Originally designed in the late 1600’s as a wide chair to accommodate a woman and her voluminous dresses (including skirts, hoops and slips of the day), by the 1800’s and 1900’s the term loveseat or courting chair became prevalent and began to be used as a seating arrangement for two.
Today, loveseats remain popular adding seating options and functionality in a variety of rooms. People choose them for their coziness, versatility and small footprint. Many wonder what the difference is between a loveseat and settee. While often the terms are used interchangeably, a settee implies a more bench like structure, either having less padding or more exposed wood on arms, legs and frame. A settee can lend a more formal or regal look.
There are so many different ways to add a loveseat to your home, but here are our five favorite spots:
Living Room – Many living room sets come standard with a matching sofa and loveseat accompanied by an accent chair, this is an easy and obvious choice. Some folks prefer non-matching furniture choices, and certainly there is no rule that says the loveseat has to perfectly match the sofa. For an eclectic or custom look, chose a loveseat that does not match, but still complements the rest of your furnishings. Some designers choose to make the loveseat the “accent piece” in the room by selecting one with a pop of color or bold pattern.
If you like the balanced, symmetrical effect of two facing sofas in your living room, but don’t have quite enough room; or want to add armchairs to the couch duo as well, echo the same look utilizing two loveseats. Double loveseats will take up a smaller footprint, allowing you to fit them into tighter spaces or giving you more options on surrounding furnishings.
Apartment – Apartment living can be great, but many apartments don’t have enough space in the living room for a sofa or sectional. Between creating multi-functional space, sometimes challenging architectural configurations and traffic patterns, you may not have room for large contiguous furniture options. Often a loveseat can fit your space better AND leave room for an accent chair or two.
Home Office – Because the majority of the focus is on the desk and chair combo and creating functional work space, non-desk seating is relegated to what is left over. Many times there is room for an armchair or two, but since this is an office in your home, a loveseat is a popular option. Not only does it have a less formal feel, you can opt for a loveseat with a hidden sleeper and voila, you’ve got the perfect space for overnight guests.
Master Bedroom – If you are fortunate enough to have extra space for seating in your bedroom, consider a loveseat rather than an armchair. While a single accent chair and a lamp tucked in a corner can create a reading nook, the overall impression can come across as stark or lonely. However swapping that chair out for a loveseat will instantly give it a cozier look.
Hallways and Entryways – Many hallways, entryways and foyers have an extra little alcove just screaming to be filled with the convenience of something to sit on. A settee or tailored loveseat might be an ideal choice here, you will be likely looking for a selection that has a smaller footprint to stay clear of traffic while still providing a spot to sit or rest items.