Create an Incredible Family Room That Does It All

Your family room—big or small—should be a space where EVERYONE can kick back and relax. Sound like a tall order? It's easier than you think with these clever tips and multifunctional pieces.

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Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

VIP Sectional

A beautiful, comfortable sectional can seat several people without taking up the space that chairs and sofas would. Kids can pile on and adults can really stretch out and relax. Opt for a sleeper version if you tend to have more guests than guest rooms.

Compact Activity Zone

When space is at a premium in an open floor plan, consider the kind of activities you'll use the dining space for beyond eating and entertaining. This smart setup includes some shelf space under the table, while storage ottomans serve as compact, multifunctional seating.

Kid Clutter Control

Create a kid zone where little ones can congregate, giving adults a little breathing room. When playtime is up, the storage cubbies or shelves will encourage kids to keep their toys or art supplies nice and tidy (and off the floor).

Pet Hideaway

Furry family members need their own space, too. This cleverly designed end table can accommodate a table lamp or decor, and below there's a cozy hideaway for your pooch to curl up when they need a break from the pack.

Pet Feeder

Keep treats and dog food handy so feeding the furbabies is easier for everyone. There are some great-looking feed stations to choose from with enclosed storage underneath. Also, older pets will find eating from elevated bowls more comfortable.

Make a Mudroom

Just one or two key pieces can transform an underutilized wall into a miniature mudroom packed with storage. Placing a small storage bench with bins or baskets near the door is a fantastic way to control inbound clutter. Well-placed hooks, cubbies and shelves add plenty of storage and make the most of limited space. Add small-scale artwork and throw pillows to keep the look polished.

Raise the Bar

Create a more functional kitchen pass-through by adding a sturdy shelf and barstools. Standard shelf depth (12 to 16 inches) will provide plenty of space to accommodate an impromptu snack sesh or kid-sized place-settings when entertaining larger groups.

Coffee Table Storage

Don't overlook potential storage pieces when shopping for a coffee table. A lidded ottoman or basket is the perfect spot to store larger items like floor cushions, extra blankets or guest linens.

Dress Up That Dresser

Repurpose a dresser for use in your family room by topping it with a pair of sleek table lamps and cocktail essentials. Use the drawers to store barware or tabletop accessories.

Good Lighting

To create a cozy yet sophisticated look, don't just rely on overhead fixtures. Layer lighting throughout the room via table lamps, sconces and floor lamps. Put a few of them on dimmers to change up the mood of the room.

Privacy, Please

Window treatments not only look pretty and soften the space, they're an easy way to keep the room cool and inviting by shading harsh sunlight. At night they provide total privacy, so you'll feel free to curl up in comfy PJs and binge-watch your favorite shows to your heart's content.

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