One of the quandaries of living in a small space is finding room to store chairs for guests. Most people only need one or two seating surfaces in each room for day-to-day living. The only practical reason for owning more chairs is for entertaining, but it's hard to justify devoting precious square footage for guest seating that rarely gets used. Still, it's embarrassing to make friends sit on the floor when they visit. Here are some small space solutions for guest chairs:
Folding chairs are a classic, if not always elegant, solution for effective seating storage. Depending upon the type of folding chairs you have, they might not be suited for display. If your closets are full and you need to mount your chairs against the wall, consider painting your chairs the same color as your existing walls. You can hide the furniture with color technique and create some fun wall texture at the same time. Another suggestion is to paint your chairs a color that will make them stand out like art in a room. Also, you can buy new more display-worthy folding chairs that look great without any extra work for a great price.
If you can't stand the idea of folding chairs, regular chairs can be mounted against a wall and used as temporary tables and bookshelves. Just be sure that you don't become too reliant on your temporary furniture. You want to be able to convert the bookshelf to a chair at the spur of the moment for an unexpected guest, so keep the load light. When furniture has a convertible purpose, it's important that it's actually convertible!
Finally, guest seating can be placed in high storage places as long as they're easily accessible and you're not afraid of heights. Chairs can be stacked on top of book shelves and entertainment centers, but be sure they're secured in some fashion. You don't want everything to come tumbling down. Nothing makes a guest feel more uncomfortable than a concussion.
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