(Closed) Home Decorato/Design Bees! Help!

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which Furniture Would You Choose?
    Loveseat -- less seating/more layout options/ open space : (7 votes)
    33 %
    Couch -- more seating/very limited layout options/ less space : (13 votes)
    62 %
    Obligatory other. : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    1510 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think you should go with the love seat. It gives you more space and doesn’t look over crowded

    Post # 5
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    46673 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    14659 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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 # 11
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    @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
    88 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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  🙂



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