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Occasional Furniture 101

24 Sep 2014

Tips & Advice

Occasional Furniture 101

Invest in fabulous occasional furniture and discover the charm it immediately creates at home.

Occasional furniture refers to the small tables or chairs usually usedin the living room or when there are guests around. These furnishings should be versatile and flexible enough that they can go from one room to another.

Sure they’re occasional, but no way are they optional. In fact, if you truly want to spruce up your home, addinga piece of stylish occasional furniture should do the trick.


Here are types of occasional furniture you should have in your house:


Lounge Chairs. These upholstered armchairs (prime example: the popular Eames Lounge Chair) are made for relaxing.

Chaise Lounge. This upholstered sofa is a classy and classic piece that will impress your guests. Who wouldn’t want to stay at your place?

Ottoman. Usually used as a stool or footstool, this is a padded upholstered seat that doesn’t have back or arms. So great to relax your legs here after a long day…

Coffee table or cocktail table. This long, low table is usually placed in front of the sofa to hold beverages.

Console table. This table is usually placed against a wall, and holds a variety of knickknacks like lamps, picture frames, or vases.

End table. Placed beside sofas or armchairs, an end table often holds a lamp.

Nightstand. This small table goes right beside the bed, holding a lamp, books, alarm clock, or other small décor.

Chest. This can double as a nightstand. A vintage one can instantly turn up the chic factor of any room.

Commode. This elaborately crafted cabinet or chest stands on short legs.

Nesting table. This set of three tables can be stacked under one another.

Love seat. This S-shaped, small sofa is cozily perfect for two people.

Here are nifty tips on how to arrange these pieces of furniture around the house:


1. Before placing them, know the dimensions of the room. If you have to, draw the outline to scale on a graph paper. (Don’t know how to scale? Here’s a tip: ¼ inch is equivalent to 1 foot, so 2cm = 1 m)

2. Take the time to distinguish factors that would influence your arrangement: electric outlets, telephone cables, switches, windows, doors, and window sill height.

3. Select a focal point in the room and let the other furnishings point toward it.

4. Nestle your occasional furniture like lounge chairs or love seats in cozy conversation corners.

5. Create a more conducive environment for guests by placing the coffee table next to a sofa or pulling the furniture away from walls. Don’t hesitate to switch furnishings around.



Cover photo courtesy of Armen Living Furniture

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