Your living room is the center of your home. It’s where everyone hangs out and spends time together, and where you can relax at the end of a long day. For many people, it’s a room where a lot of different things happen. If your living room doesn’t just serve one purpose, you can create a flexible space that you can use in a multitude of ways. When your living room is a homework space, home theater, fort-building area and family reunion venue, here’s how you can make it work.
1. Pick Multifunctional Furniture.
Start with using furniture that can do several things at once. The best bonus feature you can get for any furniture is that it also doubles up as storage space. In a busy family home, there will always be people’s stuff floating around. Having plenty of storage space will help you to keep clutter under control. You can get tables, chairs, and sofas that all have storage space hidden inside them. If you sometimes eat in your living room, maybe while hosting guests, an adjustable coffee table is also a great idea. You can raise the height, so it’s suitable for eating.
2. Choose Seating You Can Reconfigure.
Your living room needs to have enough seating for everyone who regularly uses it. You might also want to consider having even more so that there’s space for guests. And sometimes you want to reposition your seating so you can sit in just the right position. You can start out by looking for the best priced sectional sofa if you want an affordable way to create flexible seating. With a sectional, you can split up the different parts and use them however you want. Create one big sofa or use each section as an individual seat.
3. Use Adjustable Lighting.
Lighting is an important element of setting the scene in any room. When your living room is used for different things, you should have different lighting options to suit various scenarios. You likely want to have the right lighting for watching movies and TV, but something brighter for things like reading or doing homework. You can make sure you have adjustable lighting by using dimmer switches or by using different types of lighting. Overhead spotlights, floor lamps, and wall lights can all offer unique benefits for your living room.
4. Install a Moveable Partition.
If you have a large living room, you might want to think about how to split it up into different sections. You could install a partition that you can move using several methods. One of the simplest things to do is to use a privacy screen that you can easily fold and move out of the way. Or you could have a partition that moves along a track on the ceiling or folds back into one of the walls, or perhaps a curtain that you can back.
Make your living room a more flexible space so your whole family and even guests can use it. Turn it into a communal space for all.
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