6 Alternatives to Couches

Humans have loved sitting on couches even from way back 2000 BC. The Egyptian pharaohs and the nobles in Rome particularly enjoyed the pleasure and the privilege of the couch while the lower class citizens were confined to stone benches. Unfortunately, the end of the Roman Empire in the 5th century also wiped out the existence of the couch. For almost 1,000 years, humans only used the trunks, benches, stools and beds for seating more than one person. By the turn of 16th century, however, European artisans began to reimagine and reinvent the couch. The popularity of couches rode along the Industrial revolution and didn’t take that long again until it became a common piece of household furniture for all classes.

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Loveseat

They generally cost less to buy than a traditional sofa because they are so much smaller.
Due to their smaller size, they are a lot easier to move around the room. They can easily fit through a doorway and be moved to a new location inside the home, or even to a new home without a lot of hassle.
They’re great when you want extra seating but don’t have all of the necessary space to devote to a full sofa, such as in a smaller living room, bedroom, or reading nook.
Typically, you will be able to find a love seat for less than the cost of a full sofa because they are so much smaller.

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Armchairs

Because they are smaller, they can easily fit into tighter spaces in your home without appearing too cramped. They have less visual weight than other seating options, and will generally keep a room looking lighter and less cluttered.
Armchairs can easily be reupholstered if you want to change the appearance and décor of your home or living room without going over budget. Instead of larger sofas, which can cost a lot of money to be reupholstered, because there is such a small amount of fabric used on armchairs, it’s not cost-prohibitive to do this.
There are a number of seating arrangements you can make with a pair of armchairs instead of using a large sofa. This is especially useful if you have a living room that is an odd shape, or has a feature like a large fireplace that you want to focus on.
Guests will be able to easily turn their seating so they can enjoy the conversation and not feel left out.
If necessary, an armchair can be moved to the bedroom or another room to get it out of the way if you need to open up more space in the family or living room. This makes it possible to play games, spread out a large project you are working on, or just open up the space for a party without a lot of hassle.

Daybed

Daybeds come complete with a full backboard that runs along the back of the piece of furniture, which offers support during the day if you want to use it more like a traditional sofa.
With armrests on the side, daybeds can even feel like an armchair, giving the user enough support to lean up against them while they sit.
There are some daybeds which offer built-in storage underneath. While regular sofas and loveseats don’t have enough room under them to store any items, this is a great way to squeeze out extra storage space if it’s a little tight in your home.
Unlike love seats, which are too small for someone to lie down on comfortably, daybeds are designed for sleeping, which means they are perfect for taking a nap, resting when you don’t feel great, or stretching out when you are enjoying a movie.
This is a very affordable way to get extra seating as well as a place to sleep in your home.
Because they use standard size mattresses, you won’t have to worry about buying a new one if you ever want to update the style of your daybed.

Banquette

This is ideal if you have a very narrow living room that can’t hold larger pieces of furniture, but still want a place for guests to be able to sit.
Some options come with storage under the bench, which is great for stashing books, magazines, toys, or even blankets and making it easy to quickly tidy up the living room.
Can be used later with a dining room table if you need additional seating.
Easy to move around to the location where you need more seating.
Perfect for small spaces such as a bay window where you want extra seating to enjoy the outside view, but don’t want to block the whole area with a large piece of furniture.

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Sectional Sofa

Unlike a traditional sofa where the piece of furniture is straight, making it difficult for people to sit on it and talk to each other easily, sectionals come in a L or U-shape that allows everyone to interact. This is especially important for homeowners who love to entertain.
Instead of having to buy multiple sofas, loveseats, or armchairs to get the seating you need, this one piece of furniture will take care of all of the seating needs for your living room or family room.
It can be pushed into the corner of the room to maximize the space, or pulled out from the wall to give the room a more unique look and a focal point.
Most are covered in either microfiber or leather and are very comfortable to sit on as well as easy to clean. This makes them ideal for a busy home with kids who may spill while they are sitting.

Convertible Sofa

While regular sofas only work to provide seating during the day and an uncomfortable place to rest during the night, convertible options are great for overnight guests when you don’t have a dedicated guest room or want to set up an air mattress for them to use.
Available in different colors, patterns, and styles, it’s easy to match the décor of your room.
They provide a foundation piece for the rest of the family or living room to be planned around.

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