Hello friends! Remember back in June when I shared my beautiful new Sauder dining chairs with y'all? I am still loving them in my dining room, but today I want to show you how you can use your furniture pieces in different ways in order to make them really work for you. Whenever I buy something new for my home, I like to imagine several different ways I could use it so that I know it's a great purchase and I won't get tired of it. I am always tweaking our home decor here and there to keep it from getting stale, so my furniture has to "go with my flow" rather than fight it.
The obvious place to put my pretty blue X-back chairs is around the dining table, which works perfectly for us. I never realized how cramped my dining room felt until we took the giant old chairs out and replaced them with these new petite ones. Let me show you a couple of other ways that I might use these chairs around my house to solve some other decorating dilemmas.
Problem Area #1: The Non-Existent Entry Way
Our front door opens right up into the middle of our main living area -- the family room is to the left and the dining room and kitchen are to the right. There is really nothing that transitions you into the home. Knock on my door and your right in the thick of things! There is also nowhere to put our 'stuff" when we get home -- no logical place to stow backpacks, purses and extra shoes. So I have used my dining chairs here to create the sense of an entryway.
Placing a chair on either side of our big entertainment armoire gives us a place to sit down and put on our shoes before we leave the house and it breaks up the wide open space a little, making the entry feel a little more welcoming.
Having a couple of extra chairs right in the living room also comes in handy when we have guests. My kids pull them out all the time when they are playing video games with their friends. They are also convenient to pull into the dining room if we put the leaf in the table and need extra seating.
Problem Area #2: The Itty Bitty Master Bedroom
I've said it before, I'll say it again -- our house is tiny y'all! That means we really have to make stuff work for us. Years ago we found some fabulous bedroom furniture for our master bedroom -- it is big and chunky, sturdy and comfortable. And we barely have room for the big ol' bed and dresser in our space. I have always loved the idea of using chairs as side "tables' for a bed.
These chairs sit right next to the bed at the perfect height to hold all the bedside necessities without taking up a ton of space. They also don't have a lot of visual weight so they don't make the room look cluttered. I love that they don't hide the board and batten detail on the walls behind them.
They also work great as a place to sit and put on shoes in the morning or take them off at the end of the day.
If you invest in high-quality, versatile furniture pieces, they will keep working for you for years to come. Check out my Pinterest board to see more great furniture pieces that could be used in multiple ways.