Second Living Room – What do you do with yours?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
3468 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
498 posts
Helper bee

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
855 posts
Busy bee

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 # 11
817 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
3215 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

So I’ve been looking through houses and I’ve been thinking about this same issue!

Post # 14
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
10572 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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!!!

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