Versatile Seating Options For Your Small Apartment

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Versatile Seating

One of the biggest struggles of living in a small apartment is finding ample room to entertain and seat people. On one hand, you want enough storage and living space for you, and on the other hand, you want the option to have people over to watch Game of Thrones or host a cocktail party. When it comes to seating options in a small apartment, you need to pick versatile and functional pieces that work for both you and company. We rounded up a list of seating options that are versatile, will fit in your small space, and won’t break the bank:

Storage benches are a great way to add seating and storage to your space. We love this piece from Wayfair, that can work at the edge of your bed or in your living room, and can be pulled at any time to seat two to three people. It’s also a great place to store extra bedding, winter clothing, or cleaning supplies.

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On the same note as the storage bench, a small storage ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture that can be used for seating, storage and leg resting. We love this Wayfair ottoman that is comfortable, and can fit a fair amount of storage. When it’s not being used as seating, you can use it as a leg rest, as a mini coffee table, or as a decorative piece.

When you’re living in a small apartment, especially a studio or 1-bedroom, a futon or pull out couch is a functional way to add sleeping options to your space. We love this futon that is both a stylish couch, and a comfortable bed. It comes in a variety of colors, so you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetic for functionality.


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If you’re looking for the same functionality of a futon or sleeper couch, but don’t want to assign the couch such a large responsibility, this convertible chair option may be for you. The chair is comfortable for TV viewing or casual seating. And if a guest needs to stay over, it rolls out into a single sleeper. This option would also be great in a dorm room, or a children’s room.

If you want the option to seat multiple people at your kitchen table, but also want to store the seating when it’s unnecessary, look no further than stacking chairs. These chairs stack together vertically and don’t take up too much space. And they look great when they’re out for guests.

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Folding chairs are another great option for when you want to pull out seating, but don’t want it out all the time.

If you’re looking for more floor seating, poufs make an excellent versatile option. They can be used for decoration, a footstool, or sitting around a coffee table.

Nikki Blank

Nikki Blank

Nikki Blank is the co-founder and CEO of Sip City, a functional beverage company out of Union Kitchen. Nikki moved from Boston to D.C. in June, and has been inspired by DC’s local food scene, female run businesses, and the energy of the city. In Boston, Nikki worked as a social media editor at the Harvard Business Review and in television and digital news production at PBS. At PBS, Nikki made custom smoothies and switchel for her co-workers, which launched her on the path to Sip City. Nikki graduated from Tufts University in 2015, with a degree in English and film studies. At Tufts, she played varsity soccer, taught two media seminars and wrote a satirical advice column in the Daily newspaper. Her superlative was Most Likely to Host Their Own Late-Night TV Show in a Onesie.

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