Roundup: Extra Seating for Oscar Night

With our annual Oscars party coming up, we’re facing an annual conundrum: Where will everybody sit? Usually, unless we're serving a sit-down dinner, we don't worry about having a seat for every single guest. But when all eyes are glued to the red carpet, we'll need enough comfy places to lounge. Here are some options we’re considering…

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Floor Cushions. These are practical and fun; store them stacked up in a corner for a princess-and-the-pea kind of look. We’ve always avoided them for fear that the dog would co-opt them (case in point: see above), but we do love their relaxed vibe. And they’ve become so popular that a wide variety of prints and styles are available. The Lily Pad Cushion, covered in Amy Butler fabric, comes from sprucehome's Etsy shop.

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Many of John Robshaw's gorgeous pillows come in a 26” by 26” size, perfect for lounging up against a couch or ottoman.

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If you’re partial to Asian décor—or if, like us, you’re drawn to bright colors and delicate patterns—the Hanami floor pillows from Wrapables.com are a good choice. And they’re not bulky, so you can tuck them away easily in a drawer.

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These felted wool stones are handcrafted by artisans at a women’s workshop in Johannesburg. The shape looks awkward, but Vivaterra says they mold comfortably to your back. Anyone tried them?

See more options from AT: Floor Cushion Roundup. Or in honor of DIY month, check out yesterday’s How-To from Shelly and make your own!

If floor pillows aren't you're thing, try another route for Oscar Night...

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Poufs. A few of these around the house can be hauled into the living room ahead of time, before the first stiletto heel hits the red carpet. BellJar in the Mission carries them in lots of colors.

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Folding Chairs.
For guests who might not be comfortable on the floor, it helps to have some folding chairs stashed in a closet (and they come in handy for dinner parties, too). The inexpensive, attractive models above were featured previously as AT's Best Folding Chairs of 2008.

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The Terai folding chair from Anthropologie, defiantly non-matchy, will blend right in if your style's eclectic, or stand out as a bolt of color in a more neutral room. The bistro-style Fermob folding chairs are sleeker, and they come in plenty of colors; when we’re having a party, we hose ours down and carry them in from the garden. They’re more comfortable than they look, and you can always keep a few seat cushions on hand as well.

What are some of your favorite solutions for creating a lounge-worthy living room?

Fifties TV Photo: Dish Network

Pouf Photo: sfgirlbybay

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