How to Make the Best Use of Your Family Room

How to Make the Best Use of Your Family Room

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As family life is busy, it can sometimes be hard to take the time to spend together and enjoy each other’s company. Making the most of your family time when you get the opportunity is essential, and having the perfect place to spend time together makes it even more enjoyable. Ensuring you have your family room set up so that it perfectly meets your family’s needs can make such a difference to the time you spend together. So, if you want to transform your family room into the perfect space for fun times together, you may want to start making some changes. As a family room is a multi-function space, it can be hard to design it to best suit your needs. If you require a little inspiration to help you create the perfect family room, you should find these ideas help:

Make it Cozy

Your family room should be a space where everyone can relax as well as have fun, so ensuring you make the room as cozy as possible is a great idea. Adding a couple of sofas and introducing plenty of cozy throws and pillows is a great way to ensure everyone can get comfortable and chill out. Buying a couple of bean bags for the kids to sit on and relax in is also a great way to ensure you have plenty of seating and places to enjoy some quiet, chilled-out time as a family. 

Install Patio Doors

Designing your family room to integrate perfectly with the rest of your property is the best way to make it as functional as possible. One excellent way to ensure you maximize how much use your family room gets is to provide access to your outside space so you can use both areas at the same time.

Patio doors are an excellent way to make it easy to access your garden from your living space. You can then extend your family time easily from inside to outdoors on sunny days and make the most of plenty of fresh air and time spent outside having fun in your backyard. Encouraging the kids to get outside and get active will be so much easier when you can access the backyard easily during your family time.

Installing customizable patio doors not only makes it easier to use your backyard more often, but has the added benefit of allowing lots of light to flow into your room. Letting more natural light into the room is a massive benefit if your living space tends to be a bit dark. Having the freedom to let extra daylight in and cover it with drapes if you need to offers the best of both worlds.

Choose a Hardwearing Floor

When planning your family room, it is essential to make it practical and a place to have fun. Ensuring your flooring and furniture are up to the challenge of family life and can withstand plenty of wear and tear is vital. Selecting a hardwearing floor surface that can be cleaned easily is a practical solution for a family room and will make it much less stressful to keep the room looking good. Opting for furniture with wipe clean or machine-washable covers is also handy and will mean you do not need to worry about stains.

Create Space for Movie Night

If watching movies is one of your favorite family time activities, ensuring your family room is perfectly set up for this is vital. Creating the perfect movie night at home is a lot of fun and gives you the chance to relax together and enjoy each other’s company. Setting up your family room so that it is perfect for movie nights is something the kids will love, and you may even want to use a big screen and projector to create a genuine movie theater vibe. Don’t forget to stock up on the popcorn to create an authentic cinema experience.

Introduce a Reading Nook

Making your family room a cozy space will ensure it is perfect as a place to relax, watch films, and, most importantly, share stories with the kids. This space is the ideal place to add bookshelves and fill them with favorite storybooks for the kids to read independently and for you to read together. Creating a reading corner is the perfect way to make books accessible for your kids at all times and will help to encourage them to read more frequently. To make reading fun and make the most of your book collection, you could encourage the kids to use it as their own little library.

Add a Table and Chairs

If your family room has enough space, adding a table and chairs to the room is a great way to make more of this multi-functional room. The addition of a table and chairs will ensure that you can use the space to spend quality time with the kids and get stuck into fun activities together. This will make the ideal setting for playing board games, working on jigsaw puzzles, and getting creative with craft activities. Completing these kinds of activities with the kids is an excellent way to bond, spend quality time together, and have fun all at the same time.

Introduce Lots of Storage

As it is a room that serves many purposes and acts as a central hub for family life, adding plenty of storage to your family room is essential. Without storage, you may find that your family room starts to look really cluttered and crowded, which can soon see it turning into a space that is used as more of a dumping ground than a place to spend quality time together. To maximize your available space, it is a good idea to use multi-tasking storage solutions, such as furniture that houses storage space. Trunks that double as coffee tables are a great example of this and will help you keep all your board games, craft supplies, and other family activities tidied away when they are not in use.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).