What are the Best Sofas for a Rec Room?

best sofas for a rec room

Ever wanted a room where you can just unwind and have fun? A rec room, (short for recreation room) is a place in your home that is designed specifically as a relaxation room to entertain, play games, or simply to chill in. A rec room can also be called a game room and can be used for many different things, but the overall goal is to create a comfortable and fun space for you and your guests. And there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the best sofas for a rec room, so we’ve made a list.

Types of Entertainment

There are many different types of sofas that can be used in a rec room. Depending on how you want to use your room, we’ve got the best types of sofas to fit each need!

The Gamer

Reclining Rec Room Sofa

If you’re looking to use your room for multiple purposes, then a recliner sofa would be a good choice. Its reclining features allow you to kick your feet up and enjoy a good movie but can also act as a regular sofa when guests are over. It is also the ultimate gaming sofa for anyone who loves playing video games. These sofas usual seat two to three people and commonly have durable fabric to withstand the reclining mechanisms. This reclining sofa is the perfect game room sofa that looks stylish and is tremendously comfortable.

The Up All-Nighter

Sectional Rec Room Sofa

A sectional sofa would be one of the best sofas for a rec room if you were entertaining a big group of people. They provide a lot of space for seating so you can invite more people when you’re throwing your epic party. Some sectional sofas even feature movable pieces so you can arrange them into multiple designs to fit into any room. Sectionals are especially nice for larger spaces to fill the room but to also give a cozy aesthetic. If you’re not sure what size sectional would fit your space best, check out our Sectional Sofa Buying Guide to help you find the perfect fit for you.

The Bookworm

Chaise Rec Room Sofa
Pictured Above: Ashley Abney Sofa Chaise

A chaise sofa is something a little bigger than your regular sofa. While a regular sofa seats roughly two people, the chaise generally seats two to three. The design of this chair is made to stretch out on so you can kick up your feet after a long day. It makes for the perfect place to snuggle up and read a good book. It’s also very visually appealing in any space because of its unique and elegant design.

Design Styles

Rec Room Image

We have separated our design styles into four different categories: contemporary, transitional, traditional and mid-century modern. Everyone has different recreation room furniture and it is designed differently with their own style. We’ve put together some ideas of sofas so you can check out each design style and find one that suits you!

Contemporary

Contemporary Sofa Style

Contemporary style is the design of monochromatic colors, geometric shapes, and stylish clean furniture. It is particularly interesting because it takes into consideration new trends and keeps its design exciting. It’s abstract and fresh and is the very definition of modern with unique furniture. If you’re looking for a rec room sofa to fit your contemporary space, consider straight lines and bold colors. This design style works accompanied with a pool table makes for the perfect contemporary recreation space.

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Sofa Style
Pictured Above: Ashley Cardello Sofa

Mid-century modern style is a mix of vintage and retro design. It is a very distinct and organic style that people can have fun with but not get too overwhelmed by. It has a simplistic aesthetic attached to its name and can include any elements from wood, metal and marble design. If you’re looking for a trendy sofa for your mid-century modern space, don’t be afraid to get creative!

Traditional

Transitional style is a combination of contemporary and traditional. This style incorporates wooden and marble elements to give any room a casual and classic feel. It uses sophistication to its advantage to equate to its timeless aesthetic and simple patterns are used to accent the neutral color palette of the room. If you’re more in between design styles, this would be a good place to start when looking for sofas to match your recreation room style.

Transitional

Pictured Above: Ashley Alturo Sofa Chaise

Transitional style is a combination of contemporary and traditional. This style incorporates wooden and marble elements to give any room a casual and classic feel. It uses sophistication to its advantage to equate to its timeless aesthetic and simple patterns are used to accent the neutral color palette of the room. If you’re more in between design styles, this would be a good place to start when looking for sofas to match your recreation room style.

Not sure what design style you are? Take our Interior Design Quiz and learn more about what home style speaks to you!

Space

Rec Room Image

When choosing the best sofa for your rec room you have to consider the space you’re using. For larger spaces you’ll need to find a sofa that perfectly fits without looking too small or too crowded, for apartments or smaller houses your rec room might be just an adaptation of a second bedroom. We found the best couches for you depending on your space!

Small Living Space

Apartment Sofa

What if you live in an apartment or smaller house and don’t have room to add a huge sofa? Commonly a rec room is situated in the basement but there’s no rule saying it can’t be anywhere else in your home. Think about getting a love seat or a chaise sofa. These fit perfectly into any smaller room but don’t make your space seem too cramped. Even if you’re wanting some more space in your room for other activities such as yoga or pilates, a smaller sofa would be a great addition. They are also perfect for the visual appeal of any room because they both have a unique and cozy design.

Large Living Space

Sometimes finding the right sofa for a larger space can be challenging, but don’t worry, you can’t go wrong with a sectional sofa! Sectionals are the best sofas for a rec room that’s larger because they allow you to define your space and work with practically any open floor plan. It is perfect for entertaining bigger groups or parties because it seats multiple people. A nice feature of the sectional sofa is that it can separate areas of the room to break up the space you’re entertaining in.


No matter the type of sofa, size of your space, or design style you have, you don’t need to stress about finding the perfect sofa for your rec room.

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