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 here: 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!"

 

If you have questions and don't care to keep going through this website to seek the answers, please call 1-800-659-0436, leaving a message and a number to call back if we aren't there at the time, or send e-mail to info@comfy1.com .

 

Separable L-Shaped Sectional Sofa Arrangements

Our sectional sofas as shown above, once assembled, can only be separated by disassembling them to component parts that are no longer seats (until they are re-assembled). We call those "Type A" sectionals. They are well suited to normal residential use, on the assumption that they will remain in place almost all of the time. But they are vulnerable to damage if they are moved around frequently while assembled.

For group facilities, or other places where there is likelihood of the sofa's being moved around often (as is likely during regular cleaning by outside staff), separable sectional sofas ("Type B") are more appropriate. Those consist of (a) a two-arm sofa on one side and (b) a sofa or chair with an armless side that will butt up against the two-arm sofa.

 

There are some minor complications that need to be considered with regard to separable sectional sofas:

1) A Virginia-style arm cannot be used for the arm that will be behind the corner (That arm style is too low to support the corner back cushion).

 

2) The range of possible sizes is somewhat limited compared with our Type A sectionals, unless misalignment in the corner (such as shown in this picture on the right) is OK with you. See the note in the picture.

 

(The optional back cushion that you see on the right side of the corner in this photo is specially shaped to go in that location, to become about even with the tops of neighboring back cushions, despite the fact that it sits on a higher, rounded part of the seat.)

 

Oak sectional hand made3) 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 right). As shown in an earlier picture, a coffee table in front would hide this unevenness. Also, we can make both front rails in a 5-1/4"-high, straight-across construction (as seen on left). (Some people prefer the greater access to the space below, which goes with the narrower, shaped front rails.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

PRICING of our sectional sofas is complicated, since there are so many different sizes and options, and since every one we make is different. There are illustrative prices shown under some of the pictures in this section, but to get a price quote on the particular size and model you're considering, please give us a call or send an e-mail.

Standard LENGTHS: The following are the standard base lengths that we make on either side of our sectionals. (Note that all lengths include the distance from the very back edge in the corner to the outside bottom of the leg on each extending side.) For an L-shaped sectional, you would need to choose two of the lengths below:

56", 59", 62", 65" and 71" (these 5 lengths include the corner section plus one seat) ,
83", 89" and 95"
(corner section plus two seats), and
107", 116", and 125"
(corner unit plus three seats).

Keep in mind that if you choose the Virginia model arms, which flare outward as you see above, you must add 3 1/2" to the above lengths. And the padded arm wraps for a California, New Jersey or Maryland sectional, if you choose the padded arms, add 2". An armless side subtracts 1" from any of the above sizes. Three-sided sectionals: For the back-corner-to-back-corner length of the side that will be in the middle, add 30" to any of the sizes above. In addition to these standard lengths, we can also make special in-between sizes (at a $90 surcharge for the special work, on top of the price for the next longer size) or longer sizes for a large surcharge.

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, 2" more for a padded arm wrap, 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 an inch or so.

 

For detailed information about our standard and optional heights, cushion types, firmnesses, and seating dimensions, click here

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 ($350 for a sectional up to 3" higher, or $510 for 3 1/2" to 6" higher). 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.

If you have questions and don't want to keep going through this website to seek the answers, please call 1-800-659-0436, leaving a message and a number to call back if we aren't there at the time. To send e-mail, click here.

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 $65 to $110, packing and shipping to the U.S. west coast would add 19% 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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A rear view of a Virginia model sectional, 95" x 95".