Love hosting get-togethers at your place, but worry that you won’t have enough seating space? We found five great ideas so you’ll always have that extra place at the table. Invite your friends over — you’ve got the space.
Dual duty chair
This Alfresco gray folding chair ($169) is beautiful enough to use indoors, yet sturdy — and weatherproof — enough to do outdoor duty. With a variety of cushion colors to choose from, you can coordinate with your decor. The chairs are easy to store and so eye-catching you may find yourself using them as permanent seating.
Not your grandmother’s chair
Remember those cold metal folding chairs your grandmother kept in the storage closet for special occasions? Folding chairs have grown up, become fashionable and even a bit trendy. The Cyclone indoor/outdoor folding chair ($140 for 2) comes in great colors, folds up easily and stores away for those impromptu Friday night taco parties. They look so trendy, you may not want to call them folding chairs.
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Seating that’s not square
Storage ottomans are the secret weapon of your home decor. Not only can they provide extra seating, you can store all sorts of things in them — think board games, throw pillows, blankets or placemats and napkins. Square-shaped ottomans fit neatly underneath a side table or sofa table, keeping them out of the way until you need a spare seat. This square storage ottoman ($100) will do double-duty quite nicely.
Benches are a great option for extra seating when you need it. A wooden bench can be used in a hallway, mudroom or kitchen on a daily basis, then moved to where the party is when you need another seat or two. This mission bench ($139) is simple, yet classic in style and comes in several different finishes.
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Who says the cheap seats have to look cheap? These TERJE folding chairs ($17) are not only stylish and come in three colors, but they are easy to store. They fold up and have a hole in the backrest for easy hanging when not in use. At this great price, you can stock up on enough extra seats to invite the whole family over. You can thank us later.
Making room for guests to have a seat doesn’t have to be difficult with these stylish options. Now, who’s up for a pizza party?