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Swivels in Small Spaces

Swivels in Small Spaces

I find that a lot of furniture tends to be oversized for our home. We live in a renovated colonial farmhouse with lower ceilings and smaller rooms. And while a recent renovation helped us open up the flow, we're still working in a "cozier" footprint. So, when it came time to furnish a repurposed dining room into a new den/sitting room we needed to think creatively to make best use of the space.

The room layout is tricky with 2 openings to other rooms, a sliding exterior French door, AND built-ins that need access. 

Here is the situation: 

We had two key goals:  

1) We wanted to maximize the western view

2) We wanted to be able to seat 4 people comfortably

Initially, I looked at small lounge chairs and even considered loveseats. But the space is so small that there really wasn't enough room to maneuver in and out. It wasn't until I stumbled upon this compact swivel chair from CR Laine that things clicked. At 26.5W x 35D x 34H it has one of the neater footprints I've seen for a swivel. But still provides a comfortably proportioned inside seating space. 

Seating Area with four Swivel Chairs, Blue Rug, Large Round Coffee table, Modern Black and Gold floor lamp, blue throw pillows, concrete stonewash pot planter indoor plants fiddle leave fig stone, black and white artwork, drawing artwork, black frame

Because the swivels shift as people get in and out of the space it's far more comfortable and accessible than stationary seating. We also found a nicely proportioned dark round wood coffee table to anchor the set up. And then funked it up a bit with a pendant from Selamat and floor lamp by Visual Comfort.

Seating Area with four Swivel Chairs, SquareBlue Rug, Large Round Coffee table, Modern Black and Gold floor lamp, blue throw pillows, concrete stonewash pot planter indoor plants fiddle leave fig stone, black and white artwork, drawing artwork, black frame, natural pendent, Handwoven of rattan pendent

I love sitting in this room especially for coffee in the early morning and watching the sunset at night. And, it's also great space to be social.

Do you have a small space you're struggling to furnish? If so, a set of small swivel chairs could potentially be your answer. 

Sources:

Chairs: Oliver swivel custom by CR Laine 

Coffee Table: Andy round table by Kosas Home from Houzz

Floor Lamp: Austen floor lamp by Cica Lighting 

Pendant: Selamat 

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