The concept of nuclear families, while not widespread in India, is gradually being adopted by most in urban areas. Truthfully, however, none of us would believe for a second that our families are as small as we make them out to be. When it comes wedding season or time for any other joyous occasion, you have relatives and friends pouring in from all corners of the country! Of course, as a social bunch you also love to have your neighbors over from time to time – it’s how you build a new family.
Now, when that happens you don’t want to be caught in a tough spot. You don’t want your seating arrangement to echo lack of preparation! Here are some great ways to make your living room seem bigger and accommodate more people.
These stools are reminiscent of Russian nesting dolls (it’s where they get their name from). They are perfect for a smaller living room when you don’t want furniture to take up too much space. Collapsed, they take up the area of just one stool, but you can pull or three or four more stools to seat more people.
When choosing nesting stools, you want them to match the general theme of the room but also to be light and mobile enough. For most Indian tastes, wooden stools do extremely well as earthen and woody shades also bring an element of nature to the room.
Low furniture tend to make the space they occupy look bigger. Ottomans are not only soft and low, they can also be upholstered to change the whole theme of the room. Tuck them away in a corner, only to pull them out when you need extra seating. Ottomans can also serve as centre tables when they’re not being used.
Roll away table and large rug
Buy a grungy center table with wheels to accent an otherwise calm and clean room, giving it a workshop like feel. Make sure to stock your sofa or contemporary day bed with lots of fluff pillows and throws. When you have company over, roll the table out of the way and pop down on the rug with enough pillows and blankets to build a fort!
Leverage the ledge
In a small but open living room setting, consider installing a ledge at knee level along the far wall. Along with the low furniture, the ledge acts both as extra room for seating and a display shelf for a strategically placed vase of jar of cookies to munch on at movie time.
Tell us, what do you do when you have guests over and need extra seating?