Between fall sports and traditional holidays, autumn is the best season for homeowners to plan complex seating arrangements for their guests. There are several things you can do to get your seating situated for the holiday season — and everyday thereafter — without resorting to unattractive, not to mention uncomfortable, plastic chairs.
Instead, look for transitional seating designs that are versatile, neutral and can be easily integrated into different rooms once events are over. Whatever the occasion, Gabby has a few tricks of the trade to comfortably accommodate all of your guests in style.
Never underestimate the barstool. Barstools are one of your greatest seating options available. They tuck efficiently under built-in bars or raised kitchen islands, or they can seamlessly flank each side of your dining room buffet. Additionally, they provide a wonderful place to sit behind living room couches and chairs when space is scarce.
Consider the Dalton Barstool or the modular Conrad Barstool, which forms an elevated couch when placed in sequence. All of our barstools come in 16 different finishes and 18 fabric options for a completely custom look.
Stealth seating. One of the best tricks in the book is to incorporate seating options gathered from other areas of the house. Use a bench from the guest room, like the Marshall Tufted Bench or our Dorris Bench, to round out the living room for a large get-together. Or, they can be carted out to add seating for three or more at your dining room table. Sturdy end tables, like the Addison Cube, are also an option for stealthy seating.
Neutral anchors. If you frequently host social events, select living and family room furnishings that are stylish and comfortable, but will also serve as neutral anchors. This way, your barstools and stealthy converts will look right at home when they’re mixed in with the rest of your home’s pieces. Gabby offers classic yet transitional seating options for main living areas, such as the Victoria Sofa and the Thatcher Swivel Chair. Both are available with five nailhead trim options and a wide variety of fabric and leather upholstery finishes.
Shop Gabby’s online catalog to get your transitional seating options situated before the holiday season.