How to Get the Most from Family Room Furniture

Turn your family room into the ultimate gathering spot with thoughtfully selected essentials.

Invest in a comfortable sofa or sectional.

As the epicenter of the room, the sofa, almost single-handedly, determines the look and overall feel of the family room. A roomy, comfortable, and durable sofa or sectional is, needless to say, a welcoming vantage point from which to watch a favorite movie, read a best seller, discuss school work, or just laze around on a Sunday afternoon. The versatile and super comfy Gus* Mix Modular collection, tailored, sturdy and well-proportioned, offers a range of options for the family room, its modular elements designed to be easily customized to needed size and room layout. If a standard sofa is your preference, the aptly named Blu Dot Sunday Sofa is a surefire winner, its sumptuously upholstered cushions and refined form the perfect spot for sinking in, weekend newspaper in hand.


Opt for a roomy media console.

A media console is a family room furniture must, but form without functionality is a waste of useful space. Opt for a handsome unit that has plenty of storage to keep things neatly tidied up and easily accessible, all in service of a family space that's both practical and visually appealing. The Blu Dot Dang Console, above, is outfitted with two deep, sizable drawers that hold a slew of media, remotes, and sundries within its sleek, powder coated metal frame—and boasts a horizontal form that complements the length of a large TV beautifully. Ditto the BDI Corridor Cabinet, a Mid-Century inspired, solid wood design with brooding good looks that befit both formal and informal settings, and lots of storage space hidden behind charming louvered doors.


Display family photos and ephemera on stylish shelving.

What's a family room without family ephemera? Just another room, we say. Smart shelving, ideal for photographs, travel memorabilia, awards, and collectibles helps create a nuanced, personal context for reliving shared family experiences. Invest in a shelving unit (or two) that attractively displays favorite images and objects, evoking events and achievements of particular resonance. We happily recommend the Blu Dot Happy Day Shelving unit, with its combination of voids and compartments, an elegant backdrop for a curated, revolving display of favorite things. If space is at a premium, the MASH Studios LAX Series Bookshelf offers oodles of vertical space in a solid English walnut grid, cleanly framing everything from books to objet d'art.


Add warmth underfoot with a tactile area rug.

Because sometimes nothing but the floor will do, a soft, inviting area rug is a family room must. Kids, teens (and plenty of adults) understand the pleasures of getting down nice and low, and there's no better place in which to do so than in the casual warmth of a family room. We love the plush pile of the Gus* Element Rug, with its artful geometry and inspired colorways, ideal for feet and weary bodies to sink into, while the Silai Rug from GAN Rugs, above, a modern take on cross stitch embroidery, is a tactile art piece all its own. For extra cushioning—and a spot of groovy retro charm—you can't beat the Naya Shag Rug from Chandra, hand made, and available in a range of solid colors that seamlessly segue into any family room scheme.