Post # 1
My husband and I have needed new living room furniture for a while now, and we haven’t been able to agree on what to get. We have a very tiny and very awkward shaped living room and since my husband insists on getting a recliner it really messes with the amount of furniture and seating we can have…
Luckily we have found a furniture set that we like and have a basic layout planned, but we can’t decide between a loveseat or a full size couch… With a loveseat there is more open space but less seating for guests (which we don’t have too often) and it would be easy to put our christmas tree in during the holidays… With a full sized couch, we would have more seating but less open space bordering on cluttered space, and fitting a christmas tree will be difficult but doable (though it will be really crowded with a tree)…
I should also mention, we have a large dog and two cats… and are most likely going to be trying to have a baby in the next year. (just so you can get an idea of how full our house is/will be).
So my question is… Would you go the loveseat/less seating route:
Or the full couch/more seating route:
Feel free to let me know any other ideas, but a reclining couch is out of the question (it would take up too much space to be able to recline) and getting rid of the recliner is also out of the question (my husband would pout for years). Thanks!
Post # 3
More seating. I totally get the awkward living room thing (ours is the master of awkward) but when there are people over I like to have enough seating. With you guys trying for a baby, that means more family/friends may be over in the future to help out with the little one, which would be a factor for me.
Post # 4
I think you should go with the love seat. It gives you more space and doesn’t look over crowded
Post # 5
Couch. We just bought a sectional after having a loveseat. Although it’s more crowded it’s nice to be able to actually lay comfortably.
Post # 6
That’s a tough one. We also have an awkward living room to work with. The shape is normal but we have 2 very large entryways in addition to the front door to work around.
For me, personally, seating would outweight space but it really depends on your personal needs.
Just curious…is the space to the right (where the room has the angle) unusable for any reason?
Post # 7
If you don’t mind, I am an interior designer and I’d like to weigh in on this 🙂
First, the sofa is definitely the wiser choice. I know your hubs won’t give up his recliner(which I am assuming is the chair on the right side of the floor plan)
Second, it looks like you also have a chair and a half with an ottoman next to your sofa. My recommendation is to get a smaller scale accent chair rather than the one you have picked out or replace it with something smaller (if it is a piece you already own) that way you have ample seating plus enough circulation around the area.
Many people think that all their furniture has to “match” which is simply not true, mixing textures & materials makes the room more interesting. Anyways, let me know if you need anymore advice 😉
Post # 8
Wall a Way or Wall Hugging Reclining sofas only need to be 3″ away from the wall.
The reclining feature works in sort of an “up and out” way. Check those out.
Post # 9
The extra space you have with a love seat looks like usless dead space anyways that you cant capitalize on. So I’d opt for more seating.
Post # 10
@Dandelion D: Yes I should have mentioned that, the angled wall is a fireplace! lol That’s why nothing can be too close to it or cover it.
@karenlinebarger: Thanks for the input, I’m actually really in love with the chair and a half, I know it takes up more space than a regular chair, but it’s the only place that my husband and I would be able to cuddle together in either senario since the couch is rather shallow (it’s only a 24″ seat) we wouldn’t be able to lay down and cuddle, and I think it will be really handy when we have a little one for cuddling and nursing and what not… But I really tried to get my heart away from the chair and a half for that very reason… And the only pieces that would match would be the loveseat/couch and the chair and a half the recliner is going to be brown leather.
@julies1949: I wouldn’t mind that if we had a bigger/brighter space, but the only reclining couches that I’ve seen that I actually liked were dark leather, and with the angled wall being dark brick, with a dark wood mantle, and a dark wood built in bookcase, plus the large screen tv we have and the dark wood tv stand it’s on currently it’s just too dark and it will be like a cave… I’m really picky about the look of recliners (I don’t like the puffy barkalounger type, I like them more modern looking) so that really limits our options.
Thanks for the input everyone, keep it coming!
Post # 11
@o0olibelulao0o You are so welcome!! You mentioned you like a more modern look for furniture. Well there are plenty of recliners that dont take up as much space and are much better looking like this one (http://www.boconcept.us/armchairs.aspx?ID=83531&imageid=6384)
Also, your loveseat/sofa & accent chair don’t have to be the same fabric. I actually advise against it. It really gives it more of a “matchy matchy” look which is not always that interesting. Where is this set coming from that you like, and what is it called? I might have a few more suggestions for places to look for you. You also might want to look into getting a sofa with a chaise attached to it. That way you will gain some more room, and you would still have a place to lounge with your hubs.
Post # 12
Personally i would get a sofa and purchase a less bulky chair/funtiture. I think the sofa is more functional than a love seat. Loveseats generally are two small for 2 people who arent wanting to cuddle.
Post # 13
Mr TTR and I have a good sized Family Room… so we are fortunate to have a variety of pieces that can seat many people.
We have a 2 seater loveseat in fabric, and then 2 matching Leather Sofas… one a 2 seater loveseat, and then a 3 seater couch, both of the leather units have reclining options (they came from Lazy Boy)
Something that hasn’t been mentioned about a full size sofa / couch is the fact that more often than not it can seat (does seat 3 people) quite comfortably, with some space to spare. We’ve found that during a party type situation, with the smaller more compact loveseats, oftentimes a 2nd person doesn’t naturally want to sit there… because it puts them “too close” in their mindset to the other person on the loveseat.
So ya, you’ll get more usefulness out of a larger sofa than you will a loveseat. And I agree with @karenlinebarger: you should also consider looking at the possibility of a sofa with a chaise lounge feature at one end (either permanent, or floating / moveable). It gives more options for cuddling, but also if you have more people over, means another spot for so someone else to sit (perched on the end of it)
Post # 14
I was also going to suggest a sofa with a chaise, and instead of a traditional coffee table, use cube ottomans that you can reverse the top on between a tray and an upholstered top with storage inside. That way you have extra seating when guests come over and storage for your blankets, etc to keep the room less cluttered 🙂
Post # 15
@karenlinebarger: A couch with a chaise is what I wanted originally, but my husband insists on a recliner. And with a recliner it would be the only other piece of furniture that would fit… It’s a really small space (the long wall is 13’10”, the short open wall is only about 8′ and we need a walkway through the opening even if it is only two feet wide… And the other opening goes into the kitchen so that can’t be blocked either and then the fireplace really messes things up too… And having a chaise right infront of the tv wouldn’t be comfortable for cuddling and watching tv.
I really like Pottery barn type furniture, like this: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/charleston-love-seat/?pkey=ccharleston-sofas
But a set of pottery barn couches is a bit out of our price range so we are looking at this. I like more traditional furniture, a little rustic… I mean, If I could live in a pottery barn catalog I would. lol
@bakerella: I did see a nice round coffee table with 4 stools under it, I really liked that idea… But just having those would drive me batty. We actually have an oversized sectional with a huge ottoman “table” thing and it’s just too much… To the point where we currently only have the two end pieces of the sectional pushed together to make one long couch and the ottoman and corner piece in the garage collecting dust.
@This Time Round: thanks for the insight… We don’t have parties… ever. lol And when we do have anyone over it’s usually family, so they wouldn’t mind sitting “close”, but I know exactly what you mean.
It’s really interesting to me to see that people are choosing the couch over the loveseat.