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10 Ways to Add Extra Seating to Your Living Room

Designing your home is all about making sure it’s cozy and comfortable for you, your family and guests you have over! Even if we’re not entertaining much these days, living room seating is still an important part of your overall home design—extra seating always comes in handy! Whether you are having a laid-back movie night with the fam, game night with friends, an unexpected visit from relatives or just enjoy having a variety of seating options when you’re lounging at home, comfy and cool living room seating is always a bonus. Here are 10 ways to incorporate living room furniture for extra seating that will make your living space even more fabulous and fun!

Super Soft Sectional

We love the look and feel of this plush living space! Instead of a typical sofa, use a sectional sofa—it adds a ton of extra seating for family and friends.

Sectionals are great for lounging and stretching out—they can even double as guest sleeping spaces! You can go for smaller sofas or very large versions. Options include L-shaped sofas, chaise sectionals, U-shaped couches, and more. If you’re pondering sectionals vs. sofas, it’s good to know that sectionals are great for larger living rooms or for maxing out seating. And it’s a perfect living room furniture option for families that need space for kids or cozy TV watching areas.

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Stools tucked away

One of our favorite tips for small living room design is having small stools tucked away under other furniture. In this look, they are tucked away under a console table so they’re not in the foot path but still easily accessible to pull out and sit on as needed. Decorative stools like these look great as part of the design and also add practical living room seating. They’re perfect for small areas because they don’t take up much floor space. This trick also works for an entryway or hallway near the living room—it’s also a smart design trick for spaces you entertain in, etc.

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Poufs tucked away

Another one of the best living room design ideas for a small space is floor poufs tucked under a shelf or media cabinet. They are easy to pull out for extra living room seating or tuck away for more floor space. They are soft and safe for kids and pets and work wonders in casual spaces and households w/ little ones. Plus, they are super versatile and can be used elsewhere too—pull them into the office, dining room, etc.

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Window Bench

We love the look of this window bench as extra living room seating! If you have a built-in bench, just add pillows, cushions, throw blankets, etc. Or you can bring in a free-standing bench for added effect! This type of living room furniture works great for a sunny spot or a good view—especially in reading nook designs! You can easily turn an awkward or unused window nook into a seating area that’s perfect for reading/studying, etc

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Upholstered Ottoman

If you want living room seating that’s kid-friendly and still stylish, try using an upholstered ottoman. It does double duty as both a coffee table and side bench. You can design it with a tray as for a cool coffee table or stack pillows on top for extra seating. This look works great for homes that need a coffee table and added living room seating. And with the soft corners, you don’t have to worry about kids bumping into them!

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Designer Bench

Adding a bench opposite chairs and sofa adds extra seating that doesn’t take up much space and rounds out this living room design. It’s a great look for an open living room—the bench can be moved around so it’s super versatile and you can use it for seating whenever you need. It’s good for a casual living room seating option when you need a little extra space to hang out.

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Floor poufs

If you need extra seating but don’t want to invest in a ton of bulky furniture, consider placing poufs across the living room floor. It’s a very casual look and poufs are easy to add to any room—it’s also one of our favorite bedroom seating ideas! They are easy to move around and also super lightweight and soft. This option works well for households with kids and babies—you can use poufs to hang out, play on the floor, seat a few extra folks, etc.

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Small Benches

For a look that’s smart and stylish, line one or two benches in front of the fireplace. They make a great addition to the overall design and can work well in both formal or casual living rooms. Benches help create a u-shape seating arrangement—a great setup for conversation. They can also be pulled closer for chatting/games/tv watching and more.

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Group of Chairs

A simple fix for extra living room seating is to add a set of chairs for an additional conversational seating area. They can either be part of the living room arrangement or set off to the side to create a separate space. This look works for larger living rooms or oddly shaped ones with a nook to place chairs. It’s a good setup for entertaining or morning coffee, etc

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Bench Behind Sofa

Adding a bench behind the sofa is another smart and simple way to add extra living room furniture without overtaking the space. A bench like this one subtly divides the space but also provides extra seating and a polishing touch. It’s good for opening living/dining rooms or multipurpose living rooms and can be pulled into the living room for added seating. This is also a handy option because you can easily move it to different areas for kids to sit on, make room for extra guests, etc.

