Traditional Indian seating arrangement not only looks good but is extremely comfortable. Here are some options you can explore
The traditional Indian seating style has been popular for centuries now. It has been in existence since the olden times when the rulers used to have low seating arrangements in their darbars and havelis. Back then bolsters were extensively used as backrests or armrests. Even today, the traditional seating arrangement is extremely popular. Homes with contemporary interiors too use the arrangement. The beauty of low seating is that it goes well with almost any kind of décor. Depending on the budget, you can get your very own baithak, diwan, gaddi, or any other form of Indian seating arrangement done for almost any part of your house.
Whether you are planning the interior layout of a new house or rearranging the interiors of your existing home, floor seating can be designed in various ways. It could be a simple diwan decorated with a couple of bolsters and few cushions, or an intricately designed carpet or rug laid out on the floor with large thick rectangular pillows serving as backrests resting against the wall. Alternatively, you could have cotton gaddis or foam mattresses in one or two layers with colourful bolsters and cushions.
One could also opt for a custom-made and designed diwan with a slightly raised platform in either marble or wood, with or without a mattress on the top. The tapestry, such as mattress covers and cushion covers could be either in silk, jute or cottons depending on the budget in subtle hues or contrasting shades as per the other decor and colour shades of the walls.
When it comes to comfort, floor seating can outclass any sofa chair or couch in your living room. It allows you to laze around or just slouch and is quickly and easily adaptable to any shape and size of room. Above all, since the seating arrangement is low, the room looks much larger and spacious.
The beauty of Indian seating is that it doesn’t cost too much. A nice single bed cover, two bolsters and few cushions will complete the task. Those who do not mind spending a little extra can always get a wooden frame made for the mattress.
A point worth remembering while getting Indian seating arrangement for your home is that more than the basic material like the mattress or the diwan, furnishing or upholstery plays a major role in giving the whole set-up an elegant and classy look.
In a nutshell
There are several options in traditional Indian seating – diwans, gaddis, baithak among others
The arrangement is adaptable to any décor and also to any shape and size of room
It is one of the most inexpensive seating arrangements