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Comparison of the Paxton Sectional vs. Alani Sectional at La-Z-Boy

November 5, 2021

Comparison of the Paxton Sectional vs. Alani Sectional at La-Z-Boy

The Paxton and Alani are two comfortably casual sectionals offered at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston. 

The Paxton is enjoyed by many La-Z-Boy clients as one of the Five Best Selling Sectionals, while the Alani is a newer model to the floor and is just beginning to gain some attention.

Since the Alani has been added to the La-Z-Boy selection, the Paxton and Alani sectionals are often compared among clients as they share many similarities in style and features. At first glance, it can be difficult to pinpoint the key differences that will determine which choice is the better option for you.

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Although the Paxton and Alani do share notable similarities, they are each unique in their own way and have something different to offer.

This article will compare the Paxton and Alani sectionals at La-Z-Boy by breaking down their key similarities and differences. By the end of the article, you will be clear on whether you prefer the Paxton or Alani sectional for your home.

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In this Comparison Review ...

  1. Unique Product Features
  2. How its Made
  3. Furniture Family (Available Frames)
  4. Sizes & Dimensions
  5. Options & Upgrades
  6. Cost
  7. Warranty
  8. Customer Testimonials
  9. Paxton vs. Alani: Which is right for you?



Unique Product Features

As previously mentioned, the Paxton and Alani sectionals share many similarities in style and product features. 

First, both the Paxton and Alani sectional are stationary pieces of furniture. Stationary upholstery furniture offers exceptional comfort, excluding the ability to recline.

Both sectionals feature wide arms and deep seats that practically beg you to sink in and get cozy. As sectionals, this comfort is designed to be enjoyed alone or with company as there is plenty of room to go around. 

Each sectional has a variety of modules that allows you to customize the ideal configuration for your space. 


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Key Similarities

To the naked eye, the Paxton & Alani share many similarities in style.

In the comfortably casual style, they both feature plush cushions, clean lines, welt trim, and decorative wood legs. Further, both sectionals come with a minimum of four 20 inch accent pillows for added comfort and style. 

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Not to mention, the Paxton and Alani sectionals are both customizable with a variety of fabric to choose from. 

It is important to note that neither the Paxton or Alani are offered in leather upholstery. Due to the large seat size and backs, the leather would need to be cut into sewn strips, making it challenging to meet La-Z-Boy’s upholstery standards.

When it comes to comfort and quality, the Paxton and Alani do not disappoint. They both feature La-Z-Boy® Premier construction with quality-crafted frames consisting of kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade laminates. They are engineered for lasting durability. 

Moreover, the Paxton and Alani sectionals include ComfortCore seat cushions with seven layers of zoned cushion technology for added comfort and firmness. The cushions also feature self-healing zippers, a non-skid tailor-made decking, and double-blown fibre fill.

Key Differences

The most significant difference between the look of the Paxton and Alani sectional is the shape of their arms. The Paxton sectional features a square arm while the Alani features a rolled arm. 

This difference in arm makes the Paxton appear slightly more contemporary and modern and the Alani more traditional and country. 

Arm Style

Further, the sectionals differ slightly in the look of their decorative wood legs. The wood legs on the Alani are more low-profile and less obvious than the legs on the Paxton. 

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Finally, the sectionals have something different to offer in terms of dimensions. The Paxton is more generously scaled with a deeper seat, while the dimensions of the Alani are of standard scale. 

Much of these similarities and differences will be described in more detail in the sections below. 

To learn more about each sectional in-depth, check out the Paxton Sectional Review and the Alani Sectional Review.


How it's Made

A major similarity between the Paxton and Alani sectional is the way they are made.

La-Z-Boy’s quality construction offers countless hours of durability and comfort. More specifically, for most non-reclining frames, La-Z-Boy has developed a Premier method of construction.

These stationary sectionals are built with premier features targeting the frame, spring system, cushion, and padding.

