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The complete guide to seating: couches, chairs, ottomans and stools
It’s hard to get comfy while standing. So pull up a chair, take a load off, kick back or do whatever it is you do! We’ll help you find the best couch, chair, stool and ottoman options in our complete guide to seating.

Couch/sofa
 
In your living space, comfort is likely your #1 consideration. Style, color and fabric also are key factors, so consider who will be using the furniture — you, your pets, overnight visitors, etc.
 
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The Crash Convertible Sofa folds out into a comfy bed so it offers options for overnight guests, especially in a small space. Photo credit: Leigh Fager
 
Dining chairs
 
Ample seating for dinner parties (or the everyday) is essential. Go eclectic with two chair styles like Jenni did in her dining room makeover.
 
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New Grange Café Chair in Matte Green and black wooden New Grange Spindle Back Chairs are a match made in modern farmhouse heaven.  Photo styling credit: Jenni Radosevich, I Spy DIY
 
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Photo styling credit: Jenni Radosevich, I Spy DIY

If you want to have a seriously comfy dinner setting, opt for some cushier chairs with padding or upholstery. They’re perfect for longer gatherings or post-dinner game time.
 
When mixing chairs, try two matching options as chairs at the ends of your table or pick a dining bench for one side of the table, like the Audrey Upholstered Bench.
 
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Photo credit: Lana Katsaros, Happily Curated Chaos
 
Plan ahead. Get an extra set of affordable dining chairs that match your dining table, and keep one in the corner or in the home office. Better safe than sorry when a few more guests show up.

Upholstered accent chairs

They’re versatile enough for curling up with a book or pulling up for game night. Pair two lightweight accent chairs to create a conversation space, or choose a slim modern chair for a home office space.
 
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Ellis Accent Chair photo credit: Debbie Westbrook, Refresh Restyle
 
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Harvey Park Occasional Chair styling credit: Jenni Radosevich, I Spy DIY
 
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Ottomans
 
Bachelor night, book club, game night or watching the big game — all require ample, mobile seating, and ottomans are just what you need.
 
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The versatile Eden Rue Stool/Side Table can be used in a variety of ways. Photo credit: Leigh Fager

 
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Add the Elsie Ottoman for an additional comfy seating spot.

Photo credit: Colleen Ludovice, Inspired to Share

 
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Eclectic style makes the Viabella Ottoman a stand-out piece. Photo credit: Leigh Fager

 
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Photo credit: Leigh Fager

 
Counter/bar-height stools
 
If you’ve ever hosted a party, you know the kitchen is where groups gather. Give guests a seat at the kitchen island or countertop with counter- or bar-height stools.
 
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The Sauder Boutique Dixon Dowell Stool is a modern, stylish bar stool that can take your space up a notch. Photo credit: Tyler and Haylee Shelton, Tribe Tyler


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Photo credit: Tyler and Haylee Shelton, Tribe Tyler


Counter-height stool, kitchen stool, breakfast bar, modern stool

Photo credit: Tyler and Haylee Shelton, Tribe Tyler


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Add some stylish seating with wrought metal Cannery Bridge Counter-Height Stools. Photo credit: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

 
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Photo credit: Photo credit: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

 
Benches and small stools
 
Place a stool or bench in your entryway for a spot to take off/put on your shoes. Put it under the window for your pet to perch on. Move it around your home to add instant seating to anywhere it’s needed. Whatever you do with it, you won’t regret having a multipurpose bench or stool around the house.
 
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The most convenient seating companion to any space: the New Grange Accent Stool. Photo credit: Julia Marcum, Chris Loves Julia

 
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Photo credit: Julia Marcum, Chris Loves Julia

 
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Photo styling credit: Jenni Radosevich, I Spy DIY

 
Leigh loves how the Eden Rue Stool/Side Table fits her ever-changing living space and needs.
 
“Seating has to be able to be moved around, stacked in a corner or used as something else. These stool/side tables can be used as tables, seats, foot rests and more, plus they can be stacked and moved with ease.”
 
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Photo credit: Leigh Fager


Side table, accent table, living room

Photo credit: Leigh Fager

 
Side table, accent table, living room

Photo styling credit: Colleen Ludovice, Inspired to Share

 
Picking out seating for your home shouldn’t be hard. Once you know which space and for what purpose the seating will serve, you just need to pick what suits you best. If it makes you comfortable inside and out, go for it! Odds are, everyone else will love it, too.
 
Top photo credit: Tyler and Haylee Shelton, Tribe Tyler