Your living room isn’t just a space that should look nice for the occasional guest. It’s a room that gets used day in and day out by the whole family. That’s why it’s important that it fits everyone’s needs, from your little ones playing with their toys to neighbors who pop by for a chat.

Keeping all these moving parts in mind when you’re designing your space can be difficult, so we pulled together a few tips to help you out.

  1. Focus on your seating

You want to make sure you have enough room for everyone to sit down comfortably — and then some. A long sofa is a great family-friendly option. Just add in an accent chair or two and you’ve got plenty of space for the kids and your guests.

Another thing to keep in mind is the material of your sofa and chairs. You want something that’s durable. Design experts recommend families choose furniture with well-made upholstery because it won’t show as much wear as leather, suede or velvet. Plus, there are plenty of color ways and designs that will fit your adult style while still remaining kid-sturdy.

  1. Storage is key

From an entertainment center that doubles as toy storage to little bins tucked away under tables or along the wall, you want your space to be functional and fun.

Built-in cabinets or a big activity console can house everything from your TV and DVDs, to board games and little knickknacks. Lidless totes help when you need to quickly clean the space for guests, so you can just toss toys in and stash them away in the cabinet or under a coffee table.

  1. Don’t forget tables

Since your family will be spending tons of time in this room, it needs to wear a number of hats. You’ll be eating, lounging and entertaining there, so be sure you can do it all. Well-placed tables (coffee, side and console) can give the space a chic look while also serving as a place to put remotes, coffee cups, toys and magazines.

  1. Look to the floor

Sadly, spills are inevitable when you have a family spending countless hours in one space. With that in mind, you want to make sure your floor can be easily cleaned. Hardwood is a long-lasting option, but if you have pets, you might want to consider getting an accent rug to protect the wood from too much wear.

If you’re looking for a comfier option, and your kids spend tons of time on the ground, opt for a woven carpet. There are plenty of styles that look great and have stain-fighting capabilities, too. You can spice your space up with a throw rug, too, which can double as a cover-up if a spill is too tough to remove.

Whatever space you’re looking to style, the professionals at Ashley Home Store of Tucson and Green Valley can help you find the best pieces for your home.

Visit their Facebook page to see recent news or call 520-389-6359. You can also check out their selection in-person at 100 N Pantano Road in Tucson or 100 W Duval Mine Rd in Green Valley.

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