The moment that you walk into your newly finished screen room, you know for certain that it’s going to be the focal point of your entertaining over the summer months. The big screens act both as windows to let the light and protection against bugs and the harshest sun rays. However, if you’re going to be spending large amounts of time with friends and family in your screen room, you need to think carefully about how the furniture will work to service your entertaining requirements.
Fortunately, the creation of a brand new space outside of your existing home gives you plenty of opportunities to be creative with your screen room furniture ideas. Here are some common, and not so common, ways to organize your new entertaining space:
- Sofa and two chairs – this is the classic three piece suite idea that has pervaded the screen room scene because it works. A simple two or three seater sofa with a single chair at either end creates an intimate atmosphere with plenty of eye contact and a space for a focal point such as a coffee table or decorative fire pit.
- Cozy corner with two sofas – by putting two sectional sofas at right angles to each other, you create a similarly cozy atmosphere as with the sofa and chairs above, but the connected space brings everyone a little closer. This screen room set up is recommended for close family and friends.
- Create separate areas – if you’ve got a long and narrow screen room, such as one built over an outdoor patio or deck, you may want to create separate eating and entertaining areas with your screen room furniture. A simple table chairs setup can be placed near the door into the screen room, and some combination of chairs and sofas can be put at the far end for after dinner drinks and conversations.
- Swap chairs for ottomans – if your screen room is tight on space, you may want to think about switching out a chair or two for an ottoman. They take up less space and make for an excellent perch. Most ottomans now come with in-built storage underneath, meaning you can keep the screen room clutter to a minimum.
- A pair of chairs – finally, one of the classic screen room furniture ideas is a simple pair of chairs with a small table in between. This is great if you have a shallow room which will push you and your companion right up to the screen looking out over the garden. It’s a great set up for intimate conversations, and could be used in a corner of a longer room as a quiet getaway for two.
With any of these screen room furniture ideas, the trick is keep everything matching. This concept runs from the material used for the sofa or chairs (wicker is a traditional and timeless look) to the upholstery designs across the seating. Be sure to keep some of the fabric you use to cover the chairs and sofas to turn into coasters or tablecloths to keep the room looking well put together when you next entertain in your screen room this summer.