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8 Craft and Activity Rooms Ideas For the Whole Family

The first wave of COVID led many families to reimagine what they needed from their homes. Many of us spent time and money transforming our spaces into something more livable and functional for working from home and homeschooling. Through the ups and downs of stay-at-home orders, new COVID variants, and several rounds of distance learning, we’ve learned the importance of designing and tweaking our homes to work for our particular family’s needs.

We continue to realize the importance of having a safe and comforting home space, and getting the most out of our homes. So now, over two years into our new reality, it’s time to go even further in leveling up our home designs from comfortable and stylish to something more fulfilling and sustaining—especially if you have kids.

With so much change and uncertainty, it’s important to promote fun and wellness at home—for kids and adults alike. While adults can be more self-directed, our children may need help discovering interests and developing hobbies they find fulfilling. That’s where family time can come in. Through increased, intentional time together, you can promote whole family wellness. And interior design can be a big help in ensuring family time happens!

We talked to families on our team to find out what changes they made to their own homes that have fostered quality time and encouraged creativity at home. (Some of these spaces are even great for when you need to distract your kids while you get other work done around the house!) We’re so excited about the room ideas we got—and we hope you are too.

Fun and Creative Activity and Craft Room Ideas

Ready to explore your creativity as a family? Below, you’ll find eight activity and craft room ideas for creating spaces that will keep your family happy and entertained.

1. A Kid-Friendly Cooking Corner

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Cooking is inevitable for any parent. And while bringing kids into the kitchen may create more work in the moment, growing a love for healthy meals and cooking whole foods is invaluable. So, why not create a kid-friendly cooking corner in your kitchen for your kids to safely explore culinary interests!

This is a great option because…

It’s a great bonding experience for you and your kids. It’s a way to give your kids hands-on experience in meal preparation and learn first-hand how joyful cooking can be. (It’s fun for kids to see where their food comes from!) They can also learn valuable skills—like how to peel, chop, and even read a recipe. Bonus: it’s a screen-free activity!

How to Design a Cooking Corner

To create a kid-friendly cooking corner, start by making sure you can create a safe space for them to help without risking injury. We like the idea of clearing off the kitchen island or dining nook table to offer a large-but-accessible surface. (Plus, this way, it doesn’t have to be a permanent kids cooking corner but it can just be set up when needed!) Pull chairs, stools, or kitchen helper stools up to your surface to make sure everything is within reach. Set out age-appropriate kitchen utensils (we love this little kitchen helper knife set!) so your kids can help with real tasks. And, since kids are always prone to messes, it helps to set out plastic or silicone mats, or water-resistant placemats, to protect surfaces and make clean-up easier.

2. A Shared Fitness Space

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Movement is key for kids and adults alike. Every kid needs to get out the wiggles at some point in the day. And designing a shared yoga or fitness space is the perfect place for this to happen when going outside isn’t an option. In a multifunctional exercise room, kids can burn some energy and you can sneak in a workout while keeping an eye on them!

This is a great option because…

By having a space where the whole family can move together, you can instill in your children the importance of movement and exercise—not only for physical health, but for mental health, too. Plus, it allows you, as a parent, to get in a workout without having to get up super early, stay up super late, or set your kids down in front of the TV. This is a great way for the whole family to blow off some steam and get active—which is especially nice when gyms are shut down or the weather is bad!

How to Design a Fitness Space

Create a space with age-appropriate exercise opportunities for everyone in the family. We love the idea of starting out with an open floor plan and laying down rubber floor tiles or gymnastics mats to make the space conducive to tumbling. Then, include family-friendly exercise equipment like yoga mats, small hand weights, and perhaps even some jump ropes! If you have the architecture to support it, you could even install a small climbing wall, gymnastics rings, or monkey bars! For easy organization, incorporate a shelf with bins or baskets so you can stow away equipment when it’s not in use. Check out our tips for how to design an at-home gym for more fitness room ideas!

