Ode to the Chat Group

I have a confession: I am totally in love with the chat group.

Commonly, this is four chairs surrounding a cocktail ottoman or low table.  The arrangement conjures up images of women in flower bedecked hats drinking tea or even something stronger, but it can be a great way to fight the tv-centric seating arrangements we are getting more and more used to.

Take the sun room or four season porch for example.  Usually, this is an additional seating space adjacent to a great room or family room that already houses a television. What if this space  became about conversation, reading with your feet up, or relaxing with a morning coffee?  More than this, it can be a great way to use space.

I used the room planner at Schneidermans.com to show off a great way to use this arrangement.

Here is a pretty typical, tv centric space where the tv is mounted over the fireplace

Compared to

This arrangement still has some great views for the fireplace and tv (better than the first, in fact, but the entire room isn’t about that.

Perfect chat group pieces aren’t hard to find.  Small, comfy swivel chairs and a round storage ottoman are ideal.  If you would like a more formal arrangement, try something like the Social Butterfly collection from Schnadig.

Social Butterfly Chair

Social Butterfly Chair

Social Butterfly Ottoman

Social Butterfly Ottoman

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