Living Room Moving Upstairs

According to The Wall Street Journal, upper living rooms are becoming a sought-after space among homeowners.  Homeowners are finding these second-floor lounges can be cozier spaces than living areas on the first floor—and can offer more privacy, too.

Upper-level living rooms—sometimes labeled “pajama lounges”—are usually located right off bedrooms. They may include comfy sofas, a kitchenette, a television, and even a nook to work from. Architects are removing long hallway spaces upstairs to make room for these central living spaces upstairs.

Upper-level living rooms tend to be more casual than their lower counterparts. They also tend to have recessed lighting instead of chandeliers and favor cozier seating areas over larger sectionals.   Because it is not a part of the main living area, be creative to make the space as you want.

Upstairs living areas are geared for families in larger homes providing extra space to lounge without having to make an office or playroom serve double duty. 

So is this a new trend?  Historic homes often have included an upstairs “retiring room” for mothers nursing children or for resting midday, says T. Jeffrey Clarke, an architect in Philadelphia.

Source: “The Living Room Moves Upstairs,” The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 23, 2017)