3. A Craft Room for the Whole Family

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Everyone has creativity within them—but what each person in your family enjoys probably won’t be the same. Some people might like to draw and paint, others may prefer sculpture (or Play-Doh), while for others scrapbooking or quilting might be the activity of choice. By establishing a dedicated craft room, each family member can work on their preferred activity while sharing a space together.

This is a great option because…

It offers a space where the whole family can partake in arts and crafts activities without needing to be doing a singular activity. Parents can even work from a craft room while kids do creative activities! This is another way to make intentional space for screen-free activities and show your children the joy and stress relief found in doing something creative, with your hands. And having a dedicated space for these activities means your living or dining room won’t be overtaken every time your child wants to get their creative juices flowing!

How to Design a Craft Room

When exploring craft room ideas, start by making sure you have enough surface space for each family member to work on their own project. Create several workstations, and perhaps even intentionally designate spaces for art crafts vs. sewing vs. computer work. Consider having both desk and counter-height surfaces for different activities, and opt for surface materials that are durable and easy to clean. (After all, paint spills and marker stains are inevitable with kids!) And, of course, craft room organization is key! Incorporate plenty of storage space so that craft supplies can stay organized and the space doesn’t feel cluttered or chaotic.

 

4. A Game Room

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Is your family into board games or card games, perhaps a game room is what your family would enjoy the most. This gives you a dedicated space for the whole family to play games together—and even allows you to leave multiplayer or world-building tabletop games up for days at a time. This is also a great area for families who like working on puzzles together!

This is a great option because…

Games and puzzles are great ways to have family bonding time without electronic devices. More than just sharing a space and doing your own thing, family game nights bring everyone together for a designated activity. This is great for families with kids of all ages—and you can simply adjust the games you play as your kids get older!

How to Design a Game Room

We already wrote a whole blog about our best tips for designing a game room. But we’ll give you a quick recap of our game room ideas here! To design a game room, you’ll want a surface that everyone can access and gather around, like a coffee or dining table. Especially if you enjoy longer, more involved games, you’ll want adequate lighting and comfortable seating. Since the most essential part of a game room is a table and chairs, this doesn’t even need to be a separate room; it could be a table in the corner of a living room or family room—or you could even simply transform your dining room for family game nights! Regardless of where this takes place, it’s nice to have storage space for board games, puzzles, and gaming supplies to keep things organized.

5. A Music Room or Corner

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Is your family on its way to becoming the next VonTrapp Family Singers or the Jackson 5? For families where music plays a large role, it’s nice to have a room designated for music. Explore music room ideas (or just a music corner!) to give you a dedicated space to store and play musical instruments, listen to music, and enjoy that vinyl collection.

This is a great option because…

Playing instruments is great for brain development in children, and learning to read music is an incredible life skill. And we love that people of all ages can learn to play a new instrument, making this an ageless activity! Plus, music in general is something that anyone can enjoy, whether they play an instrument or not.

How to Design a Music Room

When designing a music room, start by establishing a home for musical instruments. Include a storage cabinet or shelving to store sheet music and record collections, and make sure you have adequate lighting and seating for those who want to listen. You may also want to consider acoustics and environment—two major considerations when figuring out where to place a piano in your home.

6. An At-Home Library or Reading Area

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Are you a family that loves to read? Create a space with comfortable seating and storage for books so everyone can enjoy their book. There’s something strangely comforting about the silent togetherness about reading your own book in the same room as another person engrossed in their own book!

This is a great option because…

Reading is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages! It develops your brain and vocabulary, activates creativity, and creates a space for healthy escape on difficult days. A cozy reading room is a great way to instill and develop a love of reading in your children—plus, it offers the ideal place to spend an afternoon on a day when the weather is crummy! (And it’s another screen-free activity!)

