Every home must make room for some basic activities: cooking, eating, bathing, sleeping and sitting. The function of sitting can be further subdivided into sitting for various purposes. For example, sitting down to rest, sitting comfortably watching a movie or sitting down to eat a meal. A different kind of seating arrangement is required for each of these functions; so we need to make do with using small space interior design techniques to make room for all of them.

We specialise in the concept of small space interior design. The following is a curated list of Livspace homes that have seating squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

Living room

#1: Poufs

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If you have a narrow living room where there isn’t enough room to fit in a two-seater couch after placing a three-seater sofa, use poufs to supplement the seating space. These are easy to move around and can also act as accent pieces for the living room.

#2: Ottomans

The most versatile seating option

Ottomans, can be used to create ‘me’ corners within the living room. It could be a special spot where you like to sit down and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee.

#3: Seating by the window

Multipurpose elements

When you have utility on your mind, go for space-optimised seating options. Bay seating is a great way to add extra seating without occupying any extra floor space. If you want to make it work harder, add storage underneath the seating.

#4: Futons

Roll out and roll in

Futons are very useful for small space interior design plans. They can be used as regular couches or be rolled out like rugs on the floor to huddle around and play board games.

Cosy Diners

#1: High stools for breakfast counter-cum-dining table

Two is a company

A large dining table is redundant if you are nuclear family and do not entertain much. Two-seater dining tables that fit into narrow passages are rage among millennial couples these days!

#2: Long seat

Cosy dining set for a small family

Cosy and compact, this Livspace Home manages to fit a four-seater dining table in less than 50 sq feet. Just with a comfy long seat you can accommodate one extra person in this dining space.

#3: Bench

Comfortable cushioned bench

When in doubt, opt for a bench. This is one of the tricks to squeeze in functional furniture in compact spaces. This cushioned bench is not only space-saving but also super comfy for a tiny room design like this.


#1: Window seat

Multi-functional furniture at its best

Bay windows comprise a new trend seen in Livspace homes that allows designers to squeeze seating into what is essentially the window sill. Apart from seating, storage also can be accommodated in this space. If it’s a room with a view, then these are the best seats in the room.

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#2: Stool

Call dibs on this trendy seating now

For compact bedrooms, stools and ottomans make the best seating options. This tiny stool for example, is both easy to move around and stow away when not in use.

#3: Compact accent chair

Easy to pull out or stow away

An accent chair is a great addition to a compact bedroom and its sleek frame occupies bare minimum space. This chair will prove to be exceedingly functional while entertaining friends who are close enough to gather for a chat in the bedroom.

#4: Floor seating

A bench for intimate conversations

Sometimes seating should be basic and fuss-free; just like the floor seating arrangement we see in this Livspace home. Moreover, floor seating means there will be one thing less to trip over in the utter chaos of your bedroom!

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Balcony Seating

#1: Bean bags

Sunny and serene sit-out

A couple of bean bags and oodles of sunlight are all you need to transform this narrow balcony into a reader’s coven.

#2: Swing

Swing it in style

Swings are versatile in their appeal and timeless as a style statement. They also serve as fit accessories while implementing small space interior design ideas.

#3: Compact rattan furniture set

Sleek and simple furniture set

Rattan furniture is ideal for balconies and if you need a full set, then this one has everything from a table, chair and stool. It could fit into the smallest of balconies while still leaving room for some potted plants.

#4: Knitted chair and table

Classic knitted design

The rustic charm of this knitted coffee table and chair seem all the more appealing as the set is compact.

Other Options

#1: Folding study table set

Settle down with a book in your lap

This reading nook is every bibliophile’s dream. The designer chair stands out in contrast to the tall bookshelf-cum-study table. If you like to laze around as you read, you can always walk around a little and stretch out.

#2: Chaise

Perfect hobby room

Take a leaf out of the book of Persian style for creating the best seating arrangements within limited space. This look has an upholstered chaise paired up with a chair and the set up looks ideal for a round of board games on a game night!

#3: Niche seating

Making the best use of vertical space

When you do not have enough space to have a full-fledged foyer, carve out a niche in your entryway and create one. You can sit in the space created and store shoes underneath.

#4: Tiny kid’s furniture

Ideal for your little ones

This kid’s furniture is the best bet for your little ones. It can fit in the tiniest of spaces and acts as a hobby zone where they can host their own tea party!

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