The holidays are just around the corner, which means you may be hosting friends or family. If you’ve just moved into your new home with an open floor plan, you may be wondering how you can make everyone comfortable. Here are some tips on choosing great room furniture for entertaining in your new home.
Sectional style couches are a great choice for when you need to accommodate a lot of people. Sectionals are made up of at least two pieces that combine to form an L or U shape. They’re designed for maximum seating and ultimate comfort. Nowadays you can design your own sectional that perfectly fits your room and can even be easily rearranged to freshen up the look.
Other Seating Options
Not a big fan of sectionals? Furniture that comes in matching sets like a three-seat couch and a loveseat, are a smart alternative option. You also could go with two matching sofas that sit facing one another with a coffee table in the middle and then two chairs on one side. Low stools that can double as footstools and poufs will provide additional seating when you’re entertaining a crowd.
Great Room Tables
Any room with seating should be accompanied by some sort of table, whether it’s for drinks, food, knicknacks, vases or reading material. Most great rooms will have a coffee table in the center. A coffee table can make or break the room. You’ll want to decide if the table will be a statement piece or blend seamlessly with the aesthetic of the rest of the room. The coffee table helps distribute the weight of the room. If you have sofas and chairs that have legs and are less bulky, you’ll want to choose a bulkier, more solid table. Whereas with bulky, more substantial-feeling seating, especially in a smaller room, you might want to go with a lightweight, open base coffee table.
Think about how you’ll use your great room, too: Would you like the table to work well for playing board games? Would you like it to have drawers where you can stash coasters, remote controls or books?
Tips for Buying Great Room Furniture for Entertaining
The first thing you should do when looking for new furniture is measure the room you’re furnishing. Measure the whole room itself and then measure spaces between pieces. For example, if you’re looking for a new end table to go in between a wall and a couch you already have, you’re going to need to know the measurement of the space between the wall and couch.
Another tip for buying furniture is to prioritize lifestyle needs. A leather couch is probably a better choice for someone who has pets that shed. A suede couch and messy children aren’t a great pair.
Lastly, consider purchasing antique or vintage furniture. It will save you money, bring some interesting character into your home, plus it’s likely to stand the test of time.
Design Your Dream Home At Rivers Pointe
The builders at Rivers Pointe will help you design your dream home with the perfect great room for entertaining guests. Schedule a personal tour of the community with our developer or contact us for more information.