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If you’re looking for a way to sneak in stylish sophistication to your home’s decor
, consider a chaise lounge chair or divan. Whether you’re outfitting a reading nook or adding extra seating to your living room
, they’re sure to be a chic accessory that will complete any look. Since it will likely be an investment piece
, be sure to make the right decision when purchasing by understanding what to look for and deciding what chaise lounge is right for your home.
What’s the difference between divans
, chaise lounges and settees?
There isn’t a big one
, and they essentially function in the same fashion. A chaise lounge (meaning “long chair” in French) is a one
, two or no-armed sofa featuring a low or half back — think chair and ottoman combined. A divan tends to be a bit larger and closer to the ground
, and usually does away with any arms or back
, leaving a mattress-like cushion that can be used as a daybed of sorts. Lastly
, with two arms and a back
, a settee is most like a small
, slender sofa. Some settees resemble a bench
, and work well at the foot of a bed or in an entryway.
Which chaise lounge chair should I buy?
This depends a lot on the style you’re looking for: many have become more trendy as well
, so often the styles appear very similar. Divans tend to be perceived as more functional than a traditional chaise lounge sofa
, given their bed-like ability
, but the latter can add an elegant touch to a living room or bedroom. In the end
, it comes down to function and aesthetics: determine where and in what way you want to use it
, and how you want it to look in your home.
Where should I put a chaise lounge?
These pieces of furniture are actually useful in a wide variety of spots throughout the home. Want to create a cozy reading nook in your bedroom? Outfit it with a comfortable chaise lounge sofa and enjoy a book into the wee hours. Settees and divans are also great for adding seating space to living rooms without creating a visually bulky set-up. Place an armless chaise across from a sofa with a coffee table in-between for ample entertaining.
What style chaise lounge sofa should I choose?
Determine where you’re going to place it
, and then survey the room’s current decor. For a vintage look
, scour flea markets or antique stores to score an affordable settee that will add instant charm to your space. If you’re looking to go modern
, consider something sleek and plush. For contemporary appeal
, find an armless lounge chair or divan and consider a bold or vibrant colored fabric.
What should I look for in upholstery?
Since chaise lounges are usually meant for relaxation
, find a fabric that will suit that. Cotton
, linen and polyester will provide a soft surface that’s durable to boot. If you want to go sleek and contemporary
, choose ultrasuede for an eye-catching element. If you’re thinking more Victorian era
, velvet will do the trick.