The Stationary Paxton and Alani sectionals are both made and manufactured with Premier Construction. Features of Premier Construction:

  1. OSB, hardwood solids, and laminated hardwood frame construction
  2. Fully padded outside back, outside arms, and front post
  3. No-Sag Sinuous wire seat and back springs
  4. La-Z-Boy non-skid Logo Decking
  5. ComfortCore® Seats
  6. Toss Pillows
  7. Self-healing zippers


For more detailed information, take a look at the article Premier Construction at La-Z-Boy.


Furniture Family (Other Available Frames)

At La-Z-Boy, many furniture models are available in multiple frame options, such as a sofa, chair, and sectional. This offers the option to create a living room furniture arrangement with a cohesive look.

It is important to note that the Paxton model is available in multiple other frame options, while the Alani is only available as a sectional.

The Paxton comes as a sectional, 2-seater sofa, loveseat, chair & a half, and ottoman


In fact, the Paxton Chair & a Half is one of the Five Best-Selling Chair & a Halfs at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston

With this, be sure to consider that with purchasing the Paxton sectional, you have the opportunity to furnish the rest of the room with coordinated Paxton pieces. Alternatively, when purchasing the Alani sectional, you must find furniture of a different model that doesn’t clash with the Alani in a furniture arrangement. 


Sizes & Dimensions

There is no doubt that the Paxton and Alani sectionals are stylish and comfortable, but it is important to ensure that the product you choose is the right size and fit.

First and foremost, it is crucial to measure your space. This will dictate the size, shape, and configuration of your chosen sectional. Keep these measurements in mind as you analyze the dimensions of the Paxton and Alani sectionals. 

Further, it is important that the dimensions of the sectional seat cushions support your unique body type, providing the utmost comfort. 

Generally speaking, the size of the Paxton is generously scaled. In a seated position, the seat dimensions are ideal for people 6’3”and taller. With this being said, the depth of the seat is comfortable for individuals of all heights to curl up on.

In contrast, the size of the Alani is of standard scale. In a seated position, the seat dimensions are ideal for individuals with a height of 5’10” to 6’2”.

For a more detailed comparison, take a look at the below seat dimensions for the right or left arm sitting chair module of the Paxton and Alani sectional) ...




Sectional Dimensions


Seat Width: 36.5

Seat Depth: 25

Seat Height: 20.5

Body Height: 38

Arm Height: 25

Seat Width: 36

Seat Depth: 23.5

Seat Height: 21

Body Height: 38

Arm Height: 26.5

By analyzing these dimensions, you can see that the most notable difference between Paxton and Alani is that the Paxton has a deeper seat and a shorter arm


Options & Upgrades

At La-Z-Boy, everything is customizable, including the Paxton and Alani sectionals. 

As premier constructed stationary pieces, the Paxton and Alani sectionals have the same options and upgrades available for customization.  

You can make these pieces uniquely yours by customizing the fabric, seat cushions, contrasting trims, wood finish, and accent pillows.

Given the versatility of the Paxton and Alani, you can play around with customization options to achieve a specific interior design style or coordinate with other furniture pieces. 

Upholstery/Cover Options

The cover that you choose is crucial in determining the overall look and feel of the Paxton and Alani sectionals. 

The Paxton and Alani each have their own select fabrics that are chosen to complement each sectional’s unique look and particular frame. Further, the select fabrics offer the best value at starting prices. The Paxton has five select fabrics and the Alani has six select fabrics. The select fabrics for the Paxton and Alani both have a neutral colour palette but they differ in texture

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Alani Fabric

The Paxton’s select fabrics have a linen texture which lends to a more formal look. Further, the Paxton fabrics have a larger weave which is not ideal for pets.

Alternatively, the Alani select fabrics have a more cozy texture appearing more casual. These fabrics have a tight weave which is more pet friendly. Further, the Alani select fabrics are made with the innovative iClean technology.

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In addition to the choice of select covers, there are hundreds of fabrics to choose from. With this, there is something unique for every budget and style. The Paxton and Alani are also available in premium-grade specialty fabrics.

