I have a formal living room that is never used. I want to make it functional.

Jody Feltz KowalewiczJanuary 29, 2013
It is right off the front door. Can I make this a "mudroom", Maybe some bead board and a bench with some shelves that run the length of room. It would be a nice place to hang coats for guests. I don't want it to look silly but a functional space.
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How large of a space is it? Do you have any pics?
    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:25AM
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michigammemom
Mudrooms tend to attract clutter. Do you want that to be the first thing your guests see when they enter your home? How about a home library, a study, a billiard room?
    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:26AM
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I agree with you. Get rid of the rooms that aren't used. My sister is currently remodeling to change an unused formal study into a mud room. They moved a few walls so that the formal entry doesn't open into it, but that the garage door opening is bigger into a huge mud room. If that's the way we live, then that's what our houses should support.
    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:29AM
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I like michigammemom's idea of a library. If there's an Ikea near you, take a look at their Billy bookcase system which is so useful, flexible, and affordable. The photo shows them in green, but they also come in a brown/black which would look great. They have added height pieces that make them look really grand. You can have open bookcases, or glass doors, or solid doors, depending on your needs.
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    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 4:45AM
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Have it doubled as a computer / home management area for bills and organization.

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