Yes, You Can Do Without a Sofa in the Living Room!
This is how to create a more appealing and cosy atmosphere in your living room without the need for a sofa
Nothing says relaxation better than an awesome indoor hammock. For a light and airy boho look opt for a cream hammock made from woven cotton with crocheted trim.
Always check with your architect before hanging any type of soft furnishings from the walls or ceiling, to make sure the structure can take the extra weight. They may need to add extra supports to be certain it’s structurally sound.
An inviting window seat can be a wonderfully space-efficient way to add comfy seating to a living space. A built-in window seat or, as seen here, a curved banquette, can also offer a comfy perch from which to enjoy a nice view and to add some character when a room is too plain.
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If you’re going down the custom route, why not also add drawers into the cavity under the seat for extra storage to stash all those cushions and knick-knacks.
No longer exclusively the domain of university dorms, kid’s playrooms and share houses, there’s now a huge variety of chic and surprisingly comfy bean bag chair options to explore.
Forget the conical, saggy shape of bean bags of the past – there are now stylish tailored leather and sophisticated velvet varieties that have recliner forms, chaise varieties and even ottomans to rest your footsies on.
Use bean bags to add interesting shapes to your living space and pops of colour to your decor. What’s more, bean bags are super lightweight, so it’s easy to move them around and try new layouts.
Embrace your inner child by rigging up the dream indoor swing you’ve always wanted in your living room. There are so many attractive and playful ways to get creative with swinging seats inside.
For a slightly roomier hanging seat, go for a suspended couch or daybed or a hanging love-seat. They’re the perfect spot for story time with the kids or a siesta on a Sunday afternoon.
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Floor cushions are a creative way to get extra seating into a tight living room and they give the space a laid-back, bohemian feel. They’re available in a rainbow of colours and patterns, and there are even varieties with back rests for added comfort.
Add a low coffee table to fill and define the area as a place for unwinding and entertaining. That way you can easily rest your glass of wine as you lay back in your pillow-filled ‘sunken lounge’ area.
Don’t be too quick to look past the addition of an easy chair or two into your living space. Sometimes there’s nothing better than snuggling up in an oversized armchair and putting your feet up with your favourite book in hand. This kind of cosiness and comfort just can’t be matched by what a sofa provides.
For timeless appeal and the ultimate in sophistication, you can’t look past the Eames lounge chair and ottoman. This stylish chair works with almost any decor style you can think of. It would look at home in any industrial, beachy, glam, Scandinavian, retro or contemporary setting.
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The sofa’s cousin, the chaise, is part-chair, part-couch, part-ottoman. It is both an elegant and versatile living room addition that works in almost any space.
The chaise acts as a perfect substitute for a sofa, especially in a smaller living room, because it gives you space to fully recline, without being as imposing as a couch.
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