Live + Play
Family Living Room
We used this spacious room originally as our design studio, but more and more it has been taken over by children and family activities. Since we have moved the design studio we are using the space as family living room for relaxing, play, crafts table, storage for lots of toys and games, sideboard and shelving for books. We also kept a space for a one computer workstation with all associated needs, such as printer, phone & internet access and filing space.
A tall bespoke storage wall replaced a row of open office shelves where all our filing is now neatly hidden away from view. The storage wall incorporates a birch ply bookcase for our favourite books and a desk area with integrated lighting and hidden cable trunking. Our chunky A3 printer is still easily accessible from the desk, sitting on an extendable shelf concealed in the storage wall.
We fitted a floating solid walnut sideboard along the wall underneath the large window after moving the radiator and changing it to a tall vertical unit.
The wall-mounted sideboard has two elements: a shelf for storage or display, high enough to fit larger books. It can also to be used in different ways as the green unit with vertical dividers for storing books can be moved or taken out to suit.
The second element is slightly lower to allow for displaying flowers or artefacts or for placing the stereo on top. Two spacious drawers are used for storing smaller items and CD's.
We also wanted to have a table for craft activities, playing games and drawing in our family room. On the wall next to it we fitted a wall hung storage cupboard for paper, card and other craft materials.
Storing card and paper can be a challenge - we integrated an internal plywood divider to organise card and papers into different sizes and at the same time stopping it from slipping and bending.