Post # 1
Hello bees! Just wondering what some of you do with your second living room/family room. We just bought our first home together, it is quite bigger than the 900sq ft we’re used to lol. It’s an outdated colonial that we are remodeling..about 2,000 sq ft. But it has a larger living room in the front of house that we will set up with our sectional couch and tv. The family room is off the back of house next to the kitchen that has sliding door out to deck. We aren’t sure what to do with this room. Based off location of the room this would be more ideal for the tv and entertaining room.. however it is quite small and kind of awkward layout with doorways and fireplace. We do not want or need a formal sitting room. We like to entertain so we’re thinking of just putting another tv in there as a smaller second living room but that seems weird, like which one do we sit in haha 😂 We don’t want a library or office in there because of traffic to get to outside deck area… What are some ideas or things you have done with your second living space?!
Post # 2
All of the houses that I’ve been to like this always use the room off the kitchen as the living room/family room where they watch tv and hangout. The other room in the front of the house never gets used. Maybe you could post some pics so we can get an idea of the awkward layout.
Post # 3
We also have two living rooms. The one off the kitchen we use for the TV, the other one, which is actually larger is more of an entertaining room. We have a pool table, bar, record player and aquarium in there. Maybe you could set yours up similarly? Put a bar in there, card table, stereo, something like that.
Post # 4
we have a similar sized house and the previous owner made that second room a full bar (sink, keg line, the works) and we have kept it for now. I feel like it’s still a slightly awkward room because the middle is very open but we entertain a lot and it’s perfect for having people mingle. When we aren’t entertaining it’s a good spot to wrestle and play with our dog 😉
Post # 5
we had the same living room conundrum as you! The family room is massive so we put our sectional and chair in there. We also plan to put in a larger tv (70-80incher) and move the current one to the small living room. So both will be tv rooms and my DH can enjoy playing video games at his leisure. 😂
Post # 6
We don’t have two living rooms, but we do have a bedroom that basically serves as a second living room. It was initially used as a meditation room. It served that purpose for a while then turned into a relaxation room. Basically, our living room is a little more formal (we’re not very formal, so this is a stretch) and the other room is more comfortable. Might you be interested in a second living room that is more cozy, such as having lots of pillows and blankets for curling up and watching a movie?
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
We have a livingroom and a den in our condo. The living room has our ‘proper’ furnature, TV, Xbox and is where we do entertaining. The den has a TV in it too, and two small couches. My Father-In-Law (who lives with us) likes to hang out in there during the day. Our ultimate plan is to replace one of those couches with a pullout couch so it can double as a spare room.
I grew up in a house with two full living rooms. The main ‘living room’ was a ‘show room’ set up for recieving guests and entertaining. It had a fireplace, really nice furnature, my Mom’s china collection on display and was always kept IMMACULATE! My brother and I weren’t even allowed to play in there growing up. Our other living room AKA ‘The Family Room’ had our TV, toy storage and furnature designed to be comfy and lounge on.
Post # 8
We have 2 living rooms. One has a smaller (but still decent sized) TV and a couch. When it’s just me or during the week, we use this one. We also have another living space in our basement that’s fully finished. It has a larger, newer tv. My husband watches his sports form there and we also tend to watch movies on the weekends downstairs. He also plays video games down there. We tend to use the upstairs one more especially in winter since the basement is super cold. We also have a sunroom that we’re figuring out how to use. We don’t need a third living room but honestly don’t know what else to do so that’s what it may end up being.
Post # 9
My mom has 3 living rooms 😂 Her sunroom used to be the main living room but now it’s her dogs room. Her formal living room is right off the front door – it’s mostly a staged looking area with a couch and accent chair with a lot of photos and books. The third (main) room is the entertainment room with a huge tv, couches, pool table, DVD collection Etc.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the responses! So we eally like the idea of a a bar area!.. and so I didn’t really even think of this, we are planning on finishing the basement here probably next year.. so we will essentially have 3 living rooms! 😂 Ugh haha. I think we were planning on having the basement set up with bar area and giant tv.. hey we can have 2 bars right hahaha maybe more of a “formal bar” upstairs smaller area with wine and what not and small love seat etc… and the basement can have the actual sitting bar with sink everything more like a “game room” for watching sports
Post # 11
We have a California split house. So when you walk in there is a living room, and when you go down some stails we have the set up for another living room.
We have the main floor one set up as no TV, but we want to talk, lounge and hang out. Or we don’t want people we don’t know well coming right into our house.
Downstairs is the real living room with the tv, games, the real hangout veg room.
You could do something like that? No need to make it formal, it can still be cozy and comfortable.
Post # 12
Are you planning on having kids? Our second living area is now a playroom for our toddler. We just used it for storage before he came along, but I got pregnant right after we moved in so it didn’t stay that way for long. If I wasn’t planning on having kids, I definitely think I would have worked a bar in there somehow!
Post # 13
Our front room is set up as a game room (video games, pinball etc) and FIs home office. Back room near the kitchen has fireplace, tv, bigger/comfier sofas and it’s where the adults hang out 🙂
Post # 14
You said that you are remodeling…is it too late to knock down walls? Colonials are very popular in my part of the country, but they are not great for entertaining. The room in the front is usually used a s aformal sitting room and the next room behind it is usually the family room. Many people that have them have knocked down walls and/or created half walls between the rooms. knocking down the wall and reconfiguring the space will make the area more user friendly to suit your needs. It is often called a great-room. Thr frot becomes an office/bar or game area that is open to the TV/lounging area. A bar is usally created between the kitchen and family room with a half wall. Removing the walls really makes the space more open and you feel like you have more space. If you want to leave the walls up front room can be a mud room.
Post # 15
That sounds a lot like our layout and second living room. For the longest time, we had no idea what to do with it cause one wall had teh fireplace, the other a sliding door, another a large doorway to the kitchen, and the last one had a bench seat with bay window, so there was no where to anchor any furniture to. We just used it as my husbands “office” and then eventually put a soft love seat in it for a sitting area. The eventual plan was the kids play room.