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Sunroom Ideas - 6 Ways to Use Your Sunroom

Archadeck Sunroom Furnished with Wicker Outdoor Patio Furniture Set

A sunroom is a wonderful addition to any home. These versatile rooms offer plenty of natural sunlight and bring the feeling of the outdoors inside. A great space for a variety of activities, a sunroom also gives your home added value.

Take a look at some of the great ways you can use your sunroom.

Photo courtesy of Archadeck of Charlotte

Relaxing Rooms - Sunrooms

Couple using sunroom for reading and relaxation
This is probably the most common use for a sunroom. When you lead a stressful life, it’s nice to have a physical “happy place” where you can go to help you unwind at the end of a long day. Paint the walls/framework a light, soothing color or install a light floor color. Include a fireplace. For sunroom furniture ideas, it is recommended to bring in your most comfortable chair or sofa. A small indoor fountain, houseplants, or candles can all help you create a more relaxing sunroom. This is the ideal room to kick back and read a book without being disturbed, or the place to just go and think.

Photo courtesy of Temo Inc.


Entertainment Rooms - Sunrooms

Sunroom with dining table and chairs
Sunrooms are ideal for entertaining, especially in the summer months when the sun is shining, but it’s just too hot for outside entertaining. These rooms give you the best of both worlds.

To create the perfect party space, start with a dining table large enough to accommodate your guests. Or, if a dinner party isn’t your thing, at least be sure to mix in small tables for your guests to rest their food and drinks on.

Sunroom with multiple seating areas

Sunrooms make a great place for entertaining if you have a scenic view. Create an inviting atmosphere by setting up multiple seating areas for guests to sit and socialize. Installing a wet bar in the sunroom will ensure that your guests will never go thirsty, and it will keep everyone from running to and from the kitchen.

Photos courtesy of SunPorch Sunrooms

Home Offices - Sunrooms

Sunroom used as home officeA home office is a necessity if you work from home. But if you don’t, it’s nice to have a space where you can go to manage your bills and keep important documents organized. Using your sunroom as a home office is a great alternative to holing up in a spare bedroom. It’s like having the best corner office with a big window right at home. The most important thing to bring into your sunroom office is a desk large enough to accommodate your work. A comfortable desk chair is also important, especially if you spend a lot of time at your desk. As for storage, it’s a good idea to keep cabinets and shelves against a non-window wall so you can let in as much sunlight as possible. Another solution is to use storage that sits low to the ground, like filing cabinets or short shelves. Although the sunroom will get a lot of sunlight during the day, task lighting will be needed when the sun sets.

Photo courtesy of Acanthus Architecture & Design

Play Rooms - Sunrooms

Sunroom used for kids playroomTransforming a sunroom into a children’s play room is quick, easy, and will bring so much joy to the kids! A play room gives your children a designated space to play with their toys, and lets you keep the rest of your home neat and tidy. Be sure to childproof the sunroom for younger children by installing outlet covers. Depending on the flooring in your sunroom, you may want to consider play tiles. These tiles snap in place and are soft and easy to clean. They’re a great option if you have hardwood floors or a light carpet color in your sunroom. Bring in some child-size furniture and their favorite toys, books, and games. This is also a nice use for the sunroom if you have older kids that are traipsing in and out of the house all day in the summertime. It gives them a place to cool off.

Photo courtesy of Temo, Inc.

Hobby or Craft Rooms - Sunrooms

Use your sunroom as a craft or hobby room

Another option is to use your sunroom as a hobby or craft room. This is the perfect solution to those who have projects or hobbies that wind up taking over other rooms of the house. It’s also a great idea to use the sunroom as your hobby room if you have an artistic hobby or activity that requires a lot of natural light. Bring in whatever supplies you need to get started.

Photo courtesy of Parish Conservatories

Exercise or Spa Rooms - Sunrooms

Tired of being bound to the cold, dark basement to work out? A sunroom lets you enjoy the benefits of an outdoor workout—the natural sunlight and beautiful scenery—in the comfort of your home. Plus, you’ll never have to miss a workout because of inclement weather. A sunroom is also great for housing a hot tub. It gives you a private place to enjoy a calming soak whenever you please.

Sunroom with exercise equipment and spa
Photo courtesy of Temo Inc.

This article was written by Erie Construction. Follow Erie Construction on Twitter for updates on home improvement.

Loop-Loc Introduces New Safety Pool Enclosure – Idealcover

Idealcover Safety Swimming Pool Enclosure

LOOP-LOC, manufacturer of safety swimming pool covers, pool liners, and removable pool fencing, is proud to introduce Idealcover Enclosures to the U.S. marketplace. These beautiful pool enclosures are designed to provide an elegant look and maximum comfort while prolonging the swim season.

A leader in the European market, The Idealcover Enclosure offers homeowners all the benefits of a traditional swimming pool enclosure, including reduced evaporation and heat loss, reduced chemical usage, and lower maintenance costs, as well as the security of a safety cover.  The panels on the enclosure contain self-locking pins that must be manually lifted on either side of the enclosure before sliding the panels back. The enclosure’s doors can also be locked using a safety lock with a key.

Six standard models are available and range in design from low-profile structures that lie 2 ½ feet above the surface of the pool to taller, full-sized enclosures that accommodate movement and use of space under the entire enclosure. All models can be fully customized to fit exact specifications. In addition, a selection of decorative exterior finishes can be applied to the enclosure’s profiles and barrel segments to perfectly blend with any backyard and landscape.

For a full-color catalog and additional information on Idealcover Enclosures, email maryellen@looploc.com, or call 800-562-5667.

Photo courtesy of LOOP-LOC, LTD.

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