Depending on the time of year, you might find that the sunroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house. Since it attracts a lot of natural light, you might find that you naturally gravitate here on a sunny day. However, you also might find that there are some considerations that can make choosing furniture for this room a challenge. Here are some strategies that will help you get it right:
Decide How You Will Use the Space
Before you can buy furniture for your sunroom, you need to decide how you will use the space because this will affect your choices. For example, if you will be using the room for entertaining, you might make different choices than if you want to turn it into a game room. However, certain items of furniture are necessary no matter how the room will be used. For example, you will need plenty of places to sit and small tables to store your things.
Consider How Much Light the Room Has
It’s true that sunrooms have a lot of natural light, but this might not always be the case, especially if the room is under some shade. Although this is one of the main reasons why this room is so charming, it can also pose some design challenges. Both the wood and the upholstery fabrics should be light in color because you want something to reflect the light and enhance its natural beauty. Stick with natural wood finishes and light-colored paints and stains.
Make Sure the Furniture is Suited for the Outdoors
Even if your sunroom has windows and not just screens, the furniture inside will still be impacted by the outdoors. If this is the case you’ll want to buy furniture that is actually designed for the outdoors. Typical patio furniture is made of materials that are resistant to things like excess light, damp conditions from excess humidity, and extreme heat. Also, since the rooms are often not insulated or climate controlled, this can take a toll on the furniture. Furniture designed for the patio is a good bet for the sunroom if you think it will get ongoing exposure to the outdoors.
Allow for Enough Storage
The sunroom is often treated as a sanctuary in your home, but it won’t be relaxing if it has a cluttered appearance. One way that you can prevent this from happening is designing the room so that there are some storage options. Select pieces of furniture that have built in storage, such as a coffee table with drawers or shelves, or a storage ottoman that can double as a footrest. Think about what you will use the space for because this could help you determine how you will address your storage needs.
Selecting furniture for your sunroom can be challenging. By keeping these points in mind, you will be sure to make the right choices. If you can’t find exactly what you need when it comes to furniture, you might want to consider getting pieces custom made.