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Right Arm Facing/Left Arm Facing Sectional Sofas - How to Tell the Difference

Right Arm Facing/Left Arm Facing Sectional Sofas - How to Tell the Difference

When shopping for a sectional sofa, the array of terms describing upholstery, colors, etc. can make your head spin. What seems to confuse some the most are the "Right Arm Facing" (RAF) and "Left Arm Facing" (LAF) orientations.

To generalize, which one is which depends on the location of the section as you're facing it not as you're sitting in it. Also, the location of the section jutting out toward you determines the orientation of the overall piece of furniture. I know it sounds a bit puzzling. See below for specific examples that will clear things up.

Milo Italia MI80186248CASH Baylee Collection 2pc Sectional Sofa

Baylee MI80186248CASH Lifestyle Baylee MI80186248CASH Dimensions

When you're looking at this sofa, the chaise section is on the left and the sofa section is on the right. This is a sectional sofa with an LAF chaise and an RAF Sofa.

As you can see in the dimensions, the section jutting toward you as you're facing the piece is on the left. Thus, this is an LAF sectional sofa.

Milo Italia MI86653452CHAR Elisha Collection 2pc Sectional Sofa

Elisha MI86653452CHAR Lifestyle Elisha MI86653452CHAR Dimensions

When you're looking at this sofa, the sofa section is on the left and the loveseat section is on the right. This is a sectional sofa with an LAF sofa and an RAF loveseat.

As you can see in the dimensions, the section jutting toward you as you're facing the piece is on the right. Thus, this is an RAF sectional sofa.

Milo Italia MI6249294177PUTT Abbigail Collection Sectional Sofa

Abbigail MI6249294177PUTT Lifestyle Abbigail MI6249294177PUTT Dimensions

When you're looking at this sofa, the double reclining loveseat with console section is on the left and the single reclining loveseat is on the right. This is a sectional sofa with an LAF double reclining loveseat with console and an RAF single reclining loveseat.

As you can see in the dimensions, the section jutting toward you as you're facing the piece is on the left. Thus, this is an LAF sectional sofa.

Milo Italia MI5555SEC2PCRLSCOFF Taliyah Collection 2pc Sectional Sofa

Taliyah MI5555SEC2PCRLSCOFF Lifestyle Taliyah MI5555SEC2PCRLSCOFF Dimensions

When you're looking at this sofa, the sofa section is on the left and the loveseat section is on the right. This is a sectional sofa with an LAF sofa and an RAF loveseat.

As you can see in the dimensions, the section jutting toward you as you're facing the piece is on the right. Thus, this is an RAF sectional sofa.

Now you'll be able to shop for sectional sofas with confidence without being intimidated by jargon with regards to furniture orientation. As for colors, design, and upholstery material, that all depends on your own tastes.

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