Have you ever heard of a family room? This concept comes from the United States, halfway between living room and playroom, allows the whole family to gather around recreational activities without encroaching on other parts of the house.
What is a family room and what are its benefits?
Also known as a recreation room, the family room is designed to be at the heart of family life. The idea is to bring together the different activities in which family members like to spend time, alone or together. It is therefore a living space that should allow sometimes to isolate, sometimes to meet.
The family room recreates the environment conducive to the leisure of each without upsetting the layout of other rooms. It is also a friendly place to meet at the end of the day and the weekend to spend time together. Creating a room devoted to leisure at home, it may seem a waste of space but in reality, in a world where everything goes too fast, it is essential to (re) give importance to time spent with family, sharing and the fulfillment of all.
What activities to gather in the family room?
There is no typical recreational room, and it’s up to you to decide with your family what hobbies you want to dedicate space . Often, it is primarily a playroom for children where their toys and disguises are gathered, but it can also be a TV lounge to watch family movies or a place to play or listen to music. You can also collect all the books in the house and set it up as a reading room, or install the family computer.
If you have plenty of room, you can devote space to a group game like football or billiards, or even set up a small platform to improvise or rehearse shows and choreographies … kids and teens will love it!
Ask yourself about your desires, what you would do if you had one more room, and create this room where everyone will have his space, real and interior, to develop and share his aspirations.
The ideal location of the family room
The interest of a room dedicated to the leisure seems obvious, but it is not always easy to find the place necessary to develop it. Failing to dedicate a complete room, have you thought to exploit the mezzanine, the basement or the attic? You can even consider dedicating a part of the living room if it is large, or a small communicating room such as an antechamber or an alcove.
The advantages of an independent piece : it will be easier to isolate oneself there to read or watch a film, or not to disturb others, for example for the practice of a musical instrument . Moreover the physical separation will well delineate the leisure time of the rest of the daily tasks. It is essential to relax completely, but also to delimit the time slots of children dedicated to an activity.
The advantages of a communicating room : more realistic if you run out of space, a space in the living room will also allow you to monitor the games of the little ones who thus gain autonomy without danger. Remember to define the space with a screen or a sliding panel to prevent the entire living room is gradually turning into a playroom!
How to arrange the family room?
The more members of the home, the more versatile the room must be to adapt to different uses. This is especially true if there is a big difference in age between children, because the needs and interests are not the same for little ones and teens for example. It will therefore be necessary to optimize the space to fit everything necessary.If you like board games, choose a retractable or extendable table to suit the number of players and be discreet when not in use. Separate the games of the little ones to create a corner where they will not have to train electric wires or dangerous objects.
Multiply the storage! They will allow greater versatility, but also to put the piece in order regularly. Think of crates for toys, a shelf at least for books and board games, stackable boxes that save space … Take advantage of the low spaces (under the sofa, at the bottom of the library) for everyone has its storage space.
Do not neglect the comfort either. The family room is a room in which we must have fun to meet. Multiply the comfortable seating: sofa to watch a movie, poufs and armchairs to read, swing, plaids and cushions to snuggle up … Thick carpets will be perfect for children’s games and will allow you to sit on the floor in case of over-crowded visitors !
Versatility to the end!
The idea of ??the family room is to create a space for relaxation, but also to free the other rooms. Thus the children’s rooms will be devoted to sleep and homework or the living room at the reception of visitors or domestic activities … You will certainly “sacrifice” a room, but you will gain in terms of storage and efficiency during the household of the whole house.
If its dimensions allow, the family room once stored can also easily turn into a guest room, you just need to provide a sofa bed or retractable mattress.
Think of this space as a place of expression and communication. This room is reserved for the family circle, you will not have to worry about any aesthetic censorship. This is the perfect place to hang children’s drawings, set up a blackboard where everyone can express their creativity, stitch movie posters … Have fun and make your family room a place that belongs only to you!