The Best Extra Seating to Keep on Hand During the Holidays

published Nov 15, 2018
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With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s about that time to eat, drink and be merry, and if you are hosting this holiday season, you’ll be elbow deep in charcuterie and wine charms before you can say “Black Friday Blowout.” With the cousins in town or the neighbors stopping in, there’s one thing that you’ll need no matter your spread: extra seating. Here are some top options for guest seating that you won’t mind pulling out or repurposing in your time of need.

Stylish and Storable Folding Chairs

For those of us who don’t have an extra set of dining rooms chairs waiting in the wings, inserting the leaf in the table often means calling up some mismatched office chairs to the major leagues. Chic folding chairs (not an oxymoron!) are a great option that can be tucked away in the off-season.

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This collapsible and comfortable design from BoConcept results in a solid, sturdy and stylish folding chair that isn’t just for the kids’ table.

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Go vibrant with these colorful upholstered seats from Anthropologie that can take you from appetizers to aperitifs.

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There’s always IKEA for simple folding chairs that are functional and affordable for a longer guest list.

Bonus Bar Stools

Without fail, a holiday open house will bring everyone into the kitchen. Stock up on some bar seats so guests can chat with the chef or mingle with fellow well-wishers.

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Crate and Barrel’s Backless Origin Counter Stool is a classic option to pull up to the kitchen counter or tuck away in a corner for a tête-à-tête.

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Rove Concepts offers a more modern option with this Eiffel Tower inspired stool available in Black (Friday) or White (Christmas).

Plenty of Floor Pillows

Whether you’re having your pumpkin pie in the family room or curling up for your annual viewing of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” throwing down some floor pillows is an easy solution when there’s no more room on the couch.

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Article’s chic, gold pillows are made especially for floor seating. Merry, bright and convenient!

DIHULT Pouffe, $79.99

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Guys. The IKEA Pouffe. Sometimes the best solution is the simples.

Double Duty Ottomans

Investing in ottoman can pay dividends when the in-laws are in town and can be used as extra seating, storage, or plain old putting your feet up.

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This luxurious leather ottoman from CB2 can serve as a place to lounge, a landing pad for some appetizers (on a tray of course) or brought into the dining room for some extra seating in a pinch.

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West Elm’s petite upholstered stools can multi-task as a classic ottoman or a seat for a pint-size partygoer.