, and Custom 05 arms would add 1-1/2" per arm.
The price for a sectional would be the sum of the prices for the two lengths chosen (or three lengths if you want a three-sided sectional), in the design chosen. Inserted below are the prices for the various lengths of our best-selling model, the Florida model:
Chairs: 28" wide - $1395; 31" wide - $1475; 34" - $1575; 40" - $1755.
Two-seaters: 52" long - $2165; 58" - $2275; 64" - $2405.
Three-seaters: 76" - $2650; 85" - $2880; 94" - $3140.
Four-seaters: 100" - $3480; 112" - $3880; 124" - $4220
Keep in mind that, for the side of the sectional that will have a one-arm sofa, you need to add 31" to the quoted length of the one-arm sofa to find the total length of the sectional on that side, because of the depth (front-to-back dimension) of the two-arm sofa that it will butt up against.
For prices that would apply to the other models, go to the pages for the armless sofas and chairs, California model, Virginia model, or Custom 05 model, to see the prices for those approximate lengths in those other models.
In addition to these standard lengths, we can also make special in-between sizes (at a $150 surcharge for the special work, on top of the price for the next longer size) or longer sizes for a large surcharge.
Three-sided sectionals: These could consist of either
-- A long two-arm sofa at the base of the "U" (normally 124", but 112" would also be reasonable), with a one-arm sofa extending out from each end; or
-- A two-arm sofa on each side of the U; at the bottom of the U would be a sofa with no arm at either end, forming a seating connection between the two-arm sofas.
Appearance from the rear: The appearance from the rear would be clean and unbroken only behind the two-arm sofa. Behind the other side of an L-shaped sectional, there would be dissimilar things coming together where the back of the one-arm piece butts up against the arm of the two-arm sofa. A potted bush, small table or other furnishing could be placed at that location to make the discontinuity less noticeable.
Appearance if the no-arm end of a one-arm sofa or chair should become exposed: If the sectional is pulled apart and that (normally-hidden) end becomes exposed, that end will not look good; the viewer would see a structure that holds the frame together strongly but is not intended to look good (although it could be painted any color). If you want that end to be presentable, you can order an "armless" side to go there ($60 extra); but be aware that the armless side has about an inch of thickness, which would create a visible gap where the sections of a sectional come together. (But this could be concealed by placing a decorative "throw" over the gap.)
There are some minor complications that need to be considered with regard to these sectional sofas:
1) If you would be bothered by misalignment in the corner (such as shown in this picture on the right), the length for the two-arm sofa would have to be either 64", 94", or 124".
2) With our Florida, Virginia, or New Jersey models, the regular curvature of the front rails would cause unevenness where the end of one front rail comes up next to a middle section of the other front rail (as shown below). To deal with that concern, we can make both front rails in a 5-1/4"-high, straight-across construction (as seen below right) at no extra charge.
3) If the Virginia model is your preference, a Virginia-style arm can be used for the arm that will be behind the corner only if that arm will be against a wall, with an added support behind the cushion. (That arm style is too low and too soft to properly support the corner back cushion). If you want the Virginia arms at the exposed ends of the sectional, you can either (a) choose a Florida-type arm for the sofa end that will be in the back corner, or (b) plan to have that corner against a wall, with an added support behind the back cushion. (We can make a suitable support piece, covered with a neutral fabric, for $15.)
Q: Which should we buy for our room, a sectional or separate sofas?
A: Each has pros and cons, which mean different things to different people.
Disadvantages of a sectional: (1) One of our normal sectionals does not allow flexibility for re-arranging the layout of your furniture, compared with having separate pieces, and that could be important if you move. (2) Also in case of a move, one of our normal sectionals must be disassembled and later re-assembled at the new location (but that is a fairly quick and easy process, requiring about half an hour at each end of the move, and making it easy to carry almost anywhere, mainly in the form of flat pieces.) (3) Compared with two separate sofas coming together at their front corners at a right angle (and leaving open area going to the very back corner of the adjoining space), filling in that corner space with a sectional corner adds about $600 to the price, which is probably more expensive than a typical table to fill in that space.
