Floor Seating Ideas

Floor seating may have become a decor fad in recent years but it has been a culture (& tradition) in India from time immemorial. All our religious & traditional ceremonies take place sitting on the floor. Not only in Hinduism but also in many other cultures sitting on the floor connects you to Gaia (Greek personification of Earth)- the energy of Earth, one of the five elements of nature. The other four elements being Fire, Sky, Water and Wind; all five form a part of all religious, traditional or cultural rituals in India.

Coming back to the fad, floor seating definitely has become a more evolved universal concept; luxurious rugs, giant fluffy floor cushions, low tables and lamps & lights, it creates a very relaxed & informal set up for lounging; although not everybody is comfortable with it for various reasons. For those who enjoy sitting on the floor here is a quick and simple floor seating arrangement with things around your home.

I, for one, have always enjoyed working on various projects sitting on the floor (in fact most of them!) hence there is always a corner in our home which has a comfortable, fuss free floor seating (which can be picked up and set up in five minutes flat for cleaning & mopping). All you need is:

  • Any old/extra mattress (you can fold it or keep it full length, depending on the space you have chosen for the arrangement)
  • A single bed sheet/bedcover
  • A mat/straw mat/ thin rug (even a table runner would do) on the wall for your back.
  • A small rug/mat (any shape)
  • A few extra cushions/bolsters (any size)
  • Any low table or cabinet to stow/stash your things (optional)
  • A table lamp (optional)

Choose your space for the seating, I chose this corner

Hang the straw mat/thin rug on to the wall(if it is against the wall) just a couple of inches above the floor or directly above the skirting, assemble the mattress as desired or as the space allows, throw in a few cushions and add a rug in front of the mattress and it’s done! Addition of a low table or a low cabinet acts a utility piece than a mere accessory.

This arrangement was (for one of  our ‘base’ homes) done with the stuff that was otherwise lying in boxes/storage (didn’t buy anything!). It may not look plush in terms of style or luxury but it’s functional and fuss free. 

 

It won’t take more than 20 minutes of arranging time, from scratch till the end, if you have everything you need.

I am planning to do a floor seating for my son’s room… maybe next weekend, I have started digging for the extra stuff that I need. Till then here are some pictures for inspiration 🙂

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Floor Seating Ideas

  1. first of all thanks to be there online…i just bought a new flat with very little space…for the time being i wanted to arrange my sitting room at a low cost…i always liked the idea of floor sitting arrangement…your blog gave me more ideas as to how to arrange…please do share more ideas related to it…thanks again.

  2. hello,
    can you please suggest places/sites where i could buy floor cushions for dining area.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Dear Ramya, you may check online shopping portals for floor cushions… Fab India is another good options for ready made or better yet get your tailor to make the cushion covers for you… and then get them stuffed with poly fill or high density sponge… it is easy to maintain/wash them with these fills. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Bumped into your blog while searching for floor seating ideas for my small cute living room, loved it! 🙂 will share pics once done! thx

  4. Supriti, I love this blog post! Your ideas and decor are beautiful, and I enjoyed learning something new about the cultural significance of floor seating. I also had my eyes on those Cath Kidston-like seat cushions…how pretty! Thank you for sharing at the “all things handmade” link party on the Go Crochet Crazy Blog (www.GoCrochetCrazy.blogspot.com). I hope to see you there again this Friday!

  5. What a fun space. Just too cute! thank you for sharing with us on Twirl and Take a Bow. Hope you’ll come back any Tuesday and join us again! ~Tammy

  6. I love these ideas – looks cozy! Thanks so much for linking this up to the Friday Frenzy!

  7. Your floor seating space looks lovely! I like how you’ve coordinated the colors and textures so well. I also like floor seating. I thought that would change once I got older but it just feels good & grounded!

  8. Hi Supriti,
    You have an awesome blog. And this floor seating concept is amazing! Love the choice of colors- Beyond words 🙂

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