You *love* holiday entertaining. But when it comes to making room for everyone at your table, it’s always a bit of a squeeze. IKEA‘s got your back this merry season with their flexible, compact, and movable furnishings. Scroll below to see their 12 affordable product recommendations to use for all of your gatherings to come.


If you live in a studio or really tight quarters, you have to get creative about what furniture you choose. Start with a foldable table for overflow guests that actually turns into a hallway console when not in use. Then consider stools that can be stacked in piles and pulled out at a moment’s notice, or pick up a portable buffet station that frees up your counter for all of those amazing dishes.

1. NORDEN Gateleg Table ($199)

2. FROSTA Stool ($15)

3. FLYTTA Kitchen Cart ($179)

Table Solutions

Transition your formal sit-down meal to a casual affair to accommodate a group. First tip: Cut back on drinkware by using stackable multi-purpose goblets that hold wine, cocktails, *and* dessert. For beverages, have a portable drink station so guests can help themselves, away from the table. Then, when it comes to laying out food, use a three-tiered stand to get maximum bandwidth for your goods.

4. IKEA 365+ Goblet ($2)

5. RÅSKOG Utility Cart ($30)

6. SAMMANHANG Tray Stand ($25)

Compact Decor

Just because you’re being stingy on space doesn’t mean you need to go without decorating. Make the most of your walls with holiday prints, lights, or other festive statements. Express your seasonal style by swapping out cushion covers, placemats, or welcome mats with more appropriate picks. Lastly, display holiday photos or cards on a slim, stacked tower for all of your family and friends to see.

7. SMYCKA Artificial Wreath ($5)

8. JUNHILD Cushion Cover ($10)

9. MYRHEDEN Frame ($15)

Guest Room Extras

If you’re already experiencing anxiety about hosting overnight friends, there are a few key things you can do to ensure their stay is a comfy one. Multi-purpose furniture (like a storage bench) works wonders for holding extra bedding, providing seating, or giving visitors extra space to store their things. When you need to be flexible about your quarters, a room divider can quickly make an open space a private one. Lastly, thoughtful touches, like toiletries, chargers, and fresh towels will make their stay all the sweeter.

10. STOCKSUND Bench ($249) + STOCKSUND Cover ($59)

11. RISÖR Room Divider ($139)

12. NORDMÄRKE USB Charger ($15)

How are you handling holiday entertaining? Leave us your best tips and tricks @BritandCo.

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