10 Spots to Stow Extra Seating

We like to keep some extra seating in our home for those times when guests drop by. It helps to create a casual, welcoming vibe in the home. One idea: use ottomans in changing configurations. By day they're side tables and footstools, but during an evening cocktail party they're a place to sit and sip your drink. (Image via The Rug Company.) Click below for all 10 ideas (complete with photos)...

Stash floor cushions on open shelving. The cushions also help to soften the hard lines of minimalist shelves. Image via Ferm Living.

Stack a few stools in the corner. It helps to create a casual, relaxed vibe in a home. Image: Tribo Stool at Design Within Reach.

Tuck ottomans under a ledge. This photo is from Zoka's East Village House Tour.

Tuck a chair into a corner and pull it out into the living room when you have guests. Image via Martha Stewart Living.

If you've got a couple of cubes, you can use them as tables, footstools, or tuck two of them under a lucite coffee table. Image: Gus Design Group Stainless Cube from Design Public.

Keep a bench stored beneath a drop-leaf dining table. When not in use, you can push the table and bench up against the wall. When you have dinner parties, pull the table out from the wall and use the bench for extra seating. Image: Hancock Bench from Room and Board.

A sculptural piece like the Eames Walnut Stool stands on its own and works just about anywhere you place it. Its shape brings beauty to a room, but it can be a utilitarian piece when it needs to. Image via Herman Miller.

Place small stools or ottomans in a cluster around a chair, then pull them out for extra seating when needed. Image: Rush Ottomans from Gaiam.

Stow extra seating in the bedroom. Keep a bench at the end of the bed or a chair in the corner, and pull it out into your living room when you need another spot for someone to sit. Image via Dwell Bedding.

Add your ideas for spots to stow extra seating in the comments below.