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How to Choose Sunroom Furniture

Before you sign on the dotted line for delivery, think through your furniture needs to avoid disappointment and returns.

By Jan Soults Walker

You can hardly wait to soak up natural light and views in your beautiful new sunroom, but first, look through these ideas for pulling together seating areas and more.

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1. Evaluate your needs

Consider the activities that you want to happen in your sunroom and how many people will use the space—then select furnishings accordingly. Do you love to read? A sink-in-soft sofa or cozy club chair might be in order, plus you'll need a good lamp for nighttime reading. If you want to partake in al fresco-style meals, include a table and chairs so you can enjoy outdoor-style dining, rain or shine. Cushioned dining chairs can do double-duty as additional seating for a conversation area.

Also read our tips on How to Arrange Furniture.

2. Keep it tidy

Thinking through the people who will use the sunroom and the activities that will take place there will help you ensure there is ample, targeted storage. The sunroom might be the place for listening to music or watching movies, for example, so consider storage for media equipment (and don't forget a place for all those books and magazines). If you plan to use the sunroom for dining, you may want storage/display space for dishware and linens.

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3. Consider location

The setting for your sunroom matters, too. If it's near the pool, select outdoor fabrics to withstand wet bathing suits (as well as sand, if you're on the beach). For sunrooms that actually soak in lots of sun, fabrics—including those used in window treatments—should resist fading.

4. Plan before purchasing

The only way you can be certain that your desired furnishings will fit is to draw out a detailed plan. Graph paper simplifies plan drawing, or use a furniture/room layout app on your phone or computer. (Some furniture stores will draw out your room plan for you.) When drawing your plan, be sure to include the locations of all windows and doors. Have the dimensions of all the furnishings you're considering, then experiment with different arrangements to see how things fit.

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