We can be ever so rigid in our thinking at times. Armchairs and sofas go in the living room, do not they? That's where they've always gone. That's where we relax in front of the TV, open Christmas presents, and have lazy evening takeaways when we can not muster the energy to set up the dining room. It's where we entertain and relax.
Why restrict ourselves, though? There are a number of rooms that armchairs would easily fit into, and in fact, there are a number of use cases that are crying out for armchairs above all else. With handicraft furniture companies (see below for an example), you have ample options to tailor an armchair to those specific environments. No need to worry about your armchair looking like it's been pulled straight out of the living room and is being held somewhere else temporarily.
1. Under the stairs
A vacant space under a set of stairs can easily be transformed into a reading area with the addition of an armchair, and little else. It's a simple, cost-effective change – no shelving, carpeting and so on necessary. You just need to fit in with the color scheme of your hall.
There is a danger that this chair might end up being used as an incredibly luxurious shoe fitting point, however. If you do not think anyone in your family is likely to actually read under the stairs, the armchair may end up being more decorative than functional – which might not be a problem for you, depending on your circumstances.
2. In an improvised cinema room
While many of us watched MTV Cribs bursting with jealousy and loathing, some of us might have seen the cinema rooms in a number of celebrity mansions as inspiration for a smaller-scale cinema room project of their own.
While the rich and famous might have the space for a thirty-seating cinema in their basement, the rest of us do not. So the rows of plush cinema seating that the stars have are not really of any use to us. A handful of armchairs would neatly achieve the same objective, though.
3. In the bedroom
The armchair in the bedroom helps with a very 21st century issue – the quandary of laptop, tablet or phone use in bed while your partner is trying to sleep.
Be it an email you just need to send that night, or some last minute present buying or travel arrangements, our lives are increasingly governed by devices, and at the same time, we're increasingly expected to be accessible and available all hours of the day.
As a result, we're sometimes forced to poke at devices in the dark, all while finding brightness settings that strike the delay balance between readability and how much it disturbs our sleeping partners. We could always move off the bed, but what's more comfortable than a bed in a bedroom? An armchair could be a close second. It's a wonder more people do not have comfortable seating in their bedrooms for this very scenario.
4. In the conservatory
Conservatories are difficult to contend with, furniture-wise. Do you make the conservatory a secondary summer dining area, a bright working space, or a living room without a TV?
From where I'm sitting, using it as a summer dining area seems unnecessary. Your summer dining area will be your garden or patio if you have the space, and if the weather is good enough, so why would you need what is effectively a tertiary dining area?
As for the well-lit study suggestion, appealing though it sounds to work under the sun without contending with sudden winds, nothing renders a computer screen unreadable as quickly as sunlight shining directly onto it. Before you know it you've closed so many blinds to block out the sun you've taken away all of the benefits of the conservatory in the first place.
The conservatory as TV-less living room argument is persuasive though. Perfect for entertaining guests before dinner, or even for day-to-day reading, web browsing, or just for sitting down with a cup of coffee and looking out at the scenery. You could start with an armchair, and then add other living room accoutrements if the armchair trial proves successful and desirable.