Everyone has encountered that special room at some point in their lives, whether it’s a home, a friend’s place or when visiting grandparents. That room where everything is always neat, clean and tidy, and the place where you feel that you can’t even breathe without being scolded. For many sunroom owners, their new indoor outdoor space becomes this hallowed treasure that is only fit for responsible people who won’t ruin the serene beauty of the new room.
However, in today’s society, more and more people are living in multi-generational homes, and even if the grandparents aren’t living with you, the chances are you’ve extended using a sunroom to provide your whole family with more space. Allowing everyone the opportunity to use the sunroom will mean that the pressure on the rest of the home is relieved, and nobody feels like they’re banned from part of the house. To make your sunroom into a family sunroom that everyone can enjoy, consider incorporating some of these ideas:
- Hidden toy storage – the bane of every young family’s existence is finding the balance between allowing the kids to keep toys and games out and tidying everything away to keep the house looking neat. The kids will naturally want to come and play in the family sunroom due the bright and open spaces, so finding a way to keep the toys under control will help everyone to use. A great example is a flat tray with small wheels that can be stored under a couch and rolled out when needed. Another is a dedicated ottoman that stores all the toys in whatever state they’re in.
- A variety of seating options – while it’s tempting to buy a matching couch and armchair, you’ that different ages will prefer different seating. Consider a big lazy boy style recliner for your older family members, a set of stick or foldable chairs for younger children and a couple of longer couches for family cuddle time. While the styles of chair may not match any overall theme that you have thought of, you can cover each in the same colour or fabric to create a little more unity and coherence to the design scheme.
- Two focus points – even though a typical sunroom covers less than twenty metres squared, you can encourage multiple uses of the room by having two focus points. The first will most likely be the patio doors out to the garden, as they’ll act like a living painting in your room. The second could be a fireplace on the other side of the room, or a small TV set. In either case, you need to set up the seating around each focal point, and you’ll end up with the feeling of two rooms in one, allowing everyone to use it in their own way.
Creating a true family sunroom also requires you to consult with the people who are going to want to use the room the most. You can use these conversations to also set up some ground rules and expectations; these won’t be that the room can never be used, but they should be about how it’s kept clean for the next user.