3 Tips For Maximizing Seating In Your Lobby

3 Tips For Maximizing Seating In Your Lobby


Intuitively, we may think oversized sofas and chairs are most inviting for a lobby, but they can be overwhelming and take up valuable space.  An oversized chair only seats one person and typically only one to two people will sit on a large sectional. Here some suggestions and success stories I would like to share.

TIP: Utilize smaller sofas and single “human scale” chairs  30″ to 36” wide. With these dimensions, a lobby can hold more functional seats and still look spacious.

SUCCESS STORY: In Los Angles we used this formula and as I was installing one of the employees noted how open and spacious the lobby looked and yet we had added five seats – much needed five seats to a very busy lobby! See the new look below:

FBO interior in Los Angeles


TIP: We can choose any style that fits the regional theme and scale it down to 72,” which is the perfect size for a lobby. Why? Two people can easily sit here if they are together, but likely one person will sit on a sofa. With the use of smaller width sofas, you pick up valuable floor space to be able to place single chairs and side tables in strategic locations.

SUCCESS STORY: In Pittsburgh we are space planning the lobby with two seating groups using these 72” sofas as anchor pieces. Again see how style and materials can vary to meet each design style and yet allow the space plan to accommodate more seating in high style.

Interior design details


TIP: Don’t underestimate the value of a bench along a window wall or walkway. seating may only be 18” deep and can be any length to fill a space for overflow seating. Again the style can match the materials and wood finish of the lobby design.

SUCCESS STORY:  In Los Angeles, we were able to fit two 60” benches along the entry on the window wall which was previously unused space. When it is standing room only, a bench is great additional seating.

Interior furniture arrangement

Thank you for visiting the Design Notes Blog and hope you these were valuable tips for your planning. Sophia is happy to help you create a functional lobby layout to meet the needs of your customers.

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