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5 Ideal Seating Solutions for Small Spaces

Small spaces need not be wasted, no matter where it is in your home or how you intend to use it. But adding seating to a corner or a small room can seem like a feat of interior design ‘engineering’. Some people seem to carry it off with aplomb whilst the rest of us struggle to stop the ‘shoe-horned-a-chair-into-the-room’ look.

How to Solve Your Seating Problems

There are many options when it comes to seating in small spaces. And we have five superb ideas…  

 1) Small AND Awkward - A bench

Sometimes it not just the size of the space that is a problem but the shape of it too. A neat solution is to opt for a built-in bench.

Benches are fantastic for many reasons but in a small space, you can fit more people in as well as use it as a versatile platform for keeping things.

Don’t forget to utilise the space underneath too. A row of pretty wicker baskets makes for perfect, stylish storage ‘boxes’ too.

Add cushions to soften the seating platform. Cover a piece of thick, seating foam with fabric too to make a pleasant bench sit-on cushion.

 

2) Play with Dimensions – Add Height with a Wingback Chair

When it comes to small spaces, we are tempted to opt for ‘small’ furniture assuming that will work best. Using small things in a small space makes it look not only smaller but more crowded and one dimensional.

When space is small – and there is no getting away from this fact – playing with the dimensions of the space can open it up and make it more appealing to the eye.

For example, adding height is no bad thing, especially when you use the shape as the accent in the space. As well as a traditionally shaped chair, look for chairs that have height over width as this has a similar effect.

 

3) Make the most of light – Use light-coloured upholstered fabric chairs

Light is an important consideration in a small space too. This is emphasised by the use of colour (see the next idea for using coloured accents!) but when it comes to maximising the openness of a small space, there is no denying the beauty of a light-coloured fabric upholstered chairs.

Use a neutral palette but if you want more detail without the clutter, use a small-patterned fabric or a fabric with same-coloured detailed, similar to a raised, embossed pattern.

Light colours, including fabrics, reflect light rather than absorb it. And this is great news when dressing a small space.

The important thing is not to over-dress a small room or area as this can make it feel smaller than it is. In essence, keeping cleanliness and light fabrics is the best way to create an illusion of space without knocking a wall down.

 

4) Use Colour – Add an Accent Chair

Colour is an important consideration in a space and when it comes to a small space, it needs to be at the top of your styling agenda.

Accent tub chairs are a great styling resource and can add the detail that can often be bereft in a small space;

  • Dark colour – a dark coloured tub chair can add the dramatic detail that a room needs. Frame it by adding lighter coloured throws of a scatter cushion or two.
  • Lighter colour – a light coloured chair can still be an accent, especially if the walls are neutral or even white. Again, add warmth with a throw or a scatter cushion.
  • Patterned – there is no rule to say that you cannot opt for a boldly patterned accent tub chair in a small space. But keep it simple. In other words, keep the pattern to the tub chair and let the rest of the room or space flow with neutrality and small, non-dramatic detailing.
  • Mix patterns – 2018 promises to be the year of the maximalist look and again, there is no reason why you can’t opt for this style in a small room. Against a block-coloured background, mix similar patterns together, including on the tub chair fabric. As well as flowers or stripes, why not bring the look right up to date with geometric patterns.

5) Frame it

No matter how big or small the space is that you are dressing, it needs to be framed. Think in threes – chairs, rug and table – and arrange them in a way that they are connected. For example, the small, occasional table sits between the two chairs, with the rug acting as a platform beneath all three items.

 

Doing this brings a sense of cohesion to a space, framing the furniture within the space you have available.

 

Do you struggle when trying to style small spaces? Which of these ideas will you try?