Small living rooms are great when you only have one or two people to entertain or snuggle up with for the evening. But what happens when a couple of friends pop over to watch Bake Off unannounced? With the festive season fast approaching (less than 100 sleeps to go –eek!) where do those extra family members perch to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a classic Christmas film?
Here are some chic and affordable solutions to get more bums on seats this season, without compromising on space or style.
Fold-up seating is of course an obvious solution. With chairs that fold up to be only 3 or 4 inches wide, they can be easily stored behind the sofa and whipped out whenever they are needed. This one from Habitat is a particular favourite, thanks to its bright colour and modern, minimal design.
Footstools are actually an essential piece of furniture that often get overlooked. A stylish ottoman can not only be a great storage solution, but can also be used as an extra place to sit when not being used as a comfy footrest. This selection of footstools from Arlo & Jacob has something to suit any interior style and showcases various different upholsteries so you can choose the finish that best complements your space.
Beanbags are not just for the kids’ rooms! With a large variety of shapes, sizes and colours to choose from, they can be a fantastic seating solution that can be easily transported from one room to another. Not just available in the cotton or canvas you remember from childhood, they now come rendered in luxe shapes and fabrics. This beanbag is particularly cosy and the plush grey furry style will introduce a touch of texture.
Perhaps best suited to the more agile amongst your friendship group, large cushions, or ‘floor cushions’ as they are sometimes known, are a great way of fitting more people comfortably into a small living space. There’s also something quite nostalgic about having to sit on the floor to enjoy a film or a good old chinwag. Choose a large, overstuffed cushion that will complement your sofa when it’s not in use as a seat – one in a tonal colour or charming stripes can then be thrown onto the sofa without a care and used as a comfy headrest when reading or watching TV.
With so many seating options for small living spaces, it’s time to stop worrying about where people will sit at impromptu gatherings and get planning some more cosy get-togethers instead. As the nights draw in towards autumn there’s no better way to socialise than in your very own living room.]]
What is your top tip for making more room in your home for seating?