You might be familiar with the term of conversation pit. It’s typically a feature that incorporates built-in seating and that is situated in a depressed section of flooring within a larger room. It could also be called a sunken sitting area. Most often, it features a coffee table in the center and it’s meant to be comfortable for those using it. It’s partially hidden and separated from the rest of the room and yet it’s a part of the main picture.
The advantage for conversation pits is that they bring the users closer together and allows them to interact better than they would in a normal sitting area where the persons sit on chairs, sofas and ottomans. The seats here face each other although this is not a mandatory feature. It’s a type of design that favors conversation, interaction and that also offers comfort. It’s perfect for small dinner parties, games or casual chats.
The only disadvantage that such a conversation pit or sitting area would present is that interacting with the persons standing above in the room can be uncomfortable. Still, the main idea for this design is to gather everyone inside the sitting area so there shouldn’t be such an occasion. Also, accidental falls may occur and it’s not the best choice for families with small children. Let’s now take a look at a few designs featuring sunken sitting areas and see what else they can offer.
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