Family Living and Dining Room Ideas that Will Please Everyone

When it comes to redecorating, certain areas of your house are more important than others. Communal areas, where the family spends lots of time together, are a clear priority. But when you have a busy household with lots of competing tastes, it can be difficult to settle on a style and layout that everyone will be happy with. 


madmumof7's children in living room

Let’s take a look at how to create a space that’ll please kids and parents while still remaining modern and stylish.

Dedicate an Area to Play

Some houses are large enough to set aside a separate playroom. But if this isn’t you, then you’ll need to set aside a portion of your living room for the kids to play in. 

Fail to do this, and you might find that the play area gradually spreads to fill the entire space, making keeping things tidy an endless struggle.
Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash boy plays LEGO

Storage

Speaking of clutter, it’s vital that you have somewhere to store all those miscellaneous items that can often find their way into the living room. 

A quality sideboard provides exactly this. If you have shelving taking up a lot of space, then you might consider condensing all of it into a single, built-in, space-efficient shelving unit.

Benches for dining areas

Where dining areas are concerned, space is often an issue – especially if the dining set is crammed into a corner. 

Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily rectified with the help of a dining table with benches. Benches don’t come with backs, and that means that they can be easily slid all the way underneath the table, for maximum space when you aren’t sitting down to eat. You’ll find plenty of suitable sets online, with the Heals website being a great place to start.

Go for a Corner-Sofa

Corner sofas are an obvious choice, as they provide plenty of seating without consuming too much in the way of floorspace. 

Test out prospective sofa purchase with the whole family, and look for something that can be easily cleaned. You’ll pay a little more for stain-resistant materials like leather, but in some households, the expenditure might be more than worthwhile.

Hide cabling

If there’s an unsightly rats-nest of cabling behind the television, then it’s worth taking a few simple steps to keep it concealed. 

Go for plastic trunking, and hide it using custom wooden furniture. That way you can be sure that curious children won’t go investigating it. 

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