Interior Decor and Styling

Family Room Makeover Ideas



Hello dear readers and welcome back to my Interior Decor and Styling series! Today I am just sharing some ideas for new furniture for our small family room makeover.  It will probably be a while before we get started on making any changes, but it’s never too early to start dreaming and planning. It is really more of a cosmetic makeover with new paint, a few changes in the decorative accessories and some new living room furniture. Here are some sofas and room ideas I really like. *This post contains affiliate links.





Our family room is small, but the whole family likes to hang out  in the room for movie nights. Right now we have an older leather couch and  big recliner that are really too big for the space. Even though the furniture is still is good condition, I think a smaller L-shaped  sectional sofa  would be a better choice for the room. 



gorgeous leather couch


Currently the family room is the domain of my 13 year-old son, and he likes to have friends over for movies and video game nights. With all the snacks and drinks likely to be spilled, I think a leather sectional would be best. We have a new, warm brown leather Chesterfield sofa in the main living room, so I would love to find a camel colored leather sectional for the family room.


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I am not opposed to a darker leather if the price is right! This sectional is also beautiful. For now the walls are a sagey green, but I would love to do shiplap or some type of paneling painted white, and I have always loved the look of leather with light walls. Because we are all beach lovers, we do keep some nautical decor in the family room year round, so I would also like to add some blue accents through throw pillows and maybe a new rug. In addition to the nautical decor, there is an eclectic mix of vintage decor, and it would be a great room to try out more of a Boho look, especially since the family room is an addition and doesn’t have the historic look of the rest of the home.


Townsend Upholstered Roll Arm Sofa with Reversible Storage Chaise Sectional


There are several different layouts and styles of sectional sofas. Even a sofa or couch with an extended chaise on one end is considered a sectional sofa. This small type of sofa would work as long as I added a few other smaller chairs in the room.


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It is so easy to find inexpensive chairs at rummage sales and thrift stores. A rocking chair or even a vintage dining room chair wouldn’t take up too much space and would provide extra seating for friends on video games nights.


2 French bentwood chairs cane seat French bistro chairs



The Bentwood chair  and Bentwood rocking chairs have made a comeback in a big way, especially for boho chic style rooms. I have been exploring the new “farmhenian” look which is a combination of farmhouse with few boho chic touches. Newer Bentwood Chairs can be expensive but I have come across these chairs at yard sales for around $5.oo-$10.00





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The room pictured above is not very big, but the sectional sofa seems like a perfect fit. I think I would prefer to use an ottoman in place of a coffee table.  The ottoman could double as a few extra seats if needed.


Linen Slipcovered Sectional




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In addition to the extra seats an ottoman would provide, I love the idea of using it to kick back and relax. I am just not comfortable unless I have a place to prop up my feet (I have even considered a portable foot rest for vacations and long car trips.)  I have a couple of vintage foot stools that I use often, and they make cute decorative accessories.  Foot stools are easy to find second hand for only a few dollars. I am actually kind of obsessed with them currently, and I have picked up a few this summer at yard sales and given them cute makeovers.  I will be sharing the  makeovers in a post later this week.




where to buy leather poufs for cheap


Ottomans and poufs are extremely chic right now. I bought an outdoor pouf for the front porch to use to prop up my feet and I have loved it. I will certainly add a couple of poufs or smaller ottomans to the family room for the makeover.


Outdoor Fabric Pouf - Natural - Threshold™




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One final consideration is the Ektorp sectional sofa from Ikea. Even though it isn’t leather I have repeatedly seen rave reviews from bloggers and on Instagram. I love the look of slip covers, but I am still wary of a slip covered sofa in a room that gets a lot of use. However there is the big plus of affordability, so it might be an option. Plus I like the idea of using different colored slip covers seasonally.

A review of the infamous Ikea Ektorp Sectional, after living with it for a little over year with 2 young kids and a cat. Lot's of photos, tips and tricks for washing it and keeping it clean in between washings.Source


Well before we can even begin to think about starting on the family room makeover, there needs to be a huge purging of junk. There are old movies, CD’s and some collectibles and decor items that just have to go! This week we are headed to the beach for vacation, then when we get back it’s house detox time, followed by a huge yard sale! Maybe we will make some extra money to put toward a new sectional sofa! Wish me luck…not on making money, but on being able to purge and part with my junk!


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  • Reply Marty Oravetz

    Love all your inspiration choices. Can’t wait to see what you do. I have such a small family room also, so I am always looking for inspiration.

    July 10, 2018 at 10:08 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Marty my to-do and makeover list just grows and grows! We will get around to it all someday. I think I am going to try giving my kitchen countertops a DIY makeover later this summer and moved the family room down on the list. For decorators it is never ending isn’t it?

      July 13, 2018 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Omnari

    I love the sort of bohemian/natural elements like rope baskets, plants and neutral colours that have been incorporated into the space… definitely brings in the outside in!

    July 16, 2018 at 10:30 am
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