Creating the perfect family room in your house is an ongoing project. Yes, a family room, not a TV room. It’s tough! Especially now that media surrounds us in so many ways – the TV, smart phones, tablets and more.  But with the right combinations of cozy and functional, the creation of more family time through the perfect family room can be mastered!

Start simple and select a seating arrangement that brings the family together for conversations, story telling, game playing and whatever else comes your way as a family. Opt for a sectional that will fit your crew and the soccer team if an impromptu postgame happens at your place! Be prepared to host friends and family looking to escape the everyday by creating hangout spots with floor cushions and a few fluffy blankets. But be warned… If it’s too cozy, they may stay a while!

While the seating is a great first start, you can also create a work and storage situation that allows for accommodation of young kids, teen needs and allows you to tuck away the latest project in a flash when the girls decide coffee is at your place today!

The perfect table set can provide storage room and working space. Select a solid table set that has a working surface and add in baskets or bins under the tables for storage. The baskets can hold scrapbooks and supplies from your latest project or coloring books, crayons, school supplies for the kiddos. The table and storage system allows you to pull out and work on projects together or tuck items away under the table for a quick clean up.

A family room must be functional. It’s custom, ever changing, and accommodating. Creating this room will never be complete, because we’re constantly working to keep bringing the family together. Creating family time takes time, but if you create that cozy destination that everyone loves, the space that calls you in and relaxes you instantly, you’ll be on your way to more family bonding!

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