Maximizing your family room seating

If you are looking for an easy family room update, consider revisiting your seating situation. Homeowners sometimes purchase pieces of furniture without keeping the space’s function top of mind. To make better use of your space, let’s talk maximizing your seating. This short list of {easy} steps can help you to draft a foolproof space plan for your family room.

Step 1} Take inventory of your space

Before you sit down and undertake any planning, take a step back. Survey the space and make a few mental notes about the true function of your family room. Doing this bit of design homework will to help determine the best plan of attack for maximizing your seating. Do you utilize your family room on an everyday basis? Do you entertain there? Who are you hosting; young children, teens, mostly adults? What purpose does the space serve; gathering ‘round for game nights, catching up on the latest blockbusters or curling up with a good book? Do you allow food and beverage in there? 

If you wish to revitalize your family room with a more seating-efficient setup, fine tuning these particulars is a great place to start the updating process. I highly recommend answering these internal questions before hitting the home furniture stores or consulting with an interior designer.

Step 2} Determine your preference

Now that we have the “who,” “what” and “why” functions of your family room outlined, let’s hone in on the “where” and “how.” Based on the previous step’s questions, ask yourself where do you tend to turn your attention and how do you prefer to sit. Does your whole household pile atop one another for movie nights? While reading do you prefer to sit upright or reclined? Is it a screen-free space? Do you snuggle up with your sweetie by the warmth of a fireplace? If entertaining in your family room, do your guests tend to engage in one large, inclusive conversation or do they break off into small clusters? 

Determining the focal point(s) in your family room will guide you when drafting a space plan that’s aimed at maximizing your seating. Above and beyond, weighing in with how you most prefer to sit, lounge and relax in the space will steer you towards the best furniture options to consider.

Step 3} Decisions, decisions

Now that we have uncovered and answered the basic questions, let’s get to talking about options for maximizing your seating:

  • Swivel chairs

Swivels are optimal for family rooms that find themselves with more than one focal point. Depending on the activity or event at hand, you can easily adjust your position {and attention} towards the main feature. Many options on the market today have a gliding attribute, too, so you can truly rock and roll with this style. And if I may mention, the swivel chair is one of my favorite styles of seating!

 {Spin this way or that in these flared arm swivel chairs. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{Spin this way or that in these flared arm swivel chairs. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

  • Modular sectionals

Sectional sofas have taken a step in the functional direction. With puzzle like pieces that fit together, this style is optimal for maximizing your seating for a family that loves to lounge together.They are also great to sprawl out solo. What works today, may not be best tomorrow and modular sectionals let you switch things up as needed.

 {What a fun, eclectic spin on traditional soft seating. Rearrange this spunky sectional any which way to keep things constantly fresh. From:  Cado Modern .}

{What a fun, eclectic spin on traditional soft seating. Rearrange this spunky sectional any which way to keep things constantly fresh. From: Cado Modern.}

  • Arm chairs

If you prefer to sit more supported and upright, as opposed to lounging on a recline, arm chairs may be the way to go. Pair a pair {say that ten time fast!} by a window to soak up some sunshine while reading, hugging a fireplace for a warm and inviting area, or in a corner to create a cranny for conversation. For a larger, more open family room, consider composing two seating areas; one with a cushy sectional for cozy screen time and another with a cluster of arm chairs ideal for chit-chat.

 {These armchairs create quite a stunning space conducive to conversation. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors . Illustration by  Jane Gianarelli .}

{These armchairs create quite a stunning space conducive to conversation. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors. Illustration by Jane Gianarelli.}

  • Practical pieces

Ottomans, stools and benches are top-notch options for maximizing your seating in a room that requires flexibility. Accent items that fit under console or coffee tables, like cube stools, can be tucked away and pulled out as needed. These are perfect for family rooms that often play host, providing ample seating in a pinch. A bonus feature, some of these pieces are designed with a storage component, a great place for DVDs, books, board games or blankets to hideaway.

 {These punchy upholstered stools pop out when needed and become wallflowers when not. From  Urban Ladder .}

{These punchy upholstered stools pop out when needed and become wallflowers when not. From Urban Ladder.}

I hope these three simple steps have helped you easily uncover the essential function of your family room and prospective pieces to fulfill your needs. Maximizing your seating will ensure your family room reaches its fullest potential! 

April Pardoe