The dreamiest trend in home comfort is catching on, as families add a second living room upstairs, or carve out space in a single-story home, to create a comfy-cozy pajama lounge—the coolest place to hang out at home.
The concept is part of a growing trend to make room for family relaxation away from high traffic areas of the home, reports Lauren Smith, a home editor for House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping. It’s the perfect place to gather as a family after rolling out of bed in pajamas—or for the kids to hang out, with or without their friends, when the grown-ups are entertaining guests in more formal areas of the house.
Think comfy, low seating (include a couple of aptly placed bean bags) and lots of pillows, poufs and cozy throws to bundle up in on cold winter days or nights, suggests interior designer Lisa McDennon of Laguna Beach, Calif.
As space allows, add some shelving for books and games, a table for a puzzle board or family games and maybe even a microwave oven with a handy supply of popcorn.
A big screen TV and all the electronic companion pieces are optional, designers say. Although some would say they are a necessary anchor to any self-respecting pajama lounge. The important consideration when furnishing your own pajama lounge, McDennon said, is filling it with the comforts and wishes of your own family in mind.