Whether it’s an apartment or a tiny home, small-space living can have so many advantages, both in terms of cost and lifestyle. But when it comes time to have a few guests over, finding a place to put everyone can indeed be a challenge. Here are a few clever strategies for tucking away seating options that can be accessed when the need arises.

Invest in an all-purpose bench. Place a bench up against a wall or window and use it to display plants, stacks of books or dishes. When company arrives, stash said items on a windowsill or in a closet and pull the bench out for extra seating.

Stow hassocks in your entertainment center. Buy a shelving unit for your television that includes room to house two small hassocks right underneath the TV. Pop these out whenever you need two extra seats in your living area.

Tuck stools underneath counter space. Have a counter in your kitchen? Buy backless stools that slide all the way underneath the counter, so that they are out of the way and create more space when not in use. Put them into action wherever you may need when guests pop by.

Make chairs multifunctional. Put small accent chairs to work in other rooms, such as to stack towels upon in the bathroom, or as a plant stand in the bedroom. They can resume their traditional role as a chair if and when the need arises.

Decorate with large pillows. Adorn your bed or sofa with a giant pillow or two that can serve as floor-cushion seating for casual soirees. Let’s face it – who doesn’t like to cozy up to the coffee table close to the snacks?!