How to Design a Family Reading Space

This is another activity room that doesn’t necessarily need its own separate room. You can keep a reading area smaller—think: a comfy reading nook with just two chairs in the corner of a bedroom or living room. Or, you can transform your living room into a more dedicated space for reading. However large or small, just make sure to include comfortable seating for multiple people—whether a sectional sofa or a couple of individual cozy chairs. Good lighting is also a must, so that no one strains their eyes. And this is also the perfect space in your home to install some wall-to-wall shelving to house your library of books! What not to include? A TV. You don’t want a TV to become a distraction in a space dedicated to reading. Want to get really creative with your reading room ideas? Use your favorite book as inspiration and match your reading nook to the book!

7. A Media Room

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Not all family activities need to be screen-free. After all, sometimes it’s nice to just cozy up and watch a movie together as a family! If you have a TV in your living room, you don’t necessarily need to create a separate space for family movie nights. But if your living room is more formal or screen-free, a dedicated media room can be a fun and cozy way option.

This is a great option because…

It’s nice to have a space where the whole family can gather and be comfortable. Whether you love family movie nights or enjoy watching sports as a family, a media room gives you the perfect space to gather, hang out, and be a little more casual than other parts of your home.

How to Design a Media Room

Create a cozy space facing a TV, and make sure there’s ample seating for everyone. Sectionals are a great choice for media rooms, as they offer extra seating and space for lounging. It’s also nice to have moveable accent tables for drinks and snacks, as well as ottomans so people can kick up their feet and get comfortable. Also necessary: plenty of pillows and blankets! It’s ideal to have dimmable lighting so you can create the exact mood and atmosphere you’d prefer.

8. An Outdoor Family Space

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It’s always good to get outside. And if your yard allows it, it’s so nice to have a dedicated outdoor family space for outdoor meals, yard games, and campfires. There’s just something so rejuvenating about fresh air and family time!

This is a great option because…

With so much of the past two years spent indoors, it’s so good to spend time outside, even if it’s just in your own yard. Making your yard feel special and intentional is a great way to ensure you’ll make use of it more often.

How to Design an Outdoor Space

Paved patios or decks are a great starting point for outdoor family spaces—but they aren’t absolutely necessary. Set up a spot in the yard for family meals—either a picnic table in the grass, a table on the patio, or a blanket laid out on the lawn for more of a picnic feel! Depending on what your space allows, you could also set up yard games—like croquet, cornhole, badminton, or bocce ball. Consider a fire pit or building out a full campfire ring for cozy evenings outdoors (complete with s’mores, of course!). Or, if a fire isn’t an option, hang up strings of cafe lights to create some cozy ambiance.

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Family Room Design: 14 Cozy Family Room Decorating Ideas

Ah, family rooms. Undoubtedly, it’s the most casual and comfy space in any home for the whole family (yes, even pets!) to gather, relax, and lounge out. It’s the happy medium between formal living room and media room, where conversation and movie marathons all take place. It’s also the busiest space where children, for the most part, have free reign.

With all that in mind, it’s also easy to see why it can be a challenge decorating a family room. There needs to be a balance of function and style, from making sure there’s practical storage to having a TV setup that isn’t a complete eyesore. There often needs to be kid-friendly designs also. And most important, there needs to be big, comfortable seating, because the family room is designed to be used every day.

The Difference Between Living Room vs. Family Room

Before we dive in further, you may be wondering what’s the difference between a living room and a family room. For the most part, the terms are interchangeable today, but they ultimately do refer to different spaces.

First, the living room is commonly seen as a more elevated, formal space, while the family room is a cozier and informal gathering spot. Second, the living room is usually located in the front of the home, to welcome guests, while the family room is often more tucked away, either closer to the back of the house or in a basement. And finally, while some homes have both these spaces, others only have one main living area, in which case, it tends to be used more like a family room.

Either way, there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to decorating. Just be sure to decide how you want to use your space, and follow your design instincts!

Now to help you design a space that’s right for you and your squad, we’ve rounded up our best family room decorating ideas from our designers. Find out below!

