How to Create a Flexible Family Living Space

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How to Create a Flexible Family Living Space

Living rooms are no longer just for relaxation. They have evolved into an area that serves many different uses, doubling up as a home office, spare bedroom, place to eat, catch up with family, entertain, video chat, relax and even workout.

With COVID changing the way we operate, the main living space in your home may have become cluttered and restrictive. The good news is, creating a multi-functional space is easier than you think. There are countless interior hacks and space-saving solutions our team of in-house designers have listed to help you create a stylish space that fulfils all your needs.

Think Layout

The layout you decide to use is integral to creating a space that works for you. In an open-plan room that connects to a dining area and kitchen, separate the space with a sofa to create a living area enclave. If you work from home, pop your desk behind the sofa, next to the closest door or better yet in the corner of a room, this will help you to separate your working area so you can switch off at the end of the day.

Another great idea is to use a bookcase to divide your living space into two areas. One side could be used for relaxing and the other for play/ dining or working out. When it comes to smaller spaces, position the sofas away from the wall but leave the inner area of the room open. This will make the space appear larger than it is. Remember you don’t have to be conventional, design the space around your needs.

Clever Furniture

The furniture you choose is key. Be clever with a sofa that has ample storage, converts into a bed, or pulls apart and becomes an end table, footrest or separate seats, like this one from IKEA.

Ottomans and footstalls are ideal for storing bed linen for sofa beds. Choose a strategic coffee table. Stylish multipurpose coffee tables make fantastic centrepieces that can be used for eating, working and socialising and for storage in smaller living areas.

Tall shelving units, on the other hand, can be used to neatly store books and paperwork and display houseplants and photos. If you work from home you can install floating shelves above the desk for extra storage or purchase one that is already comes with storage, like this one from Wayfair

Flexible Accessories

Look at where people congregate when in the room and add pouffes, cushions, throws, table lamps, coasters and grazing plates to that area to create a social space. All these items can all be removed or rearranged if the space is required for a different activity. Likewise, you can also purchase fold-up tables for working and eating, roll up yoga mats, and full-motion TV mounts so the TV can be directed to different areas of the room. A drinks trolley not only looks stylish but they are ideal for entertaining, moving around a room and of course storing your favourite drinks!

A Calm Palette

In a busy space, always opt for a softer palette. Mauve, dusky green, blue and lilac work great with grey and white and give more fluidity in a flexible space according to Jennifer Morgan, Interiors Editor at John Lewis. Consider day and night lighting as well as optimal lighting for workspaces and conducting video meetings. Tie the room together with a luxurious rug and create a calming atmosphere with plenty of greenery. Cleverly placed mirrors can also be used to make the space appear larger, artwork for splashes of colour and candles and scents for ambience.


Quick Tip – ‘’A bold wallpaper visually separates living from dining areas.’’

We hope with these tips you can create a space that is practical, organised, stylish and welcoming. A place you enjoy spending time no matter what you are doing.


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