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October 27, 2022

Choosing the Right Living Room Seating for You

So, it’s time for new living room furniture. Or, you’re looking to redo or add a second seating space in your home. Maybe you have a vision of the perfect look, maybe you’re not sure where to start. It’s important to consider the items that will cost you the most first- your sofa.

From sofas to sectionals and futons to reclining loveseats, the options are nearly endless. Choices like sleeper sofas and recliners are great for smaller spaces. They allow you to spread out when you want to relax or can provide hideaway guest options. If space isn’t your biggest worry, chaise sofas, sectionals, or even large reclining sectionals with all the convenient additions might be right for you.

Ashley Zada 2-Piece Sectional with Right-Facing Chaise

Sofa Chaises

Sofa chaises are versatile, provide comfortable space to spread out and relax, and don’t take as much space as a sectional. One way to bring comfort and style to your home is a sofa with a cuddle corner. These are similar to a chaise, but are usually rounded or have a wider end, giving you space to cuddle up with a loved one or your fur baby. This can give you the feeling of more seating space, without the L-shaped design of most sofa chaises.

If versatility is more your style, some sofa chaises have movable chaises, meaning it has an ottoman that can be placed on the left or right. The reversible cushion holds it all together, giving you a convenient design, especially if you like to change up your layout on a regular basis. These are also great if you rent or tend to move often since its shape can be changed to work best with your space.

If you enjoy versatile and space cautious furniture, a sofa chaise might be the choice for you.

Jonathan Louis Dawn Sofa Chaise


Enjoy space saving style with simple, non-reclining sofas. With no reclining mechanism, they are more open for a variety of styles and unique designs. From sleek modern looks, to elegant and traditional details, these can be the centerpiece of your living room.

They can also be great for when your guests stay the night. A futon folds down into a bed, creating space for one or two guests to sleep. Sleeper sofas have a mattress, usually a full or queen, that hides under the cushions, ready to be unfolded whenever it’s needed. When you don’t need it, easily hide it away.

While sofas are smaller than some other seating options, you can add extra comfort with the addition of an ottoman. Ottomans can double as a place to kick up your feet and relax, as seating when the guests arrive, or even as extra table space.

If your main goal is space saving, sofas are a great choice. They may also be the right one for you if you’re looking for unique style with a variety of options.

Reclining Sofas

Functionality and convenience are at their highest with reclining sofas. Depending on the sofa you choose, it may come with cupholders, storage, USB ports, and adjustable headrests and lumbar support. The seats are usually comfort driven, providing support and relaxation after a long day. While the seats aren’t reclined, these sofas can mostly fit in a smaller space, but require a little more room when used to the fullest.

In general, if you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, a power reclining sofa will meet your expectations more than a manual reclining sofa. If you’re looking to buy a matching sofa and loveseat, both power and manual loveseats often have consoles with storage and cupholders. However, manual designs are also more budget friendly.

If you want comfort, convenience, and functionality all in one, a reclining sofa might be what you’re looking for.

La-Z-Boy Reese Leather Reclining Loveseat


Sectionals come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they include a chaise, while other times they are a simple L-shape. They can be casual, traditional, modern, contemporary- the list is endless. Seating anywhere from four people to the entire family, these pieces are perfect for large family rooms.

Jonathan Louis Design Lab Neils 4-Piece Sectional

If you like to change up your space often, a modular sectional may be perfect for you. Modular sectionals can easily change shape. The pieces are often interchangeable. For example, bales are all the same shape, with backrest cushions that can be moved and removed. They can always be added on to and changed for the perfect setup.

Ashley Bales Accent Chair

If you want to display your unique style, have seating for the whole family, or change up your space as you see fit, a sectional might just be perfect for you.

Reclining Sectionals

Luxury at its finest, reclining sectionals have all the convenient bits and pieces combined into one. Like other sectionals, they provide plenty of space for the whole family to sit together for family movie night. They also have all the bells and whistles a reclining sofa has. Power or manual reclining options, adjustable headrests and lumbar support, storage, cupholders, USB ports- they have it all. Great for oversized family rooms, these sectionals won’t disappoint. While these tend to have a higher price point than other options, they provide many things others don’t.

If you’re looking for all-encompassing comfort and convenience, a reclining sectional might be just what you need.

Ashley Center Line 6-Piece Leather Power Sectional

From small stylish sofas built to save space, to massive reclining sectionals, there’s something perfect for your home. Deciding what’s important to you is the first step in your furniture adventure. Once you’ve found your perfect piece, sit back, relax, and enjoy the new addition to your space.


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