Living room furniture is tearing this family apart!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

tiki429:  DH and I have sides of the couch.  When we had a love seat and a couch one of us often took each so we could both stretch out (sort of).

DH isn’t a cuddler.  He was when we were dating because we would have ‘sneaky fun time’ under the blanket but once we lived together we pretty much stopped sitting close on the couch.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We don’t have a recliner but we do have a couch and love seat.  I usually sit on the love seat and he sits on the couch.  We don’t usually snuggle while watching tv unless it’s in bed.  I think he’s compromising with you though to sit on the couch a few times a week, it doesn’t need to be all or nothing.

Post # 4
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3398 posts
Sugar bee

tiki429:  My husband and I don’t ever sit on our couch now that we live together.  It’s left for the cat.  We usually hang out in the bedroom to watch movies on his ipad.  We don’t have a TV or cable which is the number one reason why we don’t sit on a couch.  Maybe just explain your feelings about it and say you’d like to cuddle more?

Post # 5
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5206 posts
Bee Keeper

tiki429:  We usually switch off on the recliner and couch. When he is on the couch, I’ll occasionally come cuddle up next to him. Honestly though, we both want to be able to stretch out and be comfortable most of the time.

This isn’t really something to make an issue over, unless you feel like he is just unaffectionate in general. If it bothers you, maybe address that over all issue instead of the couch thing. Comlpaining about where he sits is going to come off as petty to him.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our situation is pretty similar to yours, but my DH doesn’t grumble nearly as much when I ask him to sit with me on the couch, and some nights he just doesn’t go to his chair.

My parents did eventually get rid of their love seat and get two recliners. If our living room was able to be aranged in such a way that would make that suitable, I would probably do the same.

Post # 7
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5933 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

We have a recliner but we mainly share the couch. He has his side and I have mine, with the dog in the middle. Sometimes when I want to stretch my legs I’ll ask him to go sit in the recliner and he doesn’t mind. We rarely cuddle on the couch. If we do, our crazy dog feels like she must be in the middle and tries to lay on top of us or squeeze in between us. So we don’t cuddle often.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we have a L shaped couch and depending on the day, our mood, and what we are watching

if we are watching a show that we both are not into (ie his sci-fi stuff) we either sit in our own sides (he takes the L chaise part and I take the middle seat of the “couch”) cause one of us will be on our laptop, if its something I like and not him he will sometimes stretch out so that his feet are towards me and I will sit more in the middle of the couch section

if we are watching a “show” together we put our heads into the L and our feet away from each other and will sometimes hold hands or cuddle closer (my head on his shoulder/chest)

if we are annoyed at each other its opposite corners and no touching!

Post # 9
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

tiki429: I contest that no other couples sit together! You can’t separate me and my DH on the couch together. Granted, we don’t have any other choices (no big comfy recliner), but whenever we watch TV, even football, we are all up close and snuggly together. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Replace that loveseat with one that has two recliners built in.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

tiki429:  We have two couches and a recliner. DH sits on one side of the room, and I sit on the other, lol. I think it’s because we have end tables near the sides where we sit. We do snuggle on the “cuddle couch” as I like to call it – it’s more of a love seat and both sides recline so you can snuggle comfortable on it when reclined. Honestly… I can’t imagine him sitting next to me every time we sat in the living room! 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We have a recliner and a couch.  We mostly both sit on the couch together, but every once in awhile my SO goes for the recliner… If I want to be closer to him, I just ask him to join me on the couch, and he does.  When the little one is over, one of us is usually on the recliner.  Sometimes we’re all on the couch!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We have a huge 9 foot long couch, so we hardly touch on it, we are so spread out. My parents do the recliner and couch thing tho. Dad has his recliner and never sits with mom. Sorry it bugs you!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

We have a couch that has a couple of reclining seats built in (it’s a huge ~8 person sectional couch monstrosity). I love it. If someone wants to stretch out they can still be right next to the other person. We don’t have any other seating options in our living room except big poofs to sort of sink into on the floor so everyone is always on the couch. But my SO does pretty much always choose one of the reclining ones. Luckily it’s still a part of the couch so he can’t escape! 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

tiki429:  We basically just have a couch and one chair for when people come over. We always sit on the couch and it’s probably 50/50 sitting together or our dogs are in between and we are at each end. Lol!

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