Savvy furniture solutions for holiday hosts

The best thing about the holidays can also be among the most stressful, especially if you’ll be welcoming out-of-town guests.

While we all look forward to making lasting memories with loved ones, a growing family may have you wondering how you can possibly seat everyone for dinner or find a place for them to lay their heads – comfortably.

The question becomes more pressing for those who’ve embraced a smaller-footprint home, without spare rooms or finished basements.

“If you’re trying to do more with your space, the solution is furniture that really earns its place in the home, doing double, or sometimes even triple-duty,” says Love Dodd, from Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress.

  • Dining. If your regular dinner circle includes your spouse and maybe a youngster or two, a full holiday meal can pose a challenge, especially if you want people gathered together, rather than dispersed around the dining and family rooms. Look for a table that can expand with the guest list, but remain compact when it’s just you.
  • Storage. One of the biggest challenges for families or those living in smaller spaces is where to store everything when you’re not using it. Think handy cabinets with cupboards, ottomans that offer both extra seating and extra storage, and tables with drawers or hidden storage compartments – the perfect place to sweep your night-time knitting or the kids’ colouring out of sight and out of mind when the doorbell rings!
  • Sleeping. If you’re working remotely, you may already have a home office that’s on call for guest quarters, but what if you don’t have the luxury of space – or the guest list has surpassed your pillow count? More and more, the solution is a modern take on the traditional sofa bed: A comfortable, stylish and oh-so-practical media sleeper.

    Available in both sofa or sectional, when guests are ready for bed, simply pull the tabs to pop up the bed section, and top with sheet, blanket and pillows – it’s a bed in less than a minute! Some also include extra storage in the chaise, movable headrest or an ottoman tuck-in chaise, giving you lots of options. And the best part? You’ll enjoy significant savings on media sleepers right now at Dodd’s.

Let this holiday season be memorable for all the right reasons – head to Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress to make your hosting “trouble spots” a thing of the past.

And remember, Dodd’s Delivers everywhere on Vancouver Island! Browse online at or visit your store and you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time. And be sure to sign up for their newsletter at the bottom of the homepage for care tips and unbelievable deals.

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