A lot of people have problems with their home’s seating capacity. Often a home will have plenty of seating for day-to-day purposes, but will struggle to seat guests as well. If you have guests regularly, you may be keen to find a better way to seat them all. At the same time, you may be reluctant to clutter your home up with too much furniture.
If this describes your situation, it can seem as if you will forever find yourself relegated to the floor to make room for guests. However, there are several ways you can give your home extra seating without too much clutter.
One of the simplest solutions is to invest in a set of folding chairs. These can be brought out when they are needed, and then folded up and put away when the guests have left. Folding chairs can be compact enough to fit in a cupboard or wardrobe, or sometimes even be placed on top of one. This means they add minimal clutter to your home when not in use. Some people find they can be hidden behind a door that is usually open.
If you are considering a dining table as well, you might want to invest in a specialist folding dining table. These usually come with four folding chairs, which can be accommodated in a special compartment in the middle of the table when not in use. The table itself then folds up in a drop-leaf style. The table and all four chairs then become one compact slim-line unit that can be pushed into a corner when not in use.
For casual, informal gatherings, beanbags are a simple and elegant solution. They are lightweight and fun and provide a simple yet comfortable seating solution. Another advantage of beanbags is that they do not tend to wear out easily. A good-quality beanbag, such as those in the Dunelm bean bag range, will provide many years of reliable service.
Beanbags provide significantly less clutter than most chairs. Because they are lightweight and don’t mind being squashed, they are also easier to put away. They can be shoved behind armchairs, stuffed into a cupboard or even chucked into the attic when not in use.
Many bay windows are fitted with a very wide windowsill at roughly the level of an average seat. If your house is equipped with these, you may have noticed they seem ideal for perching on, but ultimately they are not very comfortable places to sit for more than a few minutes.
Many people have tackled the problem of limited seating by having these windowsills padded and upholstered. This makes them far more comfortable, and far more practical for use as seating. The result is often a long, bench-like seat that can sit a number of people easily. If you choose to have it upholstered with an attractive material, it will look far better than your standard windowsill without adding clutter. It might even make your room look less cluttered by encouraging you not to use the windowsill as a shelf.