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What Do I Do With Two Living Rooms?

Castlery|Jun 03, 2024

Having dual living rooms is a bonus and a golden opportunity for innovation and creativity! With two living rooms at your disposal, the possibilities for personalisation and functionality are endless. 

If you’re wondering what you can do with the extra space, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you're a social butterfly, a family-oriented individual, or someone in between, we've got you covered with a plethora of ideas to make the most out of your second living room.

For the socialites

If you're the type who loves to entertain guests and host gatherings, your second living room can become the ultimate hub for socialising. Here are some ideas to consider:

Inviting dining area

Transform a section of your second living room into a cosy dining space for hosting where you can have meals and conversation. This setup allows for seamless transition from pre-dinner drinks to a sit-down meal without having to leave the entertaining space.

As the centrepiece of your dining area will be the dining table, so it's essential to choose one that suits the size and style of your space. Consider factors such as the number of people you typically host for meals and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. 

Rectangular or round dining tables are versatile options that can accommodate varying group sizes, while extendable tables offer flexibility for larger gatherings. Pair the table with chairs that are both comfortable and stylish, ensuring they complement the design of the room.

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Game and boardgame corner

Create a dedicated space for games like pool, foosball, or a classic board game setup. Opt for a spacious coffee table so you have plenty of space to lay out your board games and snacks; or coffee tables that come with storage so you can store cards and other accessories.

Arrange comfortable chairs or bar stools around the game table for players to sit comfortably during gaming sessions.

Conversation nooks

Other than playing games, a big part of hosting is also having intimate conversations with friends and family. If you already have an entertainment area set up, take this chance to create a separate cosy conversation corner.

Choose plush sofas, armchairs, and a side table that invite relaxation and encourage guests to linger. Consider setting up this nook from the entertainment space to create a quiet and relaxing ambiance.

A person standing over an oval dining table.

@hannahshappyhome creates an inviting and cosy dining space with the the Brighton Oval Dining Table and Austen Chairs Set.

A sofa and an ottoman in a living room with a round coffee table and a board game atop.

The Seb Round Coffee Table provides a smooth flat surface that’s perfect for board games! Picture credits: @rachelkathleenhome

A person placing a vase of flowers down on a wooden coffee table.

For the families

If you have a growing family or love spending quality time with your loved ones, your second living room can serve as a versatile space for both relaxation and play. Here are some family-friendly ideas:

Play area

Designate a corner of the room for kids' activities with a play mat, toy storage bins, and a small table for arts and crafts. This allows children to have their own space to play while adults can relax nearby.

You can also turn a section of this play area into a reading corner for your child. Set up the space with bookshelves, a reading chair, and soft lighting. Use plush area rugs on the floor to provide a softer ground for your kids.

If you have a fur kid, you can use this space to keep their crates, and use sideboards or shelves to store their chew toys and treats.

Home theatre setup

For family nights in, create a cosy home theatre experience with a large high-definition TV or a projector. Select seating options that provide ample support and relaxation, such as oversized sofas, reclining chairs, or bean bags. 

Arrange the seating in clusters or in a u-shape to optimise viewing and also maintain a more intimate setting with the family. Opt for sofa organisers or armrest tables to hold snacks, drinks, and remotes for added convenience.

Don’t forget to add throw blankets and cushions for maximum comfort!

Create a comfy reading spot for your kid with the Amber Bouclé Swivel Chair with Kit Bouclé Stool. Picture credits: @homeandkind

A boy sitting on a bouclé swivel chair reading a book.
A play area and a wool area rug with a geometric design.

@ourpnw_home creates a children’s play area by the window. Pictured: The Lorenzo Wool Area Rug.

For the workaholics

If you find yourself bringing work home or needing a space to focus and be productive, your second living room can double as a home office or study. Here are some ideas tailored for the work-oriented:

Home office setup

Create a functional workspace where you can focus on work tasks, attend virtual meetings, or pursue personal projects.

Choose a desk that offers ample surface area for your work activities, whether it's a spacious L-shaped desk for multitasking or a sleek writing desk for focused work. Pair the desk with an office chair that provides proper support and promotes good posture during long hours of sitting. 

Consider installing storage solutions like cabinets or bookcases for office supplies and stationary. 

Incorporate proper lighting fixtures to illuminate your home office and reduce eye strain. Supplement natural light with floor lamps or desk lamps to provide focused illumination. 

Inspiration corner

If you find yourself often immersed in work for extended periods, which can lead to burnout or a lack of motivation over time, designate a corner of the room as an inspiration zone. 

Place a bulletin board or gallery wall to display quotes, photos, or motivational images. Incorporate plants and other greenery in the space too. Surround yourself with things that inspire creativity and productivity, giving yourself a mental break so you can come back to your tasks with renewed focus and energy.

The Paloma Bouclé Armchair provides the perfect spot for study or work. Picture credits: @threebirdsrenovations

An armchair placed in a corner of the room with a curvy built in table.
A person sitting on a white bouclé armchair at a wooden desk.

@koshimbetova creates a minimal work desk with the Paloma Bouclé Armchair and Seb Desk.

For the Zen seekers

If you crave a serene and tranquil space to unwind and recharge, make use of your second living room to create a personal sanctuary. Here are some ideas for creating a peaceful retreat:

Exercise and meditation space

Clear out the room and create an open space for exercise or meditation. Add soft floor cushions, a yoga mat, and calming decor elements like candles or incense to promote relaxation and mindfulness. You could also bring in some gym equipment like weights or even a treadmill.

Ensure that there’s ample space around your activity area to prevent any accidents or injuries when exercising.

Indoor garden oasis

Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating plants and greenery into your second living room. Create a mini indoor garden with potted plants, hanging planters, and a small water feature to create a soothing natural ambiance.

Relaxation zone

Design a cosy corner with a comfortable chaise lounge or hammock, soft blankets, and plush pillows. This cosy retreat also offers the perfect escape for literary enthusiasts or those seeking a moment of solitude.

A person doing yoga in the middle of the living room.

Ensure sufficient space in your exercise area, like @jacylnchan. Pictured: The Dawson Extended Sofa and Paloma Bouclé Armchair.

A person sitting on a white sofa in a living room.

With an indoor green oasis like @iamdennislim’s, there will always be breath of fresh air. Pictured: The Jonathan Sofa.

A low-slung armchair with a floor lamp and side table in a corner.

 The Sacha Performance Bouclé Armchair creates the perfect spot that allow you to sit back and relax. Picture credits: @withinwarmwalls

No matter your lifestyle or preferences, your second living room is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a space that reflects your personality and meets your needs. With a little creativity and imagination, you can make the most out of this extra square footage and enhance your home's functionality and enjoyment for years to come.

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