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How to Set Up a Family Sunroom to Die For

13th Nov 2013

In many households, the sunroom is a center of family activity. And rightly so — when done right, it’s beautiful transitional space that’s both indoors and outdoors at the same time. When attached to a porch or a patio, your sunroom becomes the perfect place for all sorts of social familial functions, from barbecues to pool parties. As such, here are a few tips for setting up your family sunroom in a way that is just to die for.

Take Full Advantage of Natural Lighting

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The main asset of your sunroom, of course, is right there in the name: the sun. You’ll want to set it up in such a way that you are taking full advantage of the room’s natural lighting. Make sure to clear any shrubbery and trim any branches that might impede the flow of light into your sunroom.

And if your family likes to use the sunroom as an entertainment zone, you could consider some of the various non-glare TVs that are currently on the market. Not only will this expand the functionality of the room, but it will also keep you from having to draw the shades in favor of entertainment.

Make it Serene Yet Functional

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“Serenity” and “functionality” are two key watchwords when it comes to optimizing your sunroom for family use. Not only will this area be ideal for congregating with the rest of the fam, it can also be a personal sanctuary where you can steal some quiet moments for yourself or with your significant other.

As such, you may want to look at strategically placing plants and arranging furniture in a way that offers the best vantage point of the backyard. Putting plants in your sunroom is also great thematically, because it creates an aesthetic that reinforces your sunroom’s role as a transitional area between outdoor and indoor areas.

Wicker is Where it’s At

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With many sunrooms, wicker furniture is often the way to roll. This is particularly true if the sunroom in question is less of a traditional sunroom and more of a screened-in porch space where your furniture is more vulnerable to the weather. If your sunroom is completely encased in glass, however, you could easily flip the script and fill it with all sorts of designer furniture to really make the space pop.

In case you do opt to go this route, though, you’ll want to make sure the furniture is fairly sturdy — particularly if you have young children or rambunctious pets. After all, easy access to the outdoors means that your little ones (whether they have fur or not) will likely be tracking all kinds of stuff into this room from your backyard.

Ceiling Fans Keep the Air Moving

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Having an overhead fan for your sunroom can be vital for a few reasons. The fan (or fans) can be crucial for providing much-needed airflow and ventilation into the room as it becomes heated from the sun. This is particularly important if you have young children or infants, who can quickly become overheated. It’s also useful to have this during the summertime; if your family spends most of its time in the sunroom with the windows open and the fan going, you can save a ton of cash on energy costs.

Follow these four tips, and you’ll have a sunroom to die for in no time. Not only will you be the envy of friends and neighbors alike, but your family will have a space that it can enjoy for years and years to come. Have you set up a killer sunroom for your home? What tips and tricks do you think should be added to this list?

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