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Furniture Buying Guide: Living Room – Bed Bath & Beyond

Our editors select their favorite living room sets under 2500$, for every budget and style.

1) US Pride Furniture Lucas Sofa and Loveseat Set | 2) Signature Design by Ashley Furniture Chamberly Sofa | 3) Modway Remark Mid-Century Modern Sofa | 4) Modway Engage Mid-Century Sectional Sofa In Azure | 5) Modway Engage Mid-Century Sectional Sofa In Sunny | 6) Modway Empress Mid-Century Sectional Sofa Set | 7) Modern Contemporary Sofa and Armchair Set | 8) HOMES: Inside + Out Avalina Sofa Set | 9) Homelegance 5 Piece Microfiber/Bonded Leather Sofa | 10) Homelegance 3 Piece Bonded Leather Sofa | 11) Homelegance 3 Piece Bonded Nail Head Accent Sofa | 12) Christies Home Living Room Set | 13) Broyhill Emily Collection 6263-2-3/4022-44/CW4073-48/4122-44/8712-45 Sofa | 14) Baxton Studio Le Corbusier-Style Petite Sofa/Chair Set | 15) Angela Grey Fabric Modern Sofa and Loveseat Set | 16) American Eagle Furniture Living Room Sofa Set | 17) American Eagle Furniture Arcadia Collection Living Room Sofa Set | 18) American Eagle Furniture King Collection Sofa Set | 19) Abbyson Levi Swivel Glider Recliner | 20) Abbyson Grace Sofa Loveseat Reclining Set |

Help Me Choose

What’s Your Design Style?

There’s no single “best” way to furnish and decorate your living room or family room. Your choices in sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs, and table styles are virtually limitless. You might like a rustic room that welcomes you to curl up with a good book. Or you may prefer more of a traditional “den” feeling that invites the gang to put their feet up, munch on popcorn, and watch a football game or movie.

How Much Furniture Will You Need?

This depends on the size of your space. For an average-sized living room, you’ll need the basics: one sofa, two accent chairs, one coffee table and two end tables. If space permits, consider adding a loveseat, a recliner, and an ottoman (some offer additional storage inside). For lighting, consider at least two table lamps (one on each end table) and a floor lamp for reading. An area rug can make the space cozy.

Some people like to buy all their living room furniture at once others buy one or two pieces at a time. Whichever way you prefer, keep in mind that it’s fine to mix and match styles, colors and patterns this gives a room a cool, “curated” look, as if you had collected your pieces gradually over the years.

How Will You Use Your Room?

Think about whether this space will be a formal living room for “company only,” or more of a welcoming space with comfy couches, extra-wide chairs, and oversized coffee tables that can hold books, magazines, and trays of snacks. To decide whether your vibe is formal or casual, ask yourself, “Will my living room invite feet on the furniture?”

Use and Care

Even if you’re a neat freak, you can’t avoid the inevitable spill or stain (a toppled drink, a smashed stray potato chip). Here are some fast fixes and maintenance guidelines to help keep your furniture in tip-top shape:

  • For upholstered pieces, regularly vacuum the cushions.
  • For spills, always consult the manufacturer’s care label attached to your new furniture. The prevailing advice is to immediately blot (don’t rub!) any spills with a color-fast sponge or a white cotton towel. But depending on the fabric type, some manufacturers recommend letting the stain dry first and then vacuuming the residue.
  • Consider slipcovers to protect your new sofa (or, later, to give your worn couch an updated look).
  • Be kind to upholstered and wooden furniture by positioning it out of direct sunlight.
  • Clean wooden furniture with products formulated specifically for wood. Do not use soap or harsh chemicals.
  • Dust wood pieces using only a soft cloth — even paper towels can scratch some wood finishes.

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