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A Beginner's Guide to Buying Living Room Chairs

A Beginner's Guide to Buying Living Room Chairs


Living rooms are often the most-used areas in any home, so it's important to make sure that they're comfortable. Whether you're snuggling up with a loved one or settling in for a family movie night, having the right seating is key. Get ready to kick back and relax like you mean it with our beginner's guide to buying living room sofas, recliners, accent chairs and more.

Sofas & Loveseats

sofas and loveseats
  • Room to stretch out - These classic options are great for lounging around the house on your own or hanging out with the whole family.
  • Options for any space - Keep things simple with a loveseat for two or go big with a sectional that includes multiple seating options and ways to arrange them.

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  • Customizable comfort - Thanks to the tilting option, these living room seats can quickly convert from an upright position to a more relaxed recline.
  • Like resting on a cloud - They generally feature more full, supportive cushioning than some other living room seating options.

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  • From day to night - Keep your futon in the upright position throughout the day, then lay it flat in the evening before going to bed.
  • Space saving design - Because a futon can be converted from a sofa to a bed, they're great for saving valuable square footage in cramped living spaces.

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Accent Chairs

accent chairs
  • Style in spades - Accent chairs are standalone seating pieces that can match the aesthetic you have already built in your home.
  • Options aplenty - Whether you like to sink into your living room chairs or like to be mindful of keeping an upright posture, the right accent chair will help you relax on your own terms.

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family on couch

What to Consider When Buying Living Room Chairs:

Space: This may be the single most important factor for a lot of apartment dwellers or homeowners who don't have much room to work with. Futons are great for studios and one-bedrooms, while those who have too much space to fill may want to look for a sprawling sectional and matching accent chairs to fill up unused space.

Materials: Add some sophistication to your space with real or imitation leather living room seating or keep things simple with soft fabrics. Parents may want to find something that's easy to clean in a dark color in case the kids get carried away with their next art project, while pet owners will want to be conscious of materials that kitty or Fido may scratch or leave loose fur on.


Storage: If you're the type of person who can't stand clutter, try looking for living room seating that includes built-in storage. Many recliners and sofas will have hidden storage compartments beneath the armrests that are ideal for hiding away remotes, magazines and newspapers.

Extra amenities: While you're upgrading your living room seating options, why not go big with a chair that features heating and massage options. Chairs that include these luxurious amenities will usually have an attached remote for controlling the temperature and intensity, which means you won't have to get up to change the settings.