Low-Profile Furniture

Low-Profile Furniture

Sarah Coffey
Jan 30, 2008

We blog a lot of low-profile furniture on AT, but we don't always stop to think about why. What do we love about furniture that sits close to the ground? Click below to find out...

First, it depends on the space. Low-profile furniture doesn't work everywhere. (You usually want counter height in a kitchen, for instance.) But in general, we love it because it creates a relaxed feeling. Low furniture is easy for kids to climb onto, and it lends itself to creating conversation areas. Ottomans and floor cushions can easily be rearranged for extra seating in a low-slung arrangement.

Design-wise, a low profile compliments modern decor. Many Mid-Century pieces are designed to sit much lower than the traditional 18 inches above the floor. (The Eames Wire-Base Table shown above rises only 10 inches above the ground.) One reason for the shift in height is Mid-C Modernism's effort to open up space. Low-slung furniture can make walls and windows appear taller.

Let us know your thoughts on low-profile furniture. Love it or leave it?

Image: Eames Wire-Based Table from Design Within Reach

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