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1. Prioritize Comfy Seating

Casual and comfortable seating that’s no frills and easy to clean is key to a functional family room. It’s similar to any living room furniture except you want to opt for larger scale pieces with comfy proportions that invite the whole family to lounge and spend time together in the space. Plus, family rooms often have media, so you want the most comfortable seating for watching TV and movies. Think a wide sectional with the chaise and ottoman, extra poufs, and plush side chairs or reclining armchairs. It’s all about creating a homey and welcoming environment.

Because it’s a space that gets a lot of use, especially if there are kids, having upholstered furniture in durable fabrics is essential. You’ll want to look for performance materials that are stain resistant and easy to clean, slipcovers you can toss into the wash, and quality leather that can stand up to wear over time.

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2. Center Seating Around Technology

If the family room is primarily used for watching TV and movies, arrange your seating around the media area for ease. By centering your main seating with your TV, it optimizes the space with a family friendly layout that’s designed for practical everyday use.

Additionally, just because the TV is centered in the room doesn’t mean that it has to look like an electronics focused space. Add a media console that elevates the look of your TV or if you’re pressed for space, hang a flatscreen on your wall and surround it with cool art for a more balanced look.

Check out our TV viewing layouts for other family room decorating ideas that seamlessly incorporate media.

 

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3. Make It Personal

A family room is a ‘family’ space, so it should feel personal and not overly prescriptive or precious. Adding personal touches will help make your family room feel more inviting while still keeping an elevated look and serving all your practical daily needs.

Consider incorporating family photos, mementos from travels, and even artwork and crafts from the kids. Some tried-and-true family room decorating ideas like a gallery wall of black-and-white personal photos or a bookcase filled with favorite heirlooms and objects are always guaranteed to bring a touch of personality and flair.

If you’re at a loss for family room ideas that feel ‘you’, you can always start by adding a few of your favorite books, a few plants, or a grouping of small accents on a tray on the coffee table.

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4. Create Spaces for the Whole Fam

The family room is meant to be a gathering spot for everyone in the house, including the kids and pets. So it’s important to factor in every person’s needs for the most family friendly space.

Consider different areas for each person when everyone uses the space at the same time. You don’t want everyone competing for the best spot on the sectional, so be sure to have several comfy spots for lounging.

That means taking into consideration how each family member would use the space—which can be a cozy reading chair for dad, a place for books for mom, a play area for the kids or the perfect corner for a pet bed for Fido (also see: pet-friendly design tips.) And if your family room functions as a multipurpose space for homeschooling or computer games, be sure to carve out spaces for those too.

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5. Pile on Layers of Comfort

You can never have too many pillows and throw blankets in the family room. After all, it always comes down to extra layers of comfort that can be shared by everyone in the family room.

Beyond comfort, layering pillows not only adds style and pattern, it also brings texture and warmth to your seating area. Try starting with a mix of three to five pillows for your sectional, then add in one or two throw blankets at each end. You can also take it one step further with a basket full of throw blankets for guests or for when the whole family piles onto the sectional for a movie night.

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6. Kid Proof With Soft Edges

When it comes to kid friendly family room decorating ideas, proofing your space with furniture that have rounded edges and soft surfaces is top priority.

Look for upholstered ottomans and curvy chairs that don’t have sharp corners, and pad the floor with cozy rugs that are gentle on the feet and soft enough for little ones to crawl and lay out on. This keeps the family room safe for babies, toddlers, and kids across all ages to comfortably lounge and play.

Need help finding the right pieces for your family room? Take a peek at our top picks for kid-friendly coffee tables and the best rugs for kids and pets.

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7. Set Up a Fun Zone

In a busy household with children, you can make the most of your family room by carving out a kid-friendly play space for games, crafts, and even homework. It’s one of the most practical multipurpose family room ideas, because it doubles the function of the space and provides a perfect setup that lets you keep an eye on the kids while relaxing.

How you decorate your kids’ fun zone is up to you. You can try adding some playroom elements to start, like a kids table, easel or toy chest if your kids are too young for family games. And you can ground it all with a soft rug that they can comfortably play on. You can find more inspiring ideas with our kid-friendly design tips.

