If you have a formal living room in your home that’s off to the side when you enter and is only there for show, you might want to reclaim that space and turn it into a more functional area.
As examples, consider the six options listed below.
Music Space: You can use that area as a music room.
Set a gorgeous piano in one corner and an elegant harp in another. Include comfortable chairs where you can relax and listen while a family member plays. Or invite over some musician friends to play.
Library: Set up a whole wall of beautiful bookcases and fill them with leather-bound books, paperbacks, and music. Include a comfortable reading area where you can sit and enjoy some quiet time reading by yourself or with another family member.
Home School: If you educate your children at home, you can use the space for a homeschooling area. You can set up desks and chalkboards and storage for supplies. Hang a fabulous-looking barn door at the entry, so you can close off the space when needed.
Office: If you don’t have an office in your home or could use a second office, your formal living room space is an excellent option. That space will contain ample room for a desk, filing cabinets, and whatever else you’ll need. Close off the entry with French doors for a spectacular look.
Play Space: For families with younger children, you can turn that space into a play area.
You can set up tables for board games and jigsaw puzzles. You can install shelving to hold stuffed animals, comic books, and other toys. Even include fun beanbags in the room where the children can relax and watch their favorite movie or television show.
Guest Space: You can leave the area decorated as a living room but allow it to double as guest space, as long as you’ve included some sort of door at the entry. Replace an ordinary couch with a sleeper sofa. Include cabinetry where guests can store their belongings. When you don’t have company, that space can still function as a sitting area.
“If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own.” —Stacy Risenmay, Not Just a Housewife
Many ways exist to use an offset living room. Don’t let any square footage in your home go to waste. Instead, optimize that space in the best way possible so that it fits in with the lifestyle of your family.