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Furnishing the common area of shared living quarters can be a challenge. The theme and style need to be neutral enough to be pleasing to everyone who might live there, even as those apartments or rooms change occupants. If there are children, pets, or other mess-makers present within the walls of the shared home, you have some additional challenges to meet when choosing furniture that will stand up to the test of time.

Here are just a few of the things you should keep in mind when choosing the best sectional for your common area.

Decide on a theme, color, and/or style for your common area.

There are a lot of popular themes and styles that could be perfect for your common area. Of course, you want the space to be of a similar style to the kitchen, main bathroom, and outdoor areas of the home. For example, you wouldn’t want to style a Victorian home with industrial furniture.

But, from industrial chic to rustic farmhouse, Designs by Ashley offers Rawcliffe sectionals to suit any style. These sectionals are perfect because they can be dressed up, dressed down, and accessorized with throws and pillows to make them perfect for your space. The versatility of these sectionals make them the best option, because you’ll be able to redecorate later without buying additional or replacement furnishings.

Consider how your material choices will stand up to likely abuse.

One of the concerns that many people have is how materials will stand up to abuse. Unfortunately, random people are much less likely to treat common furnishings with respect. After all, they don’t have to pay to replace them, right? But this means that you should take even more care in selecting the materials for your common area.

The Rawcliffe sectional has fabric that is easy to clean and maintain. The cushions can be refluffed, flipped, or reversed. The polyester covers can be removed and cleaned separately from the sofa pieces, so you can handle more stubborn stains with additional measures. Even though these sectionals come in neutral tones, they are very easy to maintain, even with children and pets about.

Measure your area to determine how many sectional pieces are needed.

The Rawcliffe 4-piece sectional can be very attractive for common rooms as they provide ample seating. But you want to make sure that the furniture will fit before it arrives at your door. A lot of people fail to measure correctly for placement of a sectional.

Unlike other sofas, you can’t just measure length to see if it will fit. Most sectionals have much deeper seats than other types of furniture, and if you don’t measure depth before ordering your sectional might not fit your space. Of course, the 4-piece and larger sectionals can also be manipulated to fit your space.

While furnishing a common area can seem like a challenge, when you keep these things in mind and use neutral tones and themes, you will be able to create a functional space that attracts new occupants.