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8. Don’t Shy From Color

Most family room ideas revolve around practical neutral furniture. But we’re here to encourage the opposite. Make it a point to liven up your family room with colorful accents, such as a patterned rug, bright pillows, vibrant accent chairs and poufs, and eye-catching art.

In a room where functionality is often the focus, having bursts of color and pattern is the quickest way to add personality and style. And if you’re worried about having too much color, just remember you can always swap out these small accents each season with new shades or neutrals. And if neutral is your go-to palette, you can still add texture and depth with textiles, which will have the same warming effect as colors.

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9. Add Playful Accent Furniture

Beyond functional family room ideas, leave room to have a little fun with your design of the space. Playful accent furniture, like a casual hanging chair, pretty patterned poufs on the floor or a stylish home bar cabinet, make for unexpected touches that instantly liven up a family room. These also help set your space up for casual hangouts, no matter the occasion. If kids or teenagers use the family room to hang with friends, these will ensure you have a space that’s fun, functional, and relaxing to hang out in.

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10. Carve out a Reading Nook

Give yourself a cozy place to sit and read in the family room. You can easily create a reading nook by adding an armchair in a corner or alongside a bookcase. Just be sure to round out your reading space with other accents, like a side table, floor lamp, and a throw pillow and blanket.

For those days when you just want to curl up with a good book instead of tuning into a show, a cozy reading nook can feel like the most comforting hideaway. And when it comes to family room ideas that are stylish, functional, and inspire a bit of escapism, none come close to a reading nook with a deep armchair designed for hours of comfy lounging.

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11. Bring in the Extra Seating

There’s no better use for poufs, benches, and comfy ottomans than in a family room setting. They provide extra seating around the space for entertainment, but they can also conveniently work as footrests and impromptu surfaces.

The best part is that they all make for moveable seating that can be pushed off to the side or pulled in for use in the family room at any time. If you’re pressed for space, you can also try using poufs and benches in place of a coffee table. Versatility is what makes sets these hardworking accent seats apart!

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12. Consider Curtains for Light

How comfortable your family room feels also depends on how much light it gets. The best way to control the light in your space is to hang curtains on all your family room windows.

Try adding layered window treatments, like blinds that filter in some rays when you want a little natural light shining through. Or if you prefer less light because your windows face the sun during the day, blackout curtains will do the trick nicely. Plus, nothing is more frustrating than trying to watch a movie and light from the windows create a glare that makes it impossible to see anything on the screen. Having curtains that are just thick enough to block out a good amount of light will help; and the same heavy curtains will also provide a warmer look in your space at night.

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13. Keep Surfaces Within Reach With Accent Tables

Don’t forget to also bring in small surfaces to go in your seating area. Accent tables, like poufs and ottomans, are workhorses in a family room. They’re perfect surfaces for holding snacks, drinks, remotes, books, and even a vase of flowers. And best of all, they’re highly functional, moveable, and don’t take up a ton of floor space.

While you don’t need half a dozen small tables crowding up your family room, you do want at least two or three mini ones that you can easily pull up next to your sofa or side chairs. Consider small end tables, like C-tables, nesting rounds or a small drinks table, to ensure there are plenty of surfaces where you can set things down.

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14. Make Room for Big Storage

Out of all our practical family room ideas, having a large closed storage piece ranks second only to comfortable seating. Whether it’s a sideboard that doubles as a media stand or a console cabinet that also serves as your home bar, a piece with ample storage will help keep your family room organized and clutter free.

For instance, a cabinet under your TV is the best place to store all your wires and electronics, while also providing room for extra books, throws, candles, and other living room essentials. And in a busy space like the family room, you’ll love having closed storage that keeps all the little things out of sight. If you’re struggling to find the right piece, we’ve rounded up the best home storage to get your started.