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Layout Guide: A Rectangular Living Room Done Two Ways

rectangular living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space. 

The Space: A tiny living room with a rectangular shape and one wall-to-wall window.

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space that is stylish, fun, and functional.

One of the best ways to make a home feel both elegant and inviting is designing a living room layout that works for your space. If you have a rectangular living room, the right layout helps to create space to entertain guests, kick back with your family, or comfortably enjoy games and activities at home.

With two walls longer than the shorter walls, a rectangular living room can easily start to feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with a little strategic planning, you can overcome this challenge and make a rectangular living room layout feel warm, welcoming and friendly. Here’s our guide to designing a living room layout that makes the most of a rectangular space.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #1: TV-Viewing Living Room

Living Room Layout #1 is all about creating a casual, family-friendly spot where you can lounge, kick back and watch TV. The sectional sofa is placed directly across from the television for optimal viewing and extra seating. And the room feels open and airy with plenty of room to navigate around furniture.

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The Key Elements in This TV-Viewing Living Room Layout

Plenty of Seating: The large sectional sofa is a great choice for a rectangular living room layout because it offers enough space for your whole family to stretch out. The armchairs provide extra seating and can be easily moved for TV viewing or conversation. And the pouf acts as a footrest but can double as a chair when needed.

Prime TV Setup: In this design, the seating is geared toward watching TV so you won’t have to crane your neck or miss any of the action while you’re lounging! The sectional and chairs create a cozy space for chilling with a good movie or binge-watching your favorite show.

Extra Storage: The dresser against the back wall offers tons of extra storage to tuck away all your clutter. There’s also a stylish bookcase for vertical storage/display next to the TV. These storage options help make sure you can keep the room uncluttered but still have access to the things you need.

Warm and Livable: The industrial minimal style makes a great balance between fun and functional. The neutral palette with high-contrast accents is streamlined but not cold and the dark accent wall makes the space immediately cozy and inviting.

Will a TV-Viewing Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Need a cozy, family-friendly space to lounge.
  • Have a family that loves TV and movie time.
  • Like a sparse, stylish look that’s still warm and inviting.
  • Want extra seating on hand in case friends drop by.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #2: Conversational Living Room Layout

This rectangular living room layout makes the most of the space by creating two distinct areas in the same room. The main space set up for easy conversation and entertainment, with plenty of room to navigate around furniture and seating options you can move around as needed. This layout also leaves room for a full dining setup in the back with a dining table and four chairs.

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Why This Rectangular Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating: The key to fostering conversation is proper seating that is centered around interaction! This layout features a cozy sofa placed on one of the long walls directly across from two comfortable armchairs along with a stylish bench in front of the window. There’s no TV in the room and the circular seating setup creates a warm conversation circle for guests.

Small Space Hacks: Every small room can use a few optical illusions! This layout features a large, circular mirror above the sofa that helps to make the room look much bigger. Likewise, the sconces on either side of the mirror are a great lighting alternative because they don’t take up floor space but still offer tons of light. And the bench and coffee table are open-base to avoid any visual heaviness in the room.

Sleek Style: Industrial minimal style is perfect for a small room because it is visually light and uncluttered. This room makes great use of clean lines and abstract art, neutral tones, and vibrant pops of color to create a super sleek and sophisticated look.

Dining Area: Not only does this living room layout create a cozy convo space, it also offers a cool dining area. The grey area rug helps to distinguish it as its own separate space and the metal chairs and white table create a visual lightness so it doesn’t feel too crammed with furniture.

Will a Conversational Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Are more into chatting and interaction than watching TV.
  • Prefer seating options you can move and shift around the room.
  • Love a minimalist, stylish space.
  • Want a dedicated dining area in your home but don’t have a separate dining room.

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