Stain Resistant 

Innovative iClean technology surrounds each fabric fibre, creating a barrier that repels spills before they turn into stains. 

Pet Friendly

Tested to simulate the scratches and wear that pets can cause to ensure a durable and easily washable fabric. 

* Please note that the Alani select fabrics do not include iClean or Pet Friendly fabrics. With that being said, the small weave of Alani select fabrics can be durable to pet scratches, making it somewhat pet resistant.  


Antimicrobial properties surround each fiber to protect against mould, mildew, and odour-causing bacteria. 


Superior stain and fade resistance properties make these fabrics easy to clean and incredibly durable. 

Environmentally Friendly

Conserve Sustainable Fabrics are soft, durable, and made from recycled water bottles.

Seat Cushions

Raise your comfort level by upgrading to ComfortCore® GEL seat cushions for your Paxton or Alani sectional. 

The cushion has seven layers of comfort technology that includes gel-infused memory foam. This cushioning provides a firmer seat and support that conforms to your body. 

Welt Trim

Welt trim provides a tailored look to sectional seat cushions. You can opt for contrasting welt trim on your Paxton or Alani sectional to add some personality and decorative detail.

Wood Finish

Customizing the wood finish is a great way to coordinate your furniture with other wooden pieces in your home. 

The Alani does not have wood finish options. Alternatively, the Paxton comes in a standard Brown Mahogany with optional finishes in Coffee, Graphite, and Driftwood. 

Throw Pillows

The Paxton and Alani sectionals come with matching throw pillows. If you are going for a bolder look, consider selecting contrasting accent pillows to make your furniture pop. 

Additionally, you can choose to add cord or fringe to the pillow edge for a more decorative appeal. 

For upgraded comfort opt for a FeatherLite fill feathers. 

Sectional Configurations

The beauty of purchasing a Paxton or Alani sectional is that you can customize the configuration to suit your space and your comfort preferences. 

Depending on the sectional pieces and configurations that you choose, you can drastically change the shape and size of your Paxton or Alani sectional. 

The Paxton and Alani are the exact same in terms of available module pieces and sectional configuration options.

Take a look at the Paxton and Alani sectional pieces ...

Paxton Sectional Module Pieces

Alani Sectional Module Pieces

  • Right-Arm Sitting Cuddler
  • Left-Arm Sitting Cuddler
  • Right-Arm Sitting Chaise
  • Left-Arm Sitting Chaise
  • Right-Arm Sitting Chair
  • Left-Arm Sitting Chair
  • 90 Degree Corner
  • Armless Chair
  • Right-Arm Sitting Cuddler
  • Left-Arm Sitting Cuddler
  • Right-Arm Sitting Chaise
  • Left-Arm Sitting Chaise
  • Right-Arm Sitting Chair
  • Left-Arm Sitting Chair
  • 90 Degree Corner
  • Armless Chair

When it comes to the left or right chaise piece, it looks like it could be used as an individual piece. It is important to note that due to the exposed connector brackets, this unit it not suitable for use as a stand-alone piece. 



The cost of the Paxton and Alani sectionals is very comparable, in fact, they are the exact same price.

The Paxton and Alani sectionals are among the more expensive options on the market. 

At La-Z-Boy, the Paxton and Alani sectionals fall within the mid to high price range of sectionals on the market.

The cost of the Paxton and Alani sectionals is determined by a variety of factors including the quality of materials and methods of construction. As a part of the Premier Construction collection, these sectionals are high-quality, comfortable, and durable.

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The starting cost of the Paxton and Alani sectionals, in the smallest configuration, is $3,739 and $3,889, respectively. 

The starting costs of all Paxton and Alani sectionals are subject to change depending on your choices in customizations and upgrades. The most significant indicator of cost is the chosen module pieces in order to get the sectional configuration and arrangement you desire.

*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on October 20th, 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 


As products among the La-Z-Boy Premier Constructed furniture, the Paxton and Alani sectionals are both backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty assuring the protection of your investment and overall satisfaction. 

