9 creative alternatives to the classic sofa

April Kennedy April Kennedy
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In times past, people relaxed on classic old chesterfield sofas, sat primly on stiff-backed Victorian items, and of course, reclined on beautiful collections of cushions on the floor. So if you're looking to break away from a standard old sofa, there are lots of alternatives. Designers are also continuing to explore new ideas, so there is lots of contemporary inspiration to be had as well.

Today, we will explore 9 alternatives to the classic sofa. They range from glitzy high-end luxurious sofas, to some pretty awesome DIY projects. Come with us if you're in the mood for a change! You'll find lots of furniture options that are ideal for contemporary houses.

1. An array of floor cushions

This gorgeous living room has a chic, colourful ambience. The low level of the cushions makes the room feel relaxed, low key and just a little bit sumptuous.

2. Wooden platform sofa

Wooden platforms are a great alternative to the standard sofa. They can be designed to really make the most of every inch in a small living space. Best of all, the support structure can double as a storage space.

3. Upscale beanbags

Beanbags aren't just for teenagers and small children! Here we have some of the upscale beanbags created by Global Bedding. They call them Pushbags!

4. Cardboard furniture

Cardboard furniture is certainly one of the more experimental design trends at the moment. It is strong, totally environmentally friendly and surprisingly comfortable with the right amount of cushions!

5. Foldable sofas

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Millimeter Interior Design Limited

Magazine editorial—House in Sai Kung by Millimeter

Millimeter Interior Design Limited

Foldable sofas are definitely in at the moment. They are created from firm cushioning and can be folded into a variety of configurations for sleeping, sitting and lounging. 

6. A cushion set

These simple large cushions are perfectly suited to this simple and earthy living room. They would make the perfect accompaniment to another, perhaps more standard-style sofa. It would have to be low-set of course!

7. Japanese Zen-style living area

In the past, many homes didn't have sofas or even living areas at all. People just enjoyed each other's company around large dining tables. Perhaps this Zen-inspired Japanese living area might appeal.

8. Window seats

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Window seat

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If you are considering an alternative to the classic sofa, you might be a little short on space. There's no reason you can't just create a custom DIY sofa to suit your living space. A window seat like this is great!

9. Wooden palette sofas

Wooden palettes are a great choice if you have the DIY spirit. All you need to do is sand down a few old palette and stick some single mattresses on top. They could even provide extra sleeping spots for young guests as well.

If you like to do things a little differently, check out 12 ideas for unique built-in bookshelves.

What to consider when choosing alternatives to couches

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A Vintage Lifestyle—Villa Rocha, Hong Kong

Grande Interior Design

When you are looking for a couch alternative online or in a furniture store, try to choose one that suits the overall theme or design style of your home. A floor cushion will work better as a living room couch in a rustic style home but would look entirely out of place in a formal living room. Also, you should keep in mind the ease of maintenance as floor cushions can get dirty easily and also need to be shifted during the daily cleaning routine. 

Multifunctional couches

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Concealed front door create tidy and open living space

Nelson W Design

In modern homes with space limitations, multi-function couches are excellent alternatives. Among the most loved versions of these is the floor couch, which offers low seating and can double as a bed when you have extra guests. The futon couch is another option that is popular as it can fold up into a seat or be pulled down to create a makeshift bed when necessary.

Which of these alternatives to the classic sofa is your favourite? Let us know in the comments field below!

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