Preparing to welcome friends and family? Expecting guests to stay over? When it comes to accommodating extra people for a day, an evening or a few nights in comfort and style we’ve got some great solutions. Take a look.
1. Add hanging space in the hall
Avoid the pile of coats at the foot of the stairs, or a trek up to a bedroom to store them for the evening. A peg rail (below) will maximise hanging space in a hallway. Don’t need that much coat storage year round? No problem! You can use it to hang pictures to add decorative interest.
2. Encourage a shoes-off moment
If you like everyone to leave shoes near the door, dedicated shoe storage will nudge visitors to follow the family’s lead – or at least ask about your preference. Try a design with cubbyholes for shoes, or a bench like this Tuvan (below) with space underneath for lots of pairs.
3. Get everyone talking
If you haven’t seen friends or relatives for a while, there’s plenty to catch up on. The best table shape to ensure everyone can join in the conversation? A round one like this pedestal design (below). It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, so it’s right for every meal.
4. Increase kitchen storage
Nowhere to put a cake stand, favourite cookbooks, a stand mixer, or dry ingredients? That’s where a good larder (below) comes to the rescue. Ours are modular, so you can size to fit your room and the extras that haven’t found a home in kitchen cupboards and be ready to feed the family or a crowd.
5. Make the living room clutter-free
You can’t beat a storage footstool (below) for providing a place to tidy away in a trice. It has room inside for magazines, remotes, games, throws, cushions… Of course, it looks smart, too, and doubles up as a coffee table.
6. Invest in extra seating
When a living room’s already full of furniture, how do you seat extra guests? Our favourite solution is an upholstered cube (below) which will fit in where an armchair won’t go. Try one as a quick way to boost capacity, or swap it in as a dressing table stool or a desk seat if you need to bring in a chair from another room.
7. Slip in a slimline bedroom table
Don’t leave overnighters struggling for a place to put their book, glasses or phone. If there’s not room for a full-size bedroom table this petite Tuvan (below) is made for the job and works in classic or contemporary rooms.
8. Keep bed linen to hand
Cram too much into an airing cupboard and bedding sets can be a hassle to locate and remove. Instead, consider storing them in an ottoman (below) in the bedroom, so they’re ready to go. The added bonus? They’ll make a scheme look luxurious and they’re handy for perching or laying out clothes.
9. Create a room for two
Make it easy to accommodate young visitors in with your own children with a sleigh bed and sleepover under bed combination (below). It makes overnight stays quick and easy to prepare for and means you don’t need to find a place to put away a spare bed when it’s not required.
10. Boost bathroom storage
Here’s another solution to an overflowing airing cupboard. Our French cupboard (below) can be the perfect place to stash guest towels, toiletries and bathroom essentials. Its uses don’t end there, though. It’s stylish enough to put in the dining room as a neat sideboard, or the living room as elegant extra storage.