Creating a Functional Entertaining Space

Creating a Functional Living Space.

‘Tis the season to entertain.  Not everyone has a dedicated space for entertaining but there are ways to adapt the space you do have.  Large or small, rooms can be transformed for a party with just a few simple adjustments in layout and functional additions.

A living room with large windows, creating a functional entertaining space.
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A living room for creating a functional entertaining space with large windows overlooking the city.

Keep an open flow throughout the space for guests to move about freely.  Provide areas of seating for ten to fifteen percent of your guests.  Seating can be as simple as an ottoman or a side chair.  A sectional sofa can provide the majority of seating for guests.  Scattered ottomans make quick seating options and can be easily moved about the room.

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Creating a functional and inviting living room with white furniture and a fireplace.
Creating a Functional Entertaining Space with table and chairs.

You can bring in high-top tables and bar stools or simply borrow a few side chairs from the dining room.  Have plenty of surfaces available for guests to place their drinks and food.

Two bar stools and a table in a room, creating a functional entertaining space.

Open floor plans have become increasingly popular in recent years for their spacious and inviting feel. They offer an easy flow from one room to the next, making them ideal for entertaining. However, not every home has an open floor plan, and sometimes it can be difficult to create a cohesive entertaining space when there are physical barriers between rooms.

This is where bar carts come in. A bar cart is a versatile piece of furniture that can easily be moved from one room to another, making it perfect for entertaining in any part of your home. Not only can it hold your favorite drinks and glasses, but it can also be used as a side table or a decorative display when not in use.

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Bar carts come in a wide variety of styles and materials, from sleek modern designs to vintage-inspired models. You can choose a cart that fits in with the overall decor of your home or one that adds a fun and quirky touch to your space. They can be made of wood, metal, or even acrylic, with finishes ranging from polished brass to matte black.

Another great thing about bar carts is that they offer a lot of flexibility in terms of how you use them. You can set up a full bar with all the fixings, or simply use the cart to hold a few bottles and glasses. If you have a small space, a bar cart can be a great way to create a designated spot for entertaining without taking up too much room.

In addition to their practical uses, bar carts can also be a fun way to express your personal style. You can decorate your cart with colorful cocktail shakers, quirky coasters, and unique glassware. You can also use the cart to display decorative objects such as vases, books, or small sculptures.

Overall, bar carts are an excellent option for those who want to create a stylish and functional entertaining space in their home, regardless of whether they have an open floor plan or not. With their mobility and versatility, bar carts can easily adapt to your changing needs and be used in a variety of ways throughout your home.

Creating a Functional Bar Cart Space with Wine Bottles and Wine Glasses.
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If you have an open floor plan, you can maximize the flow from one room to the next by creating open arrangements of furniture.  To make a large space more intimate, arrange several seating areas throughout the space.  High-top tables and chairs, ottomans or various side chairs with a table serve this purpose well.

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Creating a Entertaining Space.
A functional living room with a couch and a coffee table.

With smaller areas, keep clutter to a minimum and remove pieces of furniture if necessary.  The mobility and size of bar carts make them the ideal pieces to use in smaller spaces.  Provide a separate area for food, where guests can serve themselves and move around.

Creating a Functional Entertaining Space with brown furniture and a tv.
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With the season for entertaining getting into full swing, gear up for guests with just a few simple tricks and space management.  Let the festivities begin!


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