Floor seating has become the most recent interior design fad, with many designers and doctors championing its benefits for health, longevity and state of mind. Many cultures across the world, including Japan and India, have been advocates of floor seating for hundreds of years, and it’s easy to see why. A floor seating area creates a cosy, casual and charming space, and can reignite a room that has become stale or stuffy. Here are a few floor seating ideas we think you’ll love.
1. Reused Mattresses
For creating a floor seating area to lounge around in, what’s better than using mattresses? Re-upholster them in funky fabrics and you can have an all-day-long lie-in. Their bohemian-chic style creates a beach-young vibe that will make you forget all about the weather outside!
2. Triangle Pillows
These Thai triangle pillows are perfect for a small space. Easily folded up and stored, they are extra-large floor cushions for the floor; ideal for when you’ve suddenly got guests and not enough chairs.
3. Multi-Level Seating
A soft rug is crucial to creating a floor seating area, but don’t just limit yourself to a boring old rug area and a few cushions. Spread your rugs and cushions around an actual sofa, or use some large bolsters, to create a multi-level floor seating area that’s both comfy and visually interesting.
4. Triangle Beanbags
The humble beanbag might feel a bit outdated – more at home in the sixties and seventies – but these triangle beanbags are very modern. They can be used inside or out, and their design means you can store them away with the minimum of fuss.
5. Wooly Cushions
Combining fashionable elements of chunky knitwear and the functional minimalism of Scandinavian design, these knitted poufs are chic and practical, providing comfortable stools that are easy on the eye.
6. Casual Dining
Many cultures eat on the floor, so why not join them? Create formal and informal dining rooms in your home – a conventional space for occasions such as Christmas meals, and a casual one for dinner parties with friends. Get a low table, large cushions and warm rugs, and enjoy the ability to lay back and digest when you’ve eaten far too much.
7. Extra-Large Pillows
If you enjoy nothing more than lying back on a pile of feather pillows, then why not turn
it them into a permanent fixture of a room? Make some super-sized pillows out of old duvets and blankets, and you’ll have something to snuggle back and relax on to your heart’s content.
8. Embroidered Cushions
Taking a nod from the floor cushion culture of Morocco, these round embroidered cushions are stylish and comfortable, and easy to bring into your living space. They’ll also add a touch of the exotic to your home.
9. Quilted Floor Cushions
With some cushion stuffing and chintzy fabrics, these quilted cushions are simple to make. For those with children who love video games and watching films, make a pile for them and their friends to loaf around on.
10. Enjoy the Outdoors
Floor seating is great for both indoors and outdoors. If you’ve got a patio area or roof garden, get some heavy duty and washable rugs and cushions. Then simply lie back and enjoy the sun (if it’s ever out!).
11. Reuse and Recycle
Take some old sun loungers with detachable cushions, and you’ve got an instant floor seating area with limited fuss. You can brighten them up with new fabrics or throws, and they’re ideal for outside as well as inside.