You can find various types of sitting furniture for homes and offices. While sofas and chairs are the most preferred types, there are various other pieces of fixtures meant for seating. In this post, we bring you a list of the types of sitting furniture for your home.
Chairs come in different varieties and are designed to fit in different places around the house and serve different sitting needs. The following are the most common types of chairs:
- Wing Chair : The wing chair has been used for many years. Now, they also come in modern, contemporary designs. As the name suggests, wingback chairs have sort of “wings” on the back to help shield the occupant from heavy drafts or excessive heat from the fireplace.
- Occasional Chair : This is exclusive and used only occasionally; meant for special guest. They mainly add decorative value to the room.
- Side Chair : Dining chairs are typical examples of side chairs. They are small chairs and come with frame which is usually not upholstered. They can also be added in any other room, as they save space on account of their small frame.
- Reclining Chair : Also called an Easy Chair, this is great for falling into and relaxing at the end of a long day.
- Rocking Chair : This is yet another chair meant for relaxing. The rocking motion soothes the occupant and gives them a sense of peace.
- Club Chair : This is a cushy upholstered chair with arms and a low back. It is especially designed for comfort and relaxation.
- Slipper Chair : This is an armless upholstered chair with short legs. So it is closer to the ground and hence, feels more comfortable.
- Ottoman : This is a standalone piece of furniture, on which the user often stretches his or her legs while sitting or reclining on a chair. This, however, can also be used to sit on.
- Chaise Lounge : A chaise is a long, narrow chair, especially designed so that occupants can stretch their legs, without having to use an extra ottoman. This is usually used as an outdoor patio furniture.
- Klismos Chair : These curved, graceful chairs are popular for their stylish look and comfortable feel. They are available in a variety of materials, colours and coverings.
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Like chairs, one can find infinite types of sofas, ranging from Victorian-style sofas to the more modern styles. Here are the most common types:
- Sectional Sofas are multi-piece sofas, which can be arranged in any configuration as you wish. They usually include fixtures, which keep the pieces from separating. The two most common configurations are L-shape and U-shape.
- Lawson-Style Sofas are especially designed for comfort. Their main element is a back which comprises movable pillows, which are separate from the main frame.
- Chesterfield Sofas are famous for their “quilted” style. Some have the same style all the way through, while others feature it only on the seating section and the arms.
- Mid-Century Modern Sofas look and feel great in any home. This type of sofa set is all about minimalist design and clean lines. It comes in a variety of designs and colours and; combined with the right accessories and other elements around the home; it can stand out as a stunning piece of furniture. This could also come in a contemporary mid-century modern style, which is even more minimalist in nature and could even include a Chesterfield design.
- English Sofas are famous for their low arms and high back. Designed for maximum comfort, they are tightly upholstered throughout and also cushioned all over, including the arms. In fact, the rolled arms are sometimes so low that the sofas appear to be armless.
- Bridgewater Sofas are similar to the English ones, except that the arms are slightly rolled to the side and are lower than the sofa back. Also, they are not upholstered quite so tightly.
- Cabriole Sofas are known for their continuous, equal-height back and arms. The arms sometimes curve inward, creating the effect of a long line.
- Camel Back Sofas have a higher back in the center, which gradually descends into the arms of the sofa. Some have two arches on the back. These sofas have exposed wood on the top, back and arms and also in the leg area.
- Sleeper Sofas are also meant for sleeping or reclining and range from futons to pull-outs to double-beds to even bunk-bed styles.
- Loveseat Sofas are made just for two people and often form a part of living room furniture. They come in a variety of styles, materials and colours.
- Divans are sofas without backs. Hence, they have to be placed against a bare wall and are stacked with pillows for extra comfort.
- Recliner Sofas are fairly recent, but are growing in popularity. They are good as a family room and media room fixture.
- Settees are wide chairs, which are narrower than loveseats. They are also less comfortable than the latter. However, they do lend their own old-world charm to any room they are placed in and are ideal for a foyer area.
- Tuxedo Sofas have high arms, with the back cutting straight across. Though not exactly comfortable, these do look classy and riveting in a living or family room.
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Besides chairs and sofas, you can place a variety of stools in any room, to make it look good and to save space as well. Most common types include tall, thin bar stools; nested stools, which come as a set of multiple pieces; modas (a kind of ottoman), which were originally made of cane; and other wooden, leather and moulded plastic stools of all shapes, sizes and colours.
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How to Choose the Right Sitting Furniture
The unending variety of furniture and styles available in the market makes it difficult to decide what to buy for a house and which room to use it in. Take your time, talk to your client, discuss in detail to understand exactly what they are looking for and then go ahead to choose the right sitting furniture for their home.
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