How To Pick Furniture That Will Fit Your Family Lifestyle Perfectly

How To Pick Furniture That Will Fit Your Family Lifestyle Perfectly
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    Everyone knows that the spaces you live in end up defining your lifestyle.

    If you have a really cramped living room furnished with overstuffed vintage furniture then slipping through those tiny circulation spaces will become the norm.

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Similarly, if you live in a large, open home filled with undersized furnishings, you’ll get used to the overly large circulation areas and empty nooks.

However, it’s better not to get used to unconventional set-ups when you can simply avoid them in the first place. It’s important to pick furniture that will fit your family lifestyle in the long run, which is why we’ve compiled a design guide for how you can do so during the initial phases of your renovation/refurbishment. Let’s take a look:

1: For those who enjoy the single life

Singles and bachelors have a very particular style of living. They’re not used to answering to partners or parents, and most of the time, the house can be a bit of mess due to neglect. This is why it’s important for you to pick furniture that will accommodate their fast-paced, busy lifestyle instead of hindering it.

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Instead of a full-sized couch, go for a pair of lazy boy chairs or bean bags. They’ll save you a lot of space and be highly comfortable to relax in. Instead of a twin or queen-sized bed, install a compact murphy bed so you can save space and avoid regular messes at the same time. You also get to avoid the typical end-table/nightstand conundrum and expenses with these furniture ideas.

2: For those who’re living as a couple

For those couples who’ve recently moved in together, or for those who’ve just gotten married, it’s important to keep the romance alive in your home. However, living with partners is not as carefree and as mainstream media makes it seem. So, you’ll definitely have to upgrade the furniture to complement this new phase of life.

 

A single couch or sectional in the joint living room with a nice coffee table is a total essential. You’ll also need a nice double-bed for the bedroom. Nightstands and end-tables are also something you’ll need to get. And while a full dining table set defines the next phase of couple life, you’ll definitely need some new bar stools or a small dining alcove set to occasionally throw those romantic dinners.

Do make sure that the size is proportional to the size of your space. In fact, there are a quite a few DO’S and DON’TS of buying furniture that you’ll need to get yourself acquainted with.

3: For those with big family with kids

Life is definitely a daily adventure for those with a big family with kids. This particular phase of life is all about accommodating the growing kids, and of course the furniture has to mirror that. If your family consists mostly of toddlers and crawling babies, then you’ll need to baby proof the entire house.

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You’ll also have to ensure that there are no glass accessories or home décor items that can fall victim to shattering. The upholstery of all couches should have dark or vibrant colors/patterns to camouflage the stains. All the furniture should have rounded edges so your kids won’t get boo-boos.

You’ll find that you’re more attracted to plastic and engineered wood furnishings because of their inexpensiveness and relatable designs. Of course, you’ll also have to furnish the kids bedrooms, so depending on your budget and how much you’re willing to splurge, you can either go for customized carpentry (personalized beds, end tables and shelves) or you could shop mass produced items a la IKEA and Pottery Barn.

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When you’re a growing family, entertaining the kids also becomes an essential part of your daily routine. You can accomplish so by turning your living room into a home theater. Every night can be a movie night before bedtime trickles in. The layout and furnishing of this area is quite crucial, and you’ll definitely need to educate yourself on everything you’ll need to know about buying home theater seating.

5: For those with a family of grown ups

If you’re a family who mostly consists of grown-ups and teenagers, then it’s definitely time for a furniture upgrade. Gone are the days of baby proofing and couches that have zero aesthetic value because you’re terrified the kids will spill something on the upholstery.

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Instead, you can pick a chic, sophisticated sectional, glass and china ceramic home décor items and other delicate accessories. You can also go for soft colored drapes, expensive vintage accent chairs, and attractive light fixtures with dimmers and other mood lighting options.

6: For those who live with pets

And lastly, for those who live with pets there’s a whole niche of furnishing ideas that need to be explored. You can go for a customized built-in feeding station in the kitchen island or a cabinet drawer.

 

If you’re a cat owner, you’ll also need a climbing area or a nice jungle gym that can double as shelving. You’ll also need to have creative reclining areas. For these, you can actually shop mass produced items or go for customized DIY projects. And of course, you’ll need sandboxes which can be set up inside cabinets or be put in an open, airy nook.

So, these are some of the mainstay family unions of our time, and a few respective ideas to accommodate such lifestyles. We hope we helped you get a better idea on how to pick furniture that will fit your family lifestyle perfectly.

Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women’s amateur rugby league.

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