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I Heard All the People Saying, “Sit down on it!”

January 15, 2011

Are you constantly trying to figure out how to squeeze in more seating options for guests? My living room is long and narrow and it’s impossible to get decent furniture placement without chopping up the room. I’ve tried so many different configurations to ensure enough seating for guests that still makes the room feel tidy, but find that most seating options leave too heavy a footprint. My favorite small space seating solutions are stools and ottomans. But they aren’t all created equal.
Ikea Marius Stool – $5.99 – Of all the stools I’ve tested and owned, the Marius is by far the most affordable, stylish and comfortable. I also couldn’t believe how easy they were to put together and how sturdy they are. The stools are metal, stackable and can even work a side tables. They have a really small furniture footprint and come in baby blue, baby pink, black and white. They used to come in red and orange. I own two in orange, four in black and two in baby blue.
Target Teal Storage Ottoman – $19.99 – I loved the color of this ottoman, but sadly found it to be better looking than it was constructed. When I filled it with books and magazines it became infinitely more sturdy, though it was really heavy and not particularly portable. It wasn’t comfortable enough for long periods of time. Though this didn’t bother me much when an especially chatty Census worker selected it. It seemed to make her mosey along and not take up too much of my time.

TJ Maxx Vanity Stool – $16.99 – I tried this one out while perusing lamps at Homegoods/TJMaxx. I was surprised by the price and the comfort level. The price was low and the comfort was high. While it doesn’t necessarily fit into my decor aesthetic, it was totally adorable and is good for when you need a more permanent solution, but don’t want a bulky piece of furniture ruining the line of sight.

So what tricks and small seating solutions do you use?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hsofia permalink
    January 20, 2011 8:44 pm

    That vanity stool is very nice looking – and for a mere $17? Next time I go to IKEA I should check out the Marius because we have no storage space, but a few extra seats could be stacked in the office should we ever need them. Good looking out, SM.

  2. January 21, 2011 12:39 am

    I love Marius stools. They have so many uses and while the color selection is disappointing, you can’t go wrong with black or white. They do have a pretty pink though!

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