All The Reasons Your Living Room Sofa is Holding You Back

All The Reasons Your Living Room Sofa is Holding You Back

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Dabney Frake
Sep 2, 2015
(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

"Living room = sofa" is a classic equation that's so ingrained in our decorative consciousness that it's hard to break free. But sometimes sofas aren't what you deep down need or want for your space. You might use your living room in an entirely different way that isn't conducive to a single linear piece of furniture. Here are reasons to give up the pretense and choose an entirely different configuration.

The sitting area above, from My Scandinavian Home, eschews the sofa in favor of a ring of armchairs, which are more conducive to conversation and games in a way that linear sofas just aren’t. Freed from sitting side by side, you're able to see everyone else without leaning forward or back and peering around your seat mate.

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These amazing lounge chairs from seen in Casa Vogue give plenty of room to spread out relax and not bump up against the person next to you. They'd be perfect for watching a movie, or just hanging out in total comfort.

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Frank Roop designed this classic and elegant living room, with nary a sofa in sight. Roop and his wife entertain a lot, and these structured chaises are flexible for guests, yet are still perfect for a couple hanging out on their own.

(Image credit: Jessica Helgerson)

Jessica Helgerson went for built-in seating instead to maximize space in this Portland, OR loft. The arrangement packs in lots of seating and uses less floor space than a traditional sofa.

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Nothing says “I’m really low-key” more than low-level seating comprising huge cushions, floor pillows and ottomans. Artist Aldo Chaparro channels his inner Bohemian with this living room set up that's relaxed and informal.

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