Before you dismiss the idea of a sofa next to your kitchen or dining area, consider the benefits of having comfortable seating in such a space. If you have an unused breakfast or dining room corner, creating a comfortable seating area can be very beneficial.
Imagine the holidays, catching up by the stove in the kitchen, and not missing a conversation because you have a place to sit with your guests as you can take breaks. This alone is reason enough to add a small sofa or loveseat to that area of your home. And, with the addition of a coffee table, you can also use the area for breakfast or a quick snack.
Here are some of the best ways to incorporate this unique seating idea.
Choose a slim and contemporary style
Wherever you place your sofa next to the kitchen, it will be better if you choose a slim style with clean lines. These sofas offer more seating in exchange for a smaller frame. Keep in mind that people will be sitting there to eat, however, so you’ll want to make sure the frame and seat are of appropriate height and durability.
Choose a loveseat over a full-size sofa
Even the largest of loveseats will fit your kitchen area better than a full size sofa. You can also get sofas that are smaller but still designed to seat 2 to 3 people comfortably. Of course, the more minimalist the frame the more seating space you can have.
Arrange the sofa around a focal point
Do you have a fireplace in the dining room or near the kitchen? This is a natural setting for a small sofa, as well as perhaps an ottoman for additional seating. Another great place to arrange your kitchen seating area is facing the open kitchen itself, giving you a way to chat and entertain even as you prepare the best dishes you have to offer.
If you don’t eat at the dining table very often, you can use the space intended for casual dining to create a seating area. If you take this option, be sure to choose a cocktail table that is large enough to accommodate those having breakfast or snacks.
Choose stain resistant upholstery
While everyone loves natural materials these days, they don’t lend themselves well to resisting stains. Choosing the right Scotchgard polyester upholstery will not only resist stains, it will also be flame retardant, an important feature for furniture that is close to cooking surfaces.
While you’re at it, be sure to choose a durable and stain-resistant coffee table as well. A coffee table with a metal frame with a thick tempered glass top is a good solution. You definitely want to stay away from simple veneers or woods, because these can be easily damaged by heat, even when transferred from plate to table.
Plan a break area in the way of your kitchen
If you are in the process of planning your kitchen layout, consider creating a space specifically for a casual seating area. All you need is a few square feet for a small loveseat and a couple of thin accent chairs, ottomans, or stools, with a coffee table as a place to set food and drinks. If you don’t have enough space for a coffee table, invest in some nice TV trays that can be used when needed.
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