Post # 1
We have a traditional colonial style house, so it has a living room and a ‘formal’ living room. We have absolutely NO use for this room, but obviously it’s going to stay where it is. It is right off of the entry to our house, and I think having an empty room looks spectacularly silly. What do other people do with theirs? I need ideas!! It is a fairly large room and connected to the dining room. We’ve lived in small apartments for the last six years so the room has no furniture and is a complete blank slate.
Post # 3
My parents use theirs for my Dad’s office.
My inlaws use it as a formal living room, which is kind of a waste of space I think. Its only used on large holidays when they need the extra seating.
Do you have any hobbies that you could turn it into a hobby room? Crafts or music?
Post # 4
Could you do some french door there and turn it into a gym? Or office? We have a bonus living area, and my husband works from home, so it’s his office. If he didn’t work from home, we’d probably put an elliptical and free weights, etc in it. You could also use it as a bonus play area if you have kids?
Post # 5
Growing up we had two living rooms it was odd, but one was the fancy room for guests and one we could destroy lol Later though we put in tile and made the destroy room the large formal dining room and the formal living room the regular living room.
Post # 6
I’ve also seen that room used as an office/study. You could put french doors in and turn it into an awesome library.
Post # 7
Most people use it as the formal living room to “entertain” with the nicer living room furniture that no one sits on except guests. If you go this route, please don’t put plastic on any of it! LOL
Post # 8
We have our living room, a sun room, and a formal dining room, and living room….one was turning into a playroom for our daughter, one is still empty but will be my office when we finish redoing out basement.
Our basement is the same size as our upstairs so we made one room the gym, one is the family room, one is where the pool table will go and one is empty just like upstairs. I think offic/study and playrooms are the most common
Post # 9
Thanks for the ideas, ladies! We don’t have kids yet. Upstairs we have a guest room and office/craft room and downstairs we have a gym. Originally, I wanted to put the office in the living room and have one of the bedrooms a nursery in the near future, that would solve my problems! Guess the only logical option is to have a baby! Now just to convince DH….
Post # 10
@bluefrog33: I promise, no plastic!
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
We originally had all our nice stff in the formal living room, then realized that the only ones who used it were the dogs since it’s in front of the house and they can look out the windows. This also has the effect of making it not-so-nice since it’s always furry. So we’re turning it into a formal dining room, which we will actually use a few times a year. We have an eat-in kitchen but no separate dining room which I really wanted… two birds, one stone.
Post # 12
Both my and FH’s childhood homes had a family room, formal living room, and dining room. The dining room and living rooms were “adult” rooms or special occasion rooms, while the family room is where we watched tv and put our feet up. My parents have since downsized, but FH’s parents have turned their formal living room into an office with French doors.
Post # 13
So I’ve been looking through houses and I’ve been thinking about this same issue!
Post # 14
@letigre: this is how my parents’ houses growing up were.
my grandparents have an upstairs living room on the main floor, and then one in their walkout basement. the one in the basement is where the woodstove is, and where they have their piano and all of the nicknacks from their travels and all that.
if we have a house with a second living room, unless it’s on another floor, it’ll probably be used as an office. if it’s on another floor, it’ll turn into a den/lounge-ish room.
Post # 15
In my parents area most of the houses have a living room and what we called a family room. The living rooms were adjacent to the dining rooms and my parents kept there’s as the adults area, and we were allowed in there to sit and talk to people, but couldn’t play there. The family room is where we hung out, watched tv, didn’t need to worry if our clothes were a little dusty from the park before sitting on the couch, etc. I don’t picture it as 2 living rooms.
Now we have a living room and a bonus room. The bonus room is used like my parents’ family room.
Post # 16
This is such a good post.
We just bought a 5 bedroom house. There are 3 guest bedrooms, and 2 master bedrooms. There is also a living room with connected dining room (just one big room really), and an office AND a breakfast room/front room off the kitchen.
It is truly an enormous house!!! I have no idea what to do with all these rooms since it’s just the 2 of us living here!!!