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Creating a family room that works for everybody Add to ...

In most households, the main-floor family room is expected to fulfill a variety of roles, from child-friendly play zone during daylight hours to adult-friendly lounging and entertaining area during evenings and weekends. Consequently, navigating the fine balance between a place where young kids can play independently and grown-ups will want to spend time in without feeling like they're visiting a Fisher-Price showroom can be more than a little challenging. As a strong believer that having children does not go hand in hand with abandoning style, I do feel it's possible to create rooms that are neither off limits to kids nor dull and utilitarian. The key: durable, multifunctional furniture and materials.