How to Design a Multi-Purpose Living Room

   |   In Contemporary Design Techniques, Decorating Tips and Tricks, Living Room Design   |   27 August 2014, 06.00   |   comments: 0

Not everyone has a huge amount of living space in their homes. Many times, a living room has to be able to do more than just provide space for TV viewing. But creating an area that looks great while performing a variety of functions can be a bit tricky. Here are our suggestions for multiplying the ways you can use your living room in style!

Separate the Space

Although there is nothing wrong with keeping the living room one open space, you may want to create designated areas for various functions in order to provide a bit of privacy or incorporate utilitarian pieces that aren’t always stylish. Adding a pony wall, built-in shelving or even incorporating a contemporary screen, such as the Wave Vine screen, are all easy ways to separate the room.

Room for Media

In order to maximize the space in your living room, choosing pieces that accommodate more than one type of utility just makes sense.

Let’s start with the television set and related media devices. These items are not conducive to great design, but they are a necessary part of most living rooms. Tuck them all away in style by incorporating a gorgeous entertainment center that also has lots of storage and display room, such as this contemporary Gallante entertainment center. Although it is a big piece, the space required is worthwhile because it is very functional – and, well, it’s beautiful!

Then again, if you have a very limited amount of space, this ingenious Poppi Theater wall system from Clei is just the thing!  Not only does it accommodate a flat screen TV, it has lots of shelves for books, DVDs, curios and the like – in addition to hiding a comfy bed!

Furnishings that Do Double or Triple Duty

Of course, there are plenty more things you may need to do in your living room. If you need an extra table for eating, crafting or working, this Ulisse dining wall bed is the perfect solution.  It’s big enough to be very functional and even includes a wall bed ideal for accommodating overnight guests.

Although technically a buffet table meant for the dining room, a handsome piece like this Thomas Dark Walnut Buffet adds extra space for entertaining or crafting while stowing lots of items like games, videos, office supplies and more.

Don’t forget that seating pieces are also ideal for doing double duty. Storage ottomans can hold remote controls, coffee tables can store books or videos and the right accent chair can function as a comfy seat for watching TV or reading while providing support for laptop work. Add a clip-on table to a recliner and it makes the perfect spot for snacking or reading magazines on an eBook reader.

The possibilities for turning your living room into one space made for entertainment, work, play, crafting and so much more are nearly endless. Stop into either of our showrooms today for more ideas on maximizing your home’s living area.

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