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3 Ways to Design a Fun and Functional Basement Family Room

For most of us, the first ideas for basements that come to mind often involve turning it into a laundry room, a media and game room, or some sort of multipurpose space that has a little bit of everything—a big sofa, a TV, substantial storage pieces, maybe even a pool table. And more often than not, it results in a room that’s all function and not exactly warm and inviting.

We get it. Many basements tend to have awkward room shapes, small windows, and low ceilings to contend with. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be transformed into a fun and functional gathering spot where the whole family can hang out and relax in comfort. In fact, with a few clever interior design ideas, basements can actually make for the perfect family room in a home.

Here, we’re providing you with 3 stylish and functional basement family room ideas along with useful tips for translating each look for your home. Find out more below!

Basement Idea #1: The Kid-Friendly Den

In this kid-friendly design layout, the basement design focus is a spacious family room that also accommodates young kids. We established two zones that include a tepee for a children’s play area as well as a large sectional that defines a gathering spot for the entire family. Here, it’s all about a communal space for relaxing that works for adults and kids alike.

An open floor plan maximizes space for spreading out:

For a family room that works for both adults and young children, an open layout that leaves tons of walking room for everyone all around is key. By clearly defining the main lounging area from the kids zone, this layout lets parents keep an eye on the little ones while they kick back or watch TV in the seating area.

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Family-friendly furniture adds to the functions of the room:

A large soft sectional paired with a round coffee table are key to keeping this room kid-proofed and safe for energetic children. The sectional also provides the ideal spot for snuggling up for family movie nights. Pull in an overarching floor lamp for a stylish and sturdy lighting source that’s perfect for storytime.

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Kids are given their own distinctive space:

You know we’re big fans of family rooms that pull double-duty as playspaces for kids. One of our favorite ways to kid-zone a living space is to set up a play tent off to the side of a room to clearly define an area that’s all theirs. The bonus is that you can also easily use it to store stuffed toys, games, and books when it’s not in use for a quick solve that keeps everyday clutter contained.

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Basement Idea #2: The Media Hub

With this layout, there’s a more elevated look and feel that’s tailored to movie-watching and entertainment. In terms of tried-and-true basement ideas that maximize space, this one does so with style to spare. Like many TV viewing layout ideas, this design emphasizes comfy seating and big storage for electronics, games, books, and everything family-room oriented.

basement family room ideasThe layout maximizes every corner for use:

The beauty of this basement design is that no square-footage is left unused. From the major shelving unit to the cleverly positioned floor lamp to the seating area that’s topped with a series of mirrors that open up the room even more. It’s about making the most of the length of the room to free up more walking space all around.

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There’s plenty of storage for beyond the room:

With a built-in shelving unit that spans an entire wall, there’s more than enough storage to accommodate all the needs of the family room and beyond. It’s a storage and entertainment center that’s an investment piece, but it gives you everything you need—a display case for books and favorite objects that’s also a cabinet that lets you conceal bigger items and clutter.

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A seating arrangement that’s made for entertainment:

The more formal leather sofa paired and the swivel side chair anchor the seating area while still leaving lots of breathing room around it. While the furnishings are less kid-friendly, they add up to a comfy gathering spot. An ottoman footstool also easily doubles as another seat as needed.

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A corner workstation makes this a triple-function space:

This quiet workspace anchored by a desk and Mid-Century-style chair adds another layer of function to the already practical room. This is an easy way to create an occasional office for wrapping up some quick emails, catching up on mail or even playing computer games.

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Basement Idea #3: The Rec Zone

If you already have a family room in the home, this game room basement design is the perfect complement to it. Think of this as the ultimate entertainment space that combines everything from the previous two layouts and then some. There’s a TV-watching lounge area that’s perfect for adults and kids alike as well as a bar area where people can gather and unwind with a drink.

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The sectional placement creates two functional areas:

With any other layout, choosing a sectional or sofa is totally up to you. But for this game room, a sectional is key since it also serves as a room divider that sets apart your conversational lounge area from your entertaining bar space. The result is two functional zones that feel distinct from each other but still appear visually cohesive in the room.

