A comfortable sectional sofa is an excellent choice for large living room spaces. This flexible piece of furniture can transform your interior thanks to its practical shape. Whether you use individual seat units or corner pieces, sectional sofas are exceptionally adaptable. But they can be a little frustrating if the individual unit pieces come apart.
To learn how to keep sectional couch together securely, take a look at our following tips:
Use Sectional Brackets
One of the most common types of hardware that most sectionals are already installed with is a metal bracket. This hardware locks two pieces together when fitted correctly. To keep the sectional units together, look for the protruding bracket on the underside of each sofa. The main bracket will be installed on the same side of the sofa while the secondary metal bracket is installed on the opposite side of each sofa piece.
Follow these easy steps to connect your sectional units together using metal hardware:
Step 1: Count the joints. Start by counting the joints in the sofa as each hardware bracket needs to fit into these joints. For example, if your sofa has 6 sections, you’ll need 6 bracket sets to connect each section together.
Step 2: Turn the sectional over its side. Next, turn over each section to access its underside. Hold the bracket sides up to the frame beneath the sofa in order to test the fitting between the two parts of the metal bracket.
Step 3: Mark the screw locations. Take a pencil and insert it through each screw hole to mark the locations on the metal frame. Now attach a drill bit to the screwdriver or drill and make a starter hole on each marked location. Take care not to split or crack the starter hole when screwing each bracket in place.
Step 4: Install the hardware. After creating a screw through the hole, attach the hardware to the frame and tighten it with the screwdriver. Repeat this step for each hardware bracket.
Step 5: Secure the metal brackets. Now connect both sides of the pieces together based on the type of bracket you’ve purchased. You may use a fork bracket that fits onto a pin or a latch mechanism. We will talk more about the latch hardware later. Whichever hardware you use, your sectional furniture will be securely kept together.
Gate Hooks and Eyes
If you don’t have the budget to buy hardware brackets or sofa connectors, pay a visit to your local hardware store and look for gate hooks and eyes. Each sofa joint needs one gate hook and eyes so be sure to count the joints before you go. Choose hooks with a spring and lock slide to prevent them from unhooking. Install these hooks on the bottom of the couch in the front or middle part and follow the previous steps to complete the installation.
Secure the Units with Clips
Another effective way of keeping sectional sofa units together is to use clips. You can use zig zag clips with a triangle post on each side that slots into it. Attaching the metal clips to each section is super quick and easy, but you may need the help of another person.
Start by lining up the clips so they are straight. Now push from their side to secure the clip. You should hear a clicking sound. Caution: Keep your fingers away from the clips when pushing the sectional pieces together.
As mentioned before, you can attach bolt latches to the metal brackets to keep the sectional securely in place. Bolt latches are found in most hardware stores but make sure they come with a locking spring mechanism.
When installing the bolt latches, be careful about the orientation of the latch as some open to the right or to the left. In this case, you’ll need to make the appropriate adjustments.
Bolt latches are the most inexpensive option and do a great job of keeping each sectional sofa firmly connected to its companion.
Rubber bands are flexible simple connectors for sectional sofas. You can use these bands to join the leg of your sofa to the other unit. To apply, tip over the piece of furniture and stretch the rubber band over the leg before extending it to the nearest leg of the other sectional. You may use a large, thick rubber band for your sectional to ensure longevity. Alternatively, a strip of elastic pinned to a loop will do the same job of fitting tightly around the sectional’s legs.
Plastic Cable Ties
For an even more secure option than rubber bands, opt for plastic cable ties. Most home improvement stores sell these for cheap prices. Attach the cable ties to the front and back legs of the sectional sofa to prevent it from separating. It is best to use these plastic cable ties on dark-colored furniture so they are not so noticable.
To apply, wrap the cable ties around both legs of the companion sectional by turning the tie connector to the back of the leg. After tightening the cable tie, cut off the tail. When you want to move the sectional to another room, simply cut the cable tie with a utility knife and reinstall.
Any of our above tips on how to keep sectional couches together will work effectively. Even if you’re not into DIY, all the mentioned methods are super easy to apply.
Can all sectional sofas be separated?
Some sectional couches just slide apart so they make the task of separating easier. Other sectionals are attached using bolts or screws, in which case you’ll have to use a wrench to disassemble the sofa sections. To protect the floor from scratches, always pull the sections apart using the slides underneath the sofa’s legs.
Why should I keep my sectional together?
Keeping your sectional sofa units together not only minimizes floor scratching due to constant repositioning, but it also provides more comfort and safety for the household. By trying our above methods, you’ll be able to keep your sectional units together more securely.