The Limited Lifetime Warranty covers the repair or replacement of the frame, spring system, and the mechanism, given that they are quality-crafted and built for long-lasting comfort. 

While still built to last, other aspects of the product, such as fabrics, and cushions, are prone to more destruction over time than parts of the frame. Although not covered for life, the La-Z-Boy Manufacturer’s Warranty still covers these parts for a given period of time, usually a few years. 

For extra coverage, La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston offers an extended protection plan.


Customer Testimonials

The Paxton and Alani sectionals are enjoyed by many La-Z-Boy clients. 

Find out what customers are saying about the Paxton and Alani sectionals …

Paxton Sectional Reviews

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Paxton Sectional Testimonial from Interior Designer Tanya Collins

Tanya Collins is a talented interior designer with over 19 years of experience designing homes. In fact, Tanya is the interior designer of the annual CHEO Dream Home in Ottawa. 

Tanya herself has a preference for the Paxton sectional as she incorporated this sectional multiple times in the 2020 Bohemian Dream Home and the 2021 Caraway Dream Home.

Tanya likes incorporating the Paxton into her designs due to its proportions. She specifically likes the seat height relative to the sofa back height and the width of the arm. “It is a versatile choice that suits a range of styles and is true to the La-Z-Boy brand in being comfortable”.

Alani Sectional Reviews

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Alani Testimonial from Tyler & Nikki

"The Alani was the perfect addition to our living room and lives! I'm a pretty tall guy and it still has plenty of space for my partner and I to both lay on comfortably. When we're watching a show together the snuggler lets us cuddle up on the same end without sacrificing comfort. The thick back cushions also have also become a favourite nap spot for our little pup!"


Paxton vs. Alani: Which is right for you?

Zeina Badawi, an interior designer at La-Z-Boy Kanata, is very familiar with the Paxton and Alani sectionals. While these sectionals are very similar, she says the main difference between them is their style and comfort. 

Zeina says that the square arms on the Paxton are ideal for a client who is looking for a modern or contemporary style sectional. Further, the select linen fabric caters to someone who is trying to achieve a formal look.

Given that the Paxton is generously scaled, this sectional requires a large, open space, says Zeina. The larger the selected configuration, the more space you’ll need. Moreover,  although anyone can find comfort snuggling up onto the Paxton, its deep seat cushions offer the most comfort to a taller individual in a seated position. 

In contrast, Zeina says the rolled arms of the Alani are great for a client that wants to achieve a more traditional or country look. As previously mentioned, the select fabrics for the Alani are more casual looking and cozy in texture. 

Further, Paxton's select fabrics are pet-friendly and have the iClean technology, says Zeina. In comparison to the Alani, at a starting price, the Paxton is a better choice for someone with pets or young children.

Putting these differences aside, both sectionals are ideal for a client who is looking for a comfortable and quality sectional to share with family and friends. 

Keep in mind that a sectional is a significant investment, especially the Paxton and Alani sectional, falling within the mid-price range of sectional at La-Z-Boy. These sectionals are ideal for a client who is ready to splurge on a large, quality piece of furniture that they can enjoy for years to come!

What's Next?

Choosing furniture is not easy! Hopefully, this article will help you choose between the Paxton and Alani sectionals by pointing out the key similarities and differences. 

As you weigh your options, we are here to help you. Our consultants and design experts at La-Z-Boy are skilled at helping you find the right furniture for your individual needs and preferences. 

Before you make a decision, it is important to ensure that your furniture offers the right size and feel for your body type and comfort requirements. That is why it is important to meet with a design consultant for a sit test. 


Further, a consultant or interior designer can help you weigh your options when it comes to customizing and upgrading your furniture to be uniquely yours. 

Visit us at a local Ottawa or Kingston location or schedule a visit online. If you prefer, we also offer virtual appointments allowing you to shop from the comfort of your home.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you make that final choice between the Paxton and Alani!

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