I've often thought about adding a sunroom to previous houses I've lived in. I LOVE sunlight, and additional space is always a plus. Do you need more room in your home? Is your family outgrowing your space? Then why not consider investing in a conservatory (often called a sunroom) for your home?
Sunrooms are easy to construct with the help of professionals like First State Building and Design (FSBD), are not too expensive, and are an excellent way to add additional space to your home. As well as adding extra value to your property.
But, what exactly can a conservatory or sunroom be used for? The answer: pretty much anything.
Here's our guide to five ways your family can use a sunroom.
1. Family Room
A sunroom is a perfect place to create a family room. A place where you and your children can relax, talk and unwind after a long day at work and school.
Blinds or curtains add privacy to the space, making it seem more like a walled room, ideal for family time.
A carpet, underfloor heating, or a large area rug will add warmth and a cozy feel to the room, transforming it into a space where the family wants to be.
Neutral colors, some sofas, and a television will make the space feel fun and family-orientated, ideal for kids and family members of all ages.
2. Dining Room
A sunroom is an ideal place for a dining room, especially if it backs onto the kitchen.
Instead of creating an entirely glass conservatory, opt for a wall on either side, a glass front, and a glass roof. This adds privacy and can make the kitchen and conservatory seem like one large room instead of two separate ones.
A rustic dining table (my husband just made one for me!) and chairs, complete with area rugs, can transform the space into the ideal place for family dining.Have you been thinking about adding on to your home? If you are looking for a new space the whole family can enjoy throughout the year, a sunroom may be the perfect choice! Click To Tweet
3. Children’s Playroom
As long as your sunroom is adequately insulated, it will make a fantastic playroom for your kids. If your children spend a lot of time in your sunroom, opt for heated floors or a warm, cozy carpet.
Add blinds or curtains to the space to give it some privacy, and add wooden chests for your children to keep their toys in.
A small play table and other play toys, like a toy kitchen and a doll's house, may also work well.
A sunroom is a perfect place to create a book room for your family.
Place two large bookshelves in the room, armchairs, bean bags, and floor cushions, and make it as comfortable and cozy as possible. You could also add a desk and make the room double as an office.
Getting away from everything and relaxing with a good book is an ideal way to keep yourself and your family calm and happy.
5. Game Room
For older children, the sunroom is the perfect place to use as a game room. It gives them a place to mess around and have fun with their friends without annoying you, as well as a place to relax and chill out in.
To give the space a more intimate feel, add curtains or blinds to the windows. Make the space as comfortable as possible with sofas and bean bag chairs, as well as a television, game consoles, and maybe even a pool, poker, or foosball table.
My husband is thinking of adding a shuffleboard table and possibly a big arcade game to ours—one day.
I think I could just sit there and stare outside for awhile. I think I’ve had too much winter.
I hear ya Ken! I LOVE the sun and having easy access to it with a sunroom would be nice 🙂
Just by the design of my place I most definitely do not get enough direct sunlight into my house. And that sucks because it can be so uplifting emotionally if nothing else. Oh my gosh I would love to have a sun room like that one above, Krystle 🙂
Sun is very uplifting to me too! I just feel happier when it’s sunny 🙂
Hi Krystle, for those with children, I think the idea of having the sunroom used as a game room or playroom is a great idea. It keeps the kids toys and clutter contained somewhat and not all over the house.
Very true Susan! It would be nice. I have to pick up tiny legos all over the house. It’s not fun at all!
Oh how I like all of these
I agree! Sunrooms can be SO versatile.