Aside from the windows and doors that bring that all-important sunshine to your space, sunroom furniture ideas are the most important part of creating a sunroom that is enjoyable to spend time in.
Sunroom ideas come in all sorts of spaces, shapes and sizes, but the one thing they all share is their purpose. “The purpose of the conservatory is really to relax and unwind,” says New York-based interior designer Amy Kalikow, and whatever furniture you choose for your design should be in mind. .
Sunrooms can be used as overflow lounges, a place to eat – whether as a breakfast nook or for casual dining at parties – or for any number of reasons, all affecting the furniture you can choose for your space. But there are some general tips you can follow to get the most out of your conservatory when it comes to layout and room selection. With that in mind, we take a look at the best conservatories for inspiration for furniture ideas.
Sunroom Furniture Ideas
1. Create more uses for your sunroom with your furniture choices
Although the general idea of a conservatory is to have a space to relax and enjoy the sun throughout the day, there are many ways to use the space to expand your home, so consider the different uses it can have when selecting furniture. .
Much like an open kitchen, you can group furniture into zones to serve different functions, but on a smaller scale. Including a seating area and a table and chairs covers most of the bases, giving you the opportunity to relax in comfort, as well as a small idea of a dining area for working or having breakfast, for example.
2. Create a cozy sunroom with a plush seating arrangement
To create a sunroom you can really relax in, having the right seating is just as important as your living room ideas, but what type of arrangement should you opt for?
Think about the design as you would use it as an individual and when entertaining, and how it relates to the layout of your home.
In a conservatory that opens into the kitchen or living space, for example, you might want your sofa to face the house, making it a more social place to sit when others people are in the house.
“Everything about this space was meant to be comfortable and encourage conversation and relaxation,” interior designer Amy Kalikow says of this contemporary sunroom created for a property in New York City. “We chose more organically designed furniture in soft fabrics to complement the outdoor elements.”
On the other hand, for a sunroom separate from the house, you will almost certainly want the couch to face outside to make the most of the view.
“Windows are the most important elements in creating a space that promotes contentment and wonder,” says Kelly Ford, interior designer for South Carolina-based Ford Interiors. “Whenever you can bring the outdoors in, you make people feel close to nature while enjoying the benefits and comforts of the indoors.”
3. Mix and match furniture for an eclectic look
Making a sunroom a family or entertaining space requires having the right amount of seating so that it can be comfortably used by many people at once. For this reason, a sunroom setting lends itself well to mixing seating styles — think sofas, armchairs, side chairs, and even stools — incorporating a variety of styles and textiles.
“I wanted a space that would make people want to sit, linger, and marvel,” says Kelly Ford, designer of this sunroom. “We wanted a place in the house that helps foster connection with each other without distraction.”
While a sofa and armchairs provide the central seating of the space, comfortably arranged around the fireplace, a leather director’s chair and foldable stools bring versatility to the veranda, allowing the layout to change depending on its use.
4. Use built-in furniture to take advantage of a small veranda
Built-in furniture is not only a useful space saver, especially for a small conservatory idea, it can become an attractive feature of a room when used in the right way.
Although sunrooms don’t necessarily need a lot of storage space, incorporating extra storage space is helpful in freeing up space in the rest of the house.
This design from New York design studio General Assembly features built-in storage drawers and also cleverly combines a seat built into the millwork, providing a cozy spot otherwise lacking in this small veranda that also houses a dining table and chairs.
5. Try a minimalist approach for a modern conservatory look
For a super contemporary sunroom, strip your furniture down to the essentials of what you want the room to be used for. The lanai of this Hamptons beach house designed by interior designer Amy Kalikow is a great example of how a streamlined space using modern interior design could work.
This veranda isn’t necessarily for all-day living, but offers a lovely view of the garden with a pair of chairs positioned to make the most of it – creating the perfect place to recharge your batteries under a sunburn and drink. a coffee morning.
6. Use a veranda as a dining room
It is possible to create a space to relax without relying on sofas or accent chairs, especially by transforming a veranda into a dining room. While perhaps best suited for breakfast time to make the most of the sun, this design by interior design studio General Assembly shows that a sunroom dining room idea can also be comfortable and welcoming.
“The verandah structure of our townhouse on Bergen Street was at odds with the existing masonry house from 1910,” says General Assembly Director Sarah Zames. “We softened the space with rugs, textiles and a mix of classic and current furniture.”
A pendant light, dropped from the glass roof, also helps anchor the dining table in the space and provide ambient lighting when using the space in the evening.
7. Add banquettes for the perfect spot in the sun
Choosing built-in seating or banquettes is a smart patio furniture idea for several reasons. First of all, banquettes are an efficient use of space. This not only means that you can accommodate more people around your table at any given time, but also that your table can be closer to a wall as you don’t have to pull and push the chairs.
The second reason we love sunroom banquettes is that it doubles as a window seat idea, providing a dreamy space where you can spend hours in the sun and looking out over the garden.
In this conservatory of a Connecticut home designed by Britt Zunino of Studio DB, an outdoor fabric was used for the cushions of the banquette, making it durable for the whole family.
8. Mix indoors and outdoors with garden-style furniture
A veranda is often a link between interior and exterior spaces thanks to its large bay windows and its openings on the back of the house. This makes it an ideal candidate for using furniture styles that have more of an outward influence.
Rattan, for example, is a great choice for capturing that laid-back garden style.
There are also practical reasons to use modern outdoor furniture ideas, especially in conservatories with glass roofs that receive large amounts of natural light. The sun’s UV rays can bleach furniture, both fabric and metal, and wood. Treated patio furniture and even real rattan pieces will be more resistant to UV damage.
9. Find the perfect spot for a hanging chair
Hanging chairs aren’t necessarily the most practical addition to every room in the house, but they’re perfect for a sunroom, where sitting and enjoying the space is more of an experience.
In this modern conservatory, created by Mulroy Architects using an interior courtyard garden idea, a hanging chair is positioned to soak up that sun patch. By choosing to incorporate a ceiling supported design during construction, they created a more streamlined look than opting for a freestanding hanging chair with a base.
Can I put ordinary furniture in a veranda?
Sunroom furniture is at risk of fading and fading, which is irreversible.
“Using UV treatments and minimizing the UV rays that can enter your conservatory will help keep the interior of your home fresh and vibrant for longer,” says Laura Mead of Westbury Garden Rooms.
Natural textiles are more prone to this, especially silk and linen, while some acrylics and other synthetic materials will last longer without fading in the sun. However, you can take steps to protect furniture from UV damage.
‘All fabrics can be treated with UV stabilizers to increase longevity. Natural fibers like cotton and silk can be sprayed with fabric protectant, leather can be cared for with protectants and conditioners to prevent drying out and discoloration from evaporating natural oils.
Wooden furniture should be treated with varnishes, lacquers and waxes, or painted, which will help prevent discoloration and can be re-treated as needed.