A yellow chaise in a bedroom

Chaise Lounge

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 2/22/2021

A chaise lounge can be an excellent addition to just about any living room or family room, ensemble. However, as with any furniture purchase, there are plenty of things to consider before getting too comfortable.


The term chaise lounge can refer to just about any long chair or reclining chair that’s typically meant for lounging or laying on. More traditionally, a chaise lounge chair usually consists of an arm or backing at one end and a back support typically running partially or wholly across the backside. Although, some chaises have arms or backing at both ends and look more like a chaise sofa. A chaise lounge is sometimes referred to as a fainting couch or a Victorian couch, and is iconically associated with psychoanalysis as popularized by Sigmund Freud. Today, a sectional sofa with a leather chaise lounge is a popular choice of furniture, even coming in a double chaise lounge version for more room.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Chaise Lounge?

If you’re thinking about adding a chaise lounge to your home décor, you may want to take into consideration a few important details:

  • A traditional style chaise lounge can be an elegant and sophisticated design choice, especially in a study or an office. However, you may want to find one that’s as equally comfortable, as many vintage and repop models are more decorative than functional.
  • If you’re considering a modern sectional sofa with chaise, you may want to double check your measurements. A sectional sofa with chaise can be quite large, especially when put in a smaller space with additional furniture. Also, they are notoriously difficult to arrange and move due to their shape.