We want to redo our LR & DR and make it a family room

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It's a long room. Should we keep it as one room or separate it
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 10, 2014
    Keep it as is and use furniture and rugs to define the areas before you decide to "remake" it structurally. Personally, I am not big on great rooms...too much in one space...I want a space where I don't have to see any of the kids' junk or messes in the eating area when I want to relax. Later if you want it divided, one of the best ways is with screens made out of 2x4s or PVC pipe cut 2" thick, painted and put in frames. These can easily be removed later.

  • Denise Van Hulst Denise Van Hulst on Oct 10, 2014
    I would decorate both spaces to be complementary to each other (similar furniture styles and colors that go well together) then separate the spaces with folding screens or (my choice) long paneled curtains. Curtains would be easiest to open and close, even when opened the suggestion of a divided space can help break up the continuity of a long room without making it feel overly cramped. Curtains would also soften what would probably be long stark expanses of wall, given you smaller more manageable areas to hang art or whatever you like in.

  • The Chirping Frog The Chirping Frog on Oct 10, 2014
    Long rooms almost always look better with defined areas... one larger than the other. Or do a large main area with a couple secondary spaces..... really depends on your entryways and traffic patterns.

  • Kathy Thornton Kathy Thornton on Oct 10, 2014
    We did this with a bedroom. We didn't need the extra bedroom and knocked down the walls to make a large living area. Almost too large so one end of it has a separate seating area and piano with area rug. For holidays we just set up an extra table for dining there.

  • Agnes Gorny Agnes Gorny on Oct 10, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Is there natural light in the whole room? overhead lights which would define one space and not another? A family room is usually where the tv and seating goes so to make this one long room would not be conducive to watching tv or even conversations. Does your family eat together at the table? is your kitchen large enough to sit at least 6 people? because if you have guests you really want a place to entertain and for spillover from the family room. space to walk between furniture is usually 18" or more between. that gives walk around space between chairs, sofa, tables, and any other object. Is there a fireplace? Do you have a large tv? flat screen? What furniture do you have? a picture would help and even dimensions because the room could have a dozen ways to be made. these are all questions that would help in designing a comfy family friendly space

  • Julie Parker Julie Parker on Oct 10, 2014
    I would tend to make distinct areas, but they don't need to be "living" and "dining." Take 2/3s of one end to be the actual family living area: TV & game systems, plenty of seating, a couch or sectional to end/divide that area. In the rest of the room, behind the couch, you could set up a gaming/puzzle table, study area, craft area maybe with some built-ins to hold the games & puzzles, office supplies,craft supplies. Put a good light over this table; use floor and table lamps in the living area. People in this area could still see the TV and interact with others in the family area, if they want. It can also be for overflow eating when needed.

  • Joy Senecal Joy Senecal on Oct 23, 2014
    Keeping them as one is more family friendly...a divider screen mcan be used for dinner when you don't want your family room seen..open comceptmis great