Furniture options for game day – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Q: We desperately need living room furniture, but the issue is that my roommates and I often host parties to watch football games and other events. One of my roommates wants to go buy a bunch of old recliners and set them out in rows in front of the TV but I think that’s a horrible idea. He thought of this because his dad is a firefighter and that’s how they set up their common room.

I want furniture that’s more flexible but we don’t have a lot of money. What do you think?

K. R.

A: For a dedicated TV or movie room, this is such a fun idea, and it’s a charming tribute to your roomie’s dad and firefighters! But I’m on your side if you have only one TV/living room and it’s the place where everyone wants to hang out. Walking in and seeing the backs of a bunch of recliners isn’t exactly welcoming … or particularly social.

Even if the TV is the main focal point, the furniture should work for other activities, including talking, reading and more. With a sofa, two chairs, benches and ottomans, you’ll get a comfortable and inviting living room arrangement that’s as perfect for two or three people as it is for 10 or 12.

Lately, I’ve been using sofas with an arm only on one side. These function as a comfortable sofa as well as a bench or ottoman. They’re even great for napping. Customize them with an oversized scarf or beautiful pieces of fabric to add personality.

Add floor pillows or poufs, which are very easy to rearrange. Cover small accent chairs with fun fabrics or fleece. And don’t forget small end tables that will help create a loungelike atmosphere. When your friends have a place to set their drinks, they can be more comfortable without worrying about spills.

Shop for a mix of new and used furniture to get the arrangement down, but you don’t need to buy it all at once. Have fun with this and let me know how it turns out!

Adams is a designer, writer and TV personality. Send your questions to


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