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How to Choose Living Room Seating
| September 28, 2016, 04:30:19 PM
By: Abe Abbas

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The number of options you have for choosing living room seating can be a source of confusion. Where does one start, and how to narrow down the choices? It all comes down to the basics.

Measure the Room

Measuring the room is quite possibly the best place to begin. Knowing the size of your room lets you understand how much furniture you can put in it, and whether your seating plan would be feasible in that particular sized room.

Consider the Shape

The shape of the room also decides what kind of seating would look best, and how much furniture you can put in it. A square room allows for different configurations from one that is more of a rectangle, while a long narrow rectangle dictates something else altogether.

Who Will Use it?

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What Do You Need?

Do you need a space to watch TV and relax, or a space to entertain? Is your living room meant to be showplace or will it get a lot of usage?

If you are using this space for relaxation then you will need furniture that lets you stretch out. Reclining furniture might be the way to go. If you use the room only occasionally or mainly for entertaining then you should focus on making it suitable for that. Ottomans are flexible and can be used as either tables or seating depending on your needs. Wide arms on sofas can also double up as seats when needed.

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Sofa or Loveseat?

Should you purchase a sofa or a loveseat? Is there room to have both? A sofa gives you more seats, theoretically. I say theoretically because even though there are more seats, most people prefer not to sit in the middle seat. If you are low on space you might be better off getting a loveseat and a couple of chairs.

While a loveseat takes less space, a sofa lets you stretch out if you use the room for relaxation. Or you can even consider a chaise instead of a sofa, and create a dramatic accent.

A Recliner, or Chair and Ottoman?

How you use the room and the space available to you will also let you decide whether you want to put a recliner there or a chair and ottoman. While both let you stretch out and relax, a chair and ottoman take up more space. So when space is an issue, a recliner is a better choice.

If you use the room mainly for entertaining, a chair and ottoman can give you two seats when required, and let you stretch out luxuriously when you are by yourself.

A Loveseat or Two Chairs?

Both give you seating for two, but some spaces call for two chairs instead of a loveseat. Chairs can make the space feel more open, as you are bound to have some open space in the middle. Chairs are also good for when you entertain because it gives you the flexibility to move them around should you need to.

If you are using the space for relaxation, a loveseat or even a chair and a half lets you snuggle or curl up.

Sofa and Loveseat, or Sectional?

A sectional gives you lots of seating and there are many configurations available. Sectionals are great for smaller living rooms because they just arrange all your seating in such a way that it looks very organized, cutting down on visual clutter. A sectional can make a room look bigger.

With a sofa and loveseat combination you have the flexibility to arrange it however you need to. You can place them apart or closer together. They can be facing each other or placed at an angle

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