Family rooms are an increasingly popular addition to homes. They afford families a unique space where they can sit back, relax, and enjoy quality time together. One of the most common mistakes families make when designing their family room is sacrificing style for function. An aesthetically appealing family room is certainly something to be proud of, but we all know that even the most beautiful family room in the world means nothing if it isn’t functional. Here’s how you can determine if your family-room design functions well enough to meet your needs.
Your most immediate needs can be met by contemplating (and possibly changing) your furniture options and arrangements. Your sofa size and set up are the first thing to consider. Relaxing in your family room is certainly not possible if you have nowhere to sit comfortably. There are many different types of sofa styles, and the one you choose for this room should match the needs of you and your family. For example, a family of four that loves watching movies together will have their needs taken care of if they have a long, large sofa with reclining options. This same family will not be as well off with a loveseat or a few chairs. If you run into sofa size problems, custom furniture is always an option.
Family room size
The size of your family room plays a huge role in regards to how functional it is. It’s important to realize that a family room that’s too big or small will not function properly. To determine if your design is functional, think about the size of your family and what you do together in the family room. Also, ask your family members what they think. Their input can help make a group decision that will ultimately lead to family satisfaction and happiness. Another great person to ask for advice is an experienced architect. Their knowledge and valuable input can help steer you in the right direction when making important decisions.
Many people don’t realize how much window sizes and options can influence the functionality of a family room. Your design should include windows that are perfectly sized. They should be placed in areas where they will allow natural sunlight to enter the room and create a warm, relaxed, and comfortable environment. Windows that are too large, small, or not positioned properly can turn a beautiful and otherwise functional family room into one that no one wants to be in.
If you’re not pleased with your windows, it’s recommended that you arrange a consultation with a trusted architect. Window options and placement can be tricky. Leaving all the fine details up to a professional is a way to make designing your family room simple, easy, and fun. You can leave the hard work up to the architect and focus on design aspects that you most enjoy.
Acoustics and entertainment
A functional family room is one that allows you and your family to talk at a normal volume. It’s also one that has a perfectly sized and positioned television. If you have an audio system, your design should accommodate it. Music and television sound should not overpower the room and make you and your family uncomfortable.
Furniture, room size, windows, and acoustics and entertainment considerations are all important when determining if your family-room design functions well to meet your needs. The information here can be used as a guide to help get you started in the right direction. If you would like help, advice, or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to arrange a consultation with one of our architects.