The right furniture configuration can mediate any number of design challenges, creating multiple zones in a large, open space, for example. “This open-concept family room/kitchen has a long, narrow configuration,” say the designers. “We created a cozy seating area near the TV and opted for smaller-scale furniture to keep the space from feeling cramped. The airy lightweight coffee table from Blu Dot is easy to move aside for train or Lego marathons.” Tip for tight spaces: “If you are squeezing a lot of furniture into a smaller space, choose pieces that your eye can see under. This helps make the room feel visually lighter. Higher furniture legs or box frame tables like this one are both great options.”
This bright and cheery family room is covered in high-energy hues, packed with pet-friendly materials and outfitted with clever storage solutions. From washable paint sheen on the walls to lightweight rustic table lamps, the space was designed to be durable, comfy and almost indestructible.
This dramatically eclectic dining room from designer Vanessa DeLeon has a rustic wooden table and large windows allowing natural light to fill this space. The handcrafted table by Palo Samko features his signature butterfly joinery. “In this room, the table is the show-stopper,” says DeLeon, who continued the clean, crisp look with lightweight velvet panels in dark gray on the windows. The chandelier from Currey & Company is purposefully understated.
In addition to the table and chairs, bring a small, lightweight piece to use as a sideboard. A piece like this antique washstand, with a hallow interior, can also help with storing and transporting food and tableware. Wooden crates are also fantastic for this.
Relax in the heat of they day within this stunning poolside cabana, equip with luxurious, flowing, lightweight draperies and a striking upholstered wicker sectional. Details in the pergola construction along with details in the fire table – including chic, mosaic tile and intricate water feature – excite and impress in this Mediterranean oasis.
In this 600-square-foot home, the living area doubles as an entryway and serves as the family’s main gathering space. A graphic rug anchors the seating area, and a roomy sectional sofa is covered in a durable, neutral fabric. Glass-topped wood cubes are lightweight and versatile as a coffee table.
Keep what you need for entertaining on your deck or patio handy with this White Outdoor Beverage Table from Horchow. Handcrafted of a lightweight concrete/resin mix, it gives you a place to rest a tray of drinks and includes a rounded indent that can hold fruit, river stones or beverages on ice.
Why settle for a blanket and a basket when setting up a table and chairs would make your picnic guests feel super special for just a little bit more effort? Find a scenic setting in a valley, a grove of trees, a pretty field, an orchard, or even a quiet corner in your own back yard. Use a lightweight or folding table and chairs to create the wow-factor without the heavy lifting.
Using shutters for window treatments gave the clients privacy while adding a more architectural element to the living space. The great thing about the lightweight chairs is that they are easy to pick up and move around the small space. Whether it's in the living area or additional seating at the dining table, these small chairs are functional and look fantastic. An old crate serves as a decorative place for toys.
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.