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3 Sofa Alternatives That Provide Just As Much Seating – and Style

These sofa alternative ideas prove you can get creative with your living room seating – and get away with it.
Socrates once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” When it comes to design, we firmly believe that “the unexamined room is not worth decorating.” Every once in a while, take a step back and examine your rooms with fresh eyes; if you don’t like what you see or feel you’ve hit a rut, it may be time to try something new, alternative, creative, even. When it comes to the living room, considering an alternative to the ubiquitous sofa is a great place to start.

1. Try: The Loveseat or Settee (a Scaled-Down Version of the Sofa)

If you want to get really creative with your living room seating, look the other way. A loveseat doesn’t venture too far off from the sofa design – it’s just a lot smaller. If you don’t have the space for a standard-size sofa, a loveseat would like a word with you! It’s smaller, but provides just as much seating. (A sofa can technically seat two to three people, but three often gets tight and two is usually the standard. With a loveseat, two is the max, but still very comfortable.)

2. Try: The Sofa Chair (or Accent Chair) Alternative

If a loveseat is a compact sofa, a sofa chair is an extra-extra-extra-compact sofa! Built for one person, the sofa chair is a great alternative to the overplayed sofa. Particularly, more than one: Try lining up three in a row, or four (a pair facing a pair) to bring just as much seating as a sofa and then some, all while breaking the rules of interior design (in a good way).

3. Try: The Daybed Alternative (a.k.a. “The Backless Sofa”)

A daybed can be construed as “the backless sofa of the 21st century.” It doesn’t have a back, which means it can be placed anywhere – including the middle of rooms. (If you placed a sofa-with-a-back in the middle of a room, it won’t look as a good and can even make the room appear smaller.) If you want something a little more interesting than a sofa but still want a “backrest,” try placing a daybed against a wall; throw some pillows along where the wall and seat meet, and you’ve got yourself an aesthetic – and living room seating – that won’t disappoint.

Loveseat, sofa chair and daybed not doing it for you? You might prefer: Settees, benches, poufs and ottomans – try one of each in one room for eclectic seating! (For an eclectic feel free of sofas but still symmetrical: Place a settee and a bench opposite each other, and in the spaces between them, place an equal number of floor poufs and ottomans.)

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