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30 Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Living Room

April 27, 2020

A living room designed with kids and pets in mind doesn't have to be short on style. Check out these spaces that are functional, fabulous and family-friendly.

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Don't Forget the Rocker

A rocker is a must-have piece of furniture for kiddos. Not only is it great for lulling little ones to sleep, but it's also the quintessential reading spot. Luckily, rockers come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so find one that fits right into your design. Also, with kids, you spend a lot of time on the floor, so consider having comfortable throw pillows around for lounging.

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Photo: Tessa Neustadt. From: Blackband Design.

Select the Right Fabrics

Neutral furniture is a smart choice for the base of any living room. Layer on throw pillows in a variety of textures and colors, and you've created a stylish space for the whole family. Look for fabrics that are nubby or woven, as they're more likely to hide stains and smudges than smooth, flat upholstery.

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Photo: The Land of Nod

Make Furniture Work for You

Look for pieces that double as storage. For instance, this round coffee table features a flat top for playtime, along with a handy deep drawer for stowing away toys. Quick clean up options are a must for maintaining a clutter-free and stylish living room.

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Give Pets Their Own Space

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn converted a drum-style side table into a cozy hideaway for dogs or cats. Want to make your own? Hit thrift stores to find a side table that's large enough for your pet to be able to stand up and turn around. Remove the doors and add padding and upholstery fabric to the table's interior. Finally, add a cushy pillow for lounging.

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