No matter what your living room looks like and how much space you have, I’m sure we’ve all experienced that rushing feeling of ‘oh no! We don’t have enough seats!’ There is always the hassle of searching around the garage for fold up seats, pulling seats out of the kid’s room and home office and grabbing chairs from around the dining table until you have enough seats but there is barely any room to move around in the living area not to mention the place looks super cluttered!
Believe it or not there are ways to avoid that manic rush an hour before your guests arrive and the best part about it is that having additional seating that stays in your living space as decorations require barely any clean up or clutter!
We’ve searched the depths of the Internet and used our personal experiences to give you our 5 favourite living room additional seating tricks that will allow you to save your time, clutter and energy for entertaining your guests!
- The Pouffe
Pouffe’s can be used as both a decoration piece and also as an alternative seating option. The best thing about pouffe’s is that you probably already have one! They seem to be living room essentials nowadays, serving a wide variety of purposes such as a makeshift table, a foot rest, a seat and anything else you can think of!
Benches are an easy, cost effective and functional way to add extra seating into any living space. Sure, you can purchase a bench with storage underneath but you can just as easily make one but purchasing a cheap bookshelf, tipping it on its side and chucking some pillows on it. How easy! When the bench isn’t being used as a seat, it’s still serving it’s purpose of being a storage holder too!
The easiest way to create extra seating in a living room is with pillows! Pillows can come in all shapes and sizes, and you can even get pillows that are made especially to be sat on. The cheapness and availability of pillows mean that it’s a no stress situation then the coverings start to fade. Pillows can be used as decoration pieces on the lounge as well when they aren’t being used as alternative seating!
- Extra seating coffee tables
Did you know that you can purchase coffee tables that come with pull out seats? This is a great idea for anyone who has a big family or large group of friends that always end up back at their house! These come in all different shapes and sizes and are absolutely perfect when entertaining! The best part about these coffee tables is that the seats don’t take up any extra room!
- Coffee table ottomans
Doubling your coffee table as an ottoman is another awesome idea that will give a few more people some extra room for sitting when you’re entertaining. Like any coffee table, these hybrids come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, varying in levels of coffee tableness and ottomanness. With the ones that are more ottoman than coffee table you are able to accessories by putting down a tray to hold decorations and ornaments.