Advantages of one of our sectionals: (1) Filling in the corner by means of a sectional doesn't add an addtional normal seat, but (a) it does add more space for reclining, a crucial consideration for many people, (b) if someone sits into the corner at an angle, with an extra pillow or two placed in the corner, it provides a nice, deep-sitting, loungey place to sit, especially for a long-legged person, and (c) it's also a seat for somebody who likes sitting with her or his legs turned under one's body, a normal position for many women and children. (2) Filling in that corner with cushioning is important for many people to allow around-the-corner personal contact that wouldn't be possible with separate sofas. Various studies have found that caring touch is very good for both body and spirit, reducing stress and consequently disease (AARP magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2006, p. 46). (3) For some people it's an aesthetic aspect of their decor; they like the unifying look of a sectional continuing around a corner. (4) For some, a sectional provides a warm, welcoming appearance, indicating an assumption of congeniality.
You can be confident that we will get the measurements right in anything we make. When we write up an order, we discuss it carefully with the customer and then complete a birds-eye view diagram of your sectional on the order form. We then send you a copy for your confirmation and records. When it is being manufactured, the owner checks on it especially carefully as the measurements of each component are being written up for cutting; and again when it is in final form before being packed up or delivered. We have made many sectionals since the late '80s with only one dimension problem, which happened when the customer didn't look carefully at the bird's-eye-view diagram. Please do check that carefully when you receive your copy of an order.
Don't underestimate the size sectional that you will need for the number of people you plan to seat on it. You should keep in mind the following: (1) The space that's usable for normal sitting (with your feet resting on the floor) doesn't start until 32 1/2" out from the corner; and (2) even then, seating starts at 32 1/2" only on one side, because if two people are each sitting right next to the corner of one of these sectionals, their feet and legs would come out into the same space (see diagram below).
If you lay out some dining chairs in a right-angle arrangement (as shown below), and let people sit as close together as they feel comfortable sitting for a while, this will allow you to figure how much seating space you need on each side of a sectional.
"X" marks the leg-conflict area, which means that you have to move person 3 or person 2 away from the corner (A) a little.
In addition to allowing 32 1/2" for the depth of the frame before normal sitting space starts, also allow for the thickness of the side (3/4" for an armless side, 2" for a wood arm, 6 1/2" for a Virginia arm, or 3 1/2" for Custom 05). Make sure that the remaining length is sufficient for comfort for your intended occupants, including extra allowance in the leg-conflict area. Be especially concerned about leg conflict if you're considering any size less than 59" on one or both sides. Even 59" on both sides would be crowded for many people.
If your space is limited, be sure to note that the molding at the base of your walls will push the sectional away from the wall 1-1/2" or so.
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Exact pricing depends on size, fabric choice and other options. Options include firmer cushions, higher backs ($2 per inch of length for 2"-higher back) and higher seat heights off the floor. Our home page shows our 800 number and has a link for sending e-mail to us, so that you can request more information. For more information on our pricing in relation to the long-term value of our furniture, if you haven't already read this section elsewhere in our site, click here . Discounts /completion times: Our standard completion time, for orders at the list price, is five or six weeks.* If you can wait as much as six months, we deduct 10% off the base price of the furniture. But, to repeat, our standard completion time is five to six weeks. Since our sales levels fluctuate considerably and unpredictably, we offer discounts to customers who don't expect their furniture soon. This provides a backlog of orders to keep our people working during lulls in sales levels; and it allows easier handling of the full-price orders when we have a surge of them, since the work time of fully-trained workers can be diverted from long-term orders toward more pressing orders at those times. If we don't have surges, the long-term orders come through early, but the customer still gets the full discount. Better advance knowledge of what we'll need to produce also allows us to order supplies better, to hire and train at a moderate pace, and to group our work into efficient batches of similar products.
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We do not presently charge sales tax on orders shipped or delivered to points outside Virginia (although legislation is pending that could, at any time, require us to collect other states' sales taxes; and many states expect people to remit tax to the state in the amount that would be charged on an in-state purchase.)
Delivery in the D.C. beltway-Charlottesville-Richmond-Annapolis area would add $100 to $150, packing and shipping to the U.S. west coast would add 22% of the base price, and delivery or shipping to other locations in the contiguous 48 U.S. states and southeastern Canada would be somewhere in between depending on distance from north-central Virginia; for shipments outside the above areas, please call or e-mail for quote, indicating nature of potential order.
*Our "normal" completion time is subject to change if we receive a surge of orders, which can happen at any time (but we would make that clear when an order is placed); this tends to happen especially in the last months of the year. If you can plan farther in advance of when you really need the furniture, it's better.
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