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Must-Have Family Room Furniture

10 Apr

Figuring out the essentials for your family room depends a bit on your needs. Here are some tips to ensure that you purchase all of the must-have family room furniture items for your home.

Buy a Great Sofa or Set of Chairs

The first piece of furniture that you should consider for a family room is a sofa. Whether you opt for a sectional, loveseat or chairs will depend on how much space you have. If you love to watch movies in the family room or you have small children, a sofa or sectional is likely a better option. However, if you want your family room to appear more formal, opt for chairs instead.

Choose an Entertainment Console

Your family room is not complete without an entertainment console. A TV stand with multiple drawers or compartments will help you to organize your family room and store all of the games, cables and other items that you need for leisure time at home.

You should also make sure that the option that you select is large enough to fit your TV. If you have a flat panel HDTV, you may prefer to mount the TV rather than place it directly on a stand. You should measure your TV and walls carefully to ensure that you will have adequate clearance for the TV after you have selected the stand.

Don’t Forget About the Smaller Furniture

End tables are helpful additions to your family room if you want to eat or drink as you relax. Consider buying two small end tables for the sides of the sofa. You can also set up an end table between two chairs if you are trying to decorate a family room that is smaller. For a relaxed style of lighting, you can consider placing small lamps on the end tables in order to increase the amount of light in the room if you want to read or relax on the couch.


Mimicking the Arts and Crafts Look On a Budget

25 Jul

The Arts and Crafts look is attractive to many homeowners but it has the reputation of being expensive to achieve in the home. Believe it or not, there are some ways you can create this look without breaking the bank.


Not all of us are artists. Stenciling does not require a lot of artistic skill. If you have a piece of furniture or a blank space on a wall for a border or similar, you can make or purchase inexpensive stencils in the Arts and Crafts style. These can be used many, many times and are almost always under $30. Besides that your main expense is paint. Stenciling can also be done to curtains, shades, and other textiles.


Linen is an affordable fabric that was often used in original Arts and Crafts homes. It can be used for stenciling for an even more authentic look. Just make sure to use good fabric paint.

Add Wood Furniture

Replacing furniture with its wood version can be expensive but if done one piece at a time, it can be very affordable. Start with a nice end table or something small and you will see what a huge difference it can make in the appearance of your home.


If you have a piece of furniture such as a chair or couch, it will likely save you money to have it reupholstered with cloth inspired by the Arts and Crafts style rather than buying an expensive reproduction. If a piece of furniture can be reupholstered, it makes it a much better value option if you like to change your decorating styles.

Add Simple Crafts to Furniture

Something as simple as a nice embroidered napkin can add a lot of character to a wooden end table. Or try your own hand at some simple crafts. Many areas have studios where you can paint your own pottery or learn a handicraft for an inexpensive price.