Published at Sunday, April 08th 2018. by Nettie Hendricks in Bench Design.
Once you have decided on where to site your new outdoor living room, and those with those tiny yards may not have a choice, you can work on how to create the walls, floor, and even a ceiling. Your project has now become landscape design! You may need the advice of a garden designer at this point, or some great books on the subject to understand the materials that are used in building landscapes and how to use them to create enclosure, privacy and beauty.
Considering a garden as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living room outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places like your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a set of furniture and hope that youll feel like spending time out there? No, that wont do either. An outdoor living room is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! Its also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.
The kitchen is another place where an indoor bench makes sense. In my own kitchen, I replaced the two side chairs in the rear of my breakfast nook with an upholstered storage bench. Its easy to slide onto the bench rather than move the chairs in and out of limited space. It easily fits three teenage girls so we can have more fun around the table. And the seat lifts up when I need to grab some place mats or fancy cloth napkins from their secret hiding place. Dining benches have become popular alternatives to side chairs for seating in the dining room, too.
Living room ottomans also come as stand alone piece of furniture which is used as storage space by meticulous homemakers. Building on their reputation as footstools, ottomans can double as coffee tables, storage spaces and even fold-out beds. If you decide to purchase an ottoman sofa set, you can have another advantage of a comfortable please to seat and to sleep. The sofa can be simply converted into a bed for sleepovers. A bench ottoman is also useful as you can place it at the corner of your bed, against a wall or in front of a sofa. It just takes minutes to convert your living room or office into a guest room. The modern designed ottoman sofa set, fabric or leather, must match with your rugs, curtains, walls, flooring and other furniture. The colors and materials should match the style and design of the room or else you will end messing up your living room regretfully.
Another tip - keep the space in mind when selecting the type of bench. Backless benches dont create visual barriers, so they work well anywhere. You can put it against a wall or at the end of the bed and it will remain visually open. If you want to add comfort, then indoor benches that have a back on them are your best option. Just remember that they may not be as flexible when redecorating.
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