Maximum Fun: Creating a Multipurpose Family Room

How to create a den that works for the whole family

By Kathy Barnes


When it comes to making your family room work for the whole family, you've got to create zones for each person's tasks or interests. Sometimes this is accomplished with your design plan and in how you arrange the room; other times it's by choosing multitasking furniture. With a few good ideas, you can expand the fun in—and function of—your family room.

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Problem: Kids' toys are everywhere.

Solution: Stylishly contain play stuff.

With family life comes a lot of clutter, but the right pieces of furniture can minimize the mess. Drawers and doors can corral toys when they're not in use, giving you a more sophisticated look when the room is tidy. Baskets, too, make smart stuff containers and are suitable for basically every room.

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by Christopher Coleman

Next Slide >> Problem: Grubby hands and feet make a mess.

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