Comfy Chair Transforms Small Space

The Belle Writer's Studio Before. The chair is now in the far left corner where the futon was.


One of the things we did right in designing The Belle Writer’s Studio is making sure I had enough room for both office space and sitting space, in case I wanted to relax while reading for research or even work from my laptop in a more comfortable chair.

Until now, we only had the futon in the studio. I’ve felt for a long time that it was missing a nice, comfy chair, but I hadn’t found one that wasn’t both small and comfortable.

That was, until a couple of years ago when we visited the lake home of a friend of ours in Kansas.

They had a smaller brown chair that as vinyl, was functional for a lake style home (it just needs to be wiped down and if someone sits on it while wet, it really doesn’t hurt anything) and didn’t overpower their small space.

I fell in love with the chair at first sit, but they couldn’t remember where they had gotten it.

The futon is now extended out from the wall, facing the window, which creates more of a defined sitting area


A couple of months ago, they began their downsized retirement to their lake home and called to tell me they had to get rid of the chair to make room for some other furniture they wanted to take with them.

When we went to KC for a visit a month ago, we picked it up. It is not only lightweight, but we were right about nothing harming it, the chair rode all the way down to Arkansas in the back of our pick up, bumped along our rough road and the only thing I had to do was wipe it off.

I rearranged the studio to accommodate the chair in the corner, which does give me a great place to sit and read or curl up with research.

It has made all of the difference in my office, which makes it feel so much more inviting. I even want to spend quiet time here when I’m not working.

I’m not big on rearranging furniture, but I do like the flexibility of being able to make a space warmer or more inviting. It’s a luxury we don’t have in Our Little House, which will only accommodate the futon sofa one way due to the placement of the wood stove.

If you’re thinking of building a small home, have you given thought to how you want your furniture placed, what you would like to keep and will it be big enough to change if you want?

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6 Responses

  1. Kennetha says:

    How many s.f. is your house?

    • Kerri says:

      Hi, Kennetha, Our home is 480 sq. ft., but this chair is in the office, which is 320 sq. ft. Since I write from home, I found I needed a little more space than the house provided for a business.

  2. Sheryl M says:

    All the time. We downsized two years ago, from a 2600 sqft to a little over 1000. From lots of rooms to one BR, and a loft, etc. None of the existing living room / dining room / bedroom furniture came along (except for one chest). The fun part was getting to redesign with new ideas and start over on the furniture. I never thought I’d say this, but it’s true about living smaller and saving money: partly because when you realize you have no room for new things, you quit looking for them (shopping), and start buying the essentials that you do need. It really is freeing to have money to spend on the things you want to do, rather than what you want. Small is the new cool!

    • Kerri says:

      LOL, I like that, Sheryl, “Smart is the new cool!” I completely agree with you. While we still want some things, it is mostly things that will make our outdoor lives more fun – an outdoor kitchen, a newer boat (ours is 35 years old and it could last us the rest of our lives, but we’re having trouble finding parts for the motor now). No room in the house for anything else. 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    I’m in the process of doing just that. We just came back from checking on the progress of the addition we’re putting on our little house. Moving in 14 months! Now I’m looking at what will fit and what must go.

    Unfortunately, I love antiques and have several pieces that just will not fit. They will have a new life with someone else. Tough decisions, but I think I can make the most of the area with fewer pieces that will fit just right.

    • Kerri says:

      Oooh, it’s getting closer, Carol! YAY! My aunt had an unusual china cabinet that is an antique and fit into a corner and she designed her dining area in her house just for that piece. Most of my beloved antiques I inherited from my mom fit, so I was lucky.