When it comes to choosing living room furniture, comfort is king. That said, there’s no need to sacrifice style for a cozy throne. From sofas to sectionals—and even recliners—comfort has never looked so good.
As you choose your new living room furniture, pay special attention to the cushions on sofas, loveseats, sectionals and chairs. Take a test drive and determine if you’re most comfortable on fiber-filled cushions or if you prefer coil seating. Also think about whether you want the ability to reverse the cushions on your chairs and loveseat (spilled glass of red wine, anyone?). Don’t forget to consider other practical needs such as whether sofa sleepers will come in handy for accommodating overnight guests.
Now think about the intimacy of the space. If there’s no such thing as “too close for comfort,” then sectionals are a great choice. Don’t assume that your small living room can’t accommodate sectionals—modular seating comes in all shapes and sizes, and there are bound to be sectionals that perfectly fit your living room. For those who enjoy their personal space, separate chairs, sofas and loveseats are ideal. Looking for something a little less traditional? Swap out a chair with a chaise or replace a loveseat with two recliners. On the topic of recliners, consider going upscale with power sofas, loveseats and recliners. They typically have more reclining positions than manual recliners, making for truly luxurious lounging.
Once your seating is squared away, it’s time to choose tables and storage pieces. Coffee tables and sets of end tables are the conventional way to furnish a living room. But, if you’re looking for something a little less traditional, you can swap out the coffee table for a pair of ottomans. Keep your eye out for end and side tables with modern conveniences like built-in electrical outlets and charging stations. Also choose TV stands and entertainment centers with built-in cord management systems and say goodbye to that unsightly bundle of wires. Don’t forget accent furniture like bookcases and sofa tables. These pieces provide extra storage and help pull the room together, transforming your house into a home.
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