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Even the small accessories are about function:

Every accent counts when you’re working with a space that has multiple functions. Here, the versatile round coffee table allows for more walking room and baskets are totable storage pieces that can corral extra blankets and even toys if you have kids. Also look for accent furniture like a side table with a built-in lamp that adds both function and unique style.

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You get more out of not having a full built-in bar:

To keep the room’s layout free-flow and feeling airy and open, a bar cart is a moveable option that’s both space-saving and storage-friendly. You can easily tuck it into a corner for drinks or, when hosting game day parties, pull it into the lounge area as needed.

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Consoles give you an actual bar feel:

One way to up the look and feel of your bar entertainment area is to pull up matching consoles behind your sectional back. This creates an instant counter that you can stash bar stools under for a real bar vibe. This also sets up your bar space with a ledge that allows guests to comfortably watch a game or a movie while enjoying a drink.

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My Modsy Story: Taking the E-Design Leap of Faith For My Basement Turned Family Room

basement family roomZack S. was at a loss when it came to transforming his large empty basement into a functional family room. See how we helped him complete the space once and for all.

 

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Homeowner: Zack S, Computer Whiz

Location: North Salt Lake, Utah

Room: Blank Slate Basement Family Room

His Style: Discerning Collector

The Backstory

Finding the perfect family home with a blank slate basement, ready to be decorated

When we first toured our house, it was completely empty. It has a huge basement and we knew from the moment we saw it that it would be our family room. We also knew that we wanted to make it a beautiful space where our kids could play and we could relax — all with budget in mind, of course.

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Zack’s Basement Family Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Struggling to visualize how an unusually large space could be family and pet-friendly

Our basement was truly a blank slate and it proved to be a real design challenge. We simply had no sense of what furniture to purchase or how we would arrange it in such an enormous space.

Also, we have two young daughters and two insanely hyper dogs, so we wanted everything to be as functional and destruction-proof as possible.

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The Modsy Moment

Trusting a friend’s word to take the e-design leap of faith

I told a friend we were renovating our basement family room and that I had no idea where to begin with decorating it. He recommended Modsy, so I looked into it. The more I learned about how it worked, the more intrigued I became!

So finally, I decide to give it a go.

A word of advice on getting started with Modsy: It’s super important that your Modsy designer has your exact room dimensions, so get ready to measure. If you can provide them with a floor plan (even a hand-drawn one), even better!

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How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Zack

Seeing the multipurpose potential of his large basement family room– with furniture he loved!

We were totally blown away when we got our designs back. The attention to detail was crazy. I had no idea the 3D renderings would be so accurate — they captured everything right down to the tiny motion detectors we have in our basement!

I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t sure if Modsy would be able to design a space that truly catered to my design preferences since it felt like there were so many unknowns that our Modsy designer was working with. But I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 1

In particular, Modsy’s designs really helped us envision how a large room like ours could have multiple entertainment spaces. Our designer did a great job separating the TV area from the kids activities area while still keeping the room flowing in a way that made sense.

Our second Modsy design was awesome, and ultimately it was the design we went with. Modsy really hit the nail on the head with it.

We loved how there was a sit-down space for our kids to create beautiful art and finish homework. We also really enjoyed the seating area setup with a comfy sectional that will allow us to watch TV and play games as a family.


basement family room

basement family room

The Real Results

Shopping has never been this easy

Since we got our Modsy designs back, we’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested in our second design. Seeing exactly how things would look in the space was a game-changer for us. It made all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

We’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested … Seeing exactly how things would look in the space [made] all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 2

Designing our basement family room from scratch felt like such an immense undertaking. We were at such a loss in the beginning. I feel like Modsy truly helped us make the best use of the space we had. And I love how our designer introduced us to some new ways to use the space that we hadn’t considered before.

Going forward, I couldn’t imagine decorating another room without Modsy’s 3D renderings.

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