Travelers aren't crazy about middle seats on planes, and most of us don't much like middle seats on sofas.
How do you solve the problem of getting more than two people to sit comfortably on your sofa?
The March/April issue of Metropolitan Home provides a simple solution: Create a bolster. A small floating bolster is a portable arm when set along the seat cushion seam; or set lengthwise, it's a support for the small of the back. It can even make a sofa daybed dreamy for afternoon reclining with a good book, the magazine says.
A small, round bolster, set in the middle, creates an armrest that ''grounds'' the person in the middle seat and makes the experience less like rubbing elbows with neighbors. In an example from designer Vicente Wolfe, the bolster is covered in canvas and mixed in with throw pillows.
''Guests will avoid the middle seat, unless you personalize it for them,'' said Editor-in-Chief Donna Warner. ''Here's a simple, inexpensive way to create 'private' space for a third guest and, at the same time, add color and texture to the design scheme for your room.''
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