Who says you have to have a sofa? Although couches are great for stretching out and watching TV, they can be expensive and take up a lot of space. One alternative is to substitute a set of lounge chairs. If you don't have the space for a sofa, chairs can provide seating with more flexibility (like the 2 slipper chairs angled around a fireplace in this photo from The Rug Company). Click below for more ways to use lounge chairs as a sofa substitute...
A deep armchair with an end table makes the perfect spot for reading, writing, or working on a laptop. In a small apartment, armchairs can take advantage of the space inside a nook. Image via Living Etc.
This configuration creates a conversation area in the center of the room and an eating area along the wall. If you need extra seating for dinner, pull the armchair up to the table. Image via Chicago Home.
Lounge chairs and ottomans clustered around a coffee table provide as much seating as a sofa, but with an eclectic mix of pieces. Image via Jetset Modern.
Position matching chairs and side tables across from one another to create a conversation area without a coffee table. Image via Herman Miller.
An area rug can help to define the seating area for a pair of lounge chairs. Image via Design Public.