Traditional living rooms seem to all be furnished with different variations of the sofa and love seat combination. Sure, you might see ones that utilize the occasional comfy chair or recliner, but you don’t see many living rooms without a couch by and large.
For those of you that might be considering ditching the traditional furnished look of your living room, we’ve put some work into finding some of the most unique layouts. The following examples of living rooms are ones furnished with chairs as the only seats. We’ve been able to find great layouts for single folks, families, and couples. If you want to rid your room of the sofa, read ahead to see what others who felt the same way have achieved.
1. Chairs Set At Angles
Two comfortable Chesterfield-style chairs instead of a traditional sofa take up space in this living room. The chairs are set at forty-five-degree angles to one another. This configuration will allow two people to converse comfortably and lends the room to be ideal for two people to sit next to each other and read. The classic black interior of this living room is complete with the fireplace in the background.
2. Single remote worker layout
This apartment dweller had the task of furnishing a tiny living room while trying to accommodate their remote office. The solitary chair is set in front of a great window, which overlooks a high view of the city. The owner chose a narrow desk and tidy chair to work from and was able to place it on the wall opposite the chair. This makes this smaller room the perfect home office/living room combination for the remote urban worker.
3. Open floor plan with multiple seating areas
Here, we see a lot of open room for living space. The layout was designed to have various seating areas, making it great for medium-sized gatherings. Two chairs sit at angles to each other in the foreground, with ottomans in front of each. This is an excellent spot for a couple to relax and put their feet up at the end of a long day.
Beyond this, we see that the homeowner has set multiple chairs around a central coffee table. This is better for families or smaller gatherings of friends.
4. Dual chairs in front of a television
This serves as a great layout for those who are single or couples without children. Two comfy chairs are set at angles in front of a big-screen television. A small, shared coffee table is in between them. Smaller living rooms in apartments would be ideal for this setup, as it takes up a minimal amount of room. The chairs can also be rearranged easily to face one another, allowing for more intimate and focused conversations.
5. Open room with side table
The homeowner here clearly wants to keep the floor plan of the living room as open as possible. At the side of the room are two chairs beset with a smaller table. This is a great setup for couples who want intimate conversations and probably have a separate space for entertaining guests. While the lack of a sofa leaves a sizable void in this layout, the available floor space is ample for anyone who might practice yoga or tai-chi.
6. The single person who wants the library look
If you’re living alone and crave the library look, this design is worth your consideration. A lone comfy chair sits off to the left, while a study table and chair sit at the right. The wall in the background is lined with shelves of books, completing this look. While not for families or for those who like to entertain large groups, this layout is perfect for the single person who wants to spend their time at home in studious solitude.
7. Four chair layout
The homeowner here chose to use four comfy chairs instead of two sofas. These are set at slight angles to one another and surround a common coffee table. This setup can have end tables or floor lamps easily added to it.
The end tables featured below are an open design. The pair has plenty of tabletop space, with open storage underneath.
If you like this room layout, then consider this floor lamp. The industrial design fits into the room nicely.
8. Chairs and ottoman combination
This homeowner has matching chairs set side by side. These comfortable seats have a coffee table set within comfortable reach. In the foreground, there are matching leather ottomans. These are clearly set out of the way too far for use in the chairs. Therefore, this layout uses the ottomans for additional seating when entertaining.
Consider the one below if you’re looking for an ottoman that could be used for an extra seat. Designed with mid-century modern in mind, this durable ottoman has legs made from hardwood, supporting a teal upholstered seat.
9. The bean bag living room
While not for everyone, this look is worth your consideration. Rather than use the traditional sofa and love seat combination, the homeowner instead used giant bean bag chairs. These jumbo seats are really comfy and are centered around a shared coffee table, also made of bean bags. While this isn’t the most “adult” design on this post, it’s a fun alternative to the norm.
10. Just a bunch of cushions
If sofas or bean bags aren’t your thing, then maybe you should consider covering your living room floor with comfortable cushions. These makeshift chairs are low to the ground, comfortable, and are easily stowed out of the way for yoga sessions. The homeowner here makes use of this brightly lit room and has added live greenery to it. Stacks of books are doubling as end tables, completing the non-traditional look.
11. Four-person conversation pit
Finally, we see our last example of a sofa-less living room. The layout here utilizes a similar four-chair arrangement to the one we featured previously.
The matching chairs are light in color and make a great addition to this brightly-lit living room. With no television in sight, this setup is clearly for a household that values the art of conversation and doesn’t want to be distracted by electronics. The fireplace in the background ties the room together nicely, giving it a cozy appeal.
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