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How to Design the Perfect Sunroom Addition for Your Home

Posted by April 24, 2019

Blog Post Updated on: May 6, 2022

In this post, you'll learn...

  • How to best utilize your new sunroom addition
  • Sunroom options based on how often you plan to use your home addition
  • The custom options available for your Patio Enclosures sunroom

Extending the usable living space in your home is an exciting change, but deciding which type of home addition is right for you can be stressful. In this blog post, we will help make that decision a little easier.

Determine the Use of your Sunroom

Create your perfect space by first determining how you and your family will use your new sunroom. Sunrooms have many uses besides serving as a sitting area. A sunroom can be used for multiple purposes like an entertainment room, exercise room, home office, or sitting area - the options are endless! Choose the right type of sunroom for you and your family and start creating your ideal sunroom with Patio Enclosures today!

Goal: Entertaining

how to design your sunroom for entertaining

Have you outgrown your current family room or living room? Is your entertainment space currently in the middle of your home’s floor plan and not in an ideal location? If either of these applies to you, a sunroom can serve as an additional family room. Four season rooms, three season rooms, and solariums are great spaces for entertaining. Whether you use your new space for a family gathering or a game night, a sunroom is a terrific way to increase your home’s square footage. You’ll have the benefit of outdoor living indoors and more space to relax and have fun with family and friends. Add a pool table or other table games for a fun night in. Don't forget comfortable seating for people to sit and talk as they enjoy each other’s company.

Don’t forget to consider space for snacks and drinks! End tables or high-top tables make a great addition for people to set down their drinks or play a game of cards or checkers. Using a sunroom as an entertainment room is a great way to take advantage of the space and create a unique atmosphere for hosting guests.

Goal: Leisure

design your sunroom for leisure

Relax after a long day of work or chores in a four season room, three season room, screen room, or solarium. Used your sunroom as a morning wake-up space or a comfortable reading spot. Even your pets will love the light, views, and fresh air that a sunroom offers. 

Or if you need a spare room for guests, consider using your sunroom for them to relax. Add a daybed or sleeper sofa as well as blinds or shades to utilize the room for lounging during the day and sleeping at night. Not only does this help maximize space, but it also gives you the opportunity to use the room as a sitting area when you don’t have guests in town.

Goal: Home Office

use your sunroom as an office

The demand for at-home office space is on the rise! According to the Pew Research Center, about six-in-ten U.S. workers who say their jobs can mainly be done from home (59%) are working from home all or most of the time. A sunroom addition as a home office could be the ideal solution as a separate space to shift your mind from home mode to work mode.

There are several benefits of using a sunroom as a separate home office:

Don’t work from home? You can still benefit from a home office as a resting place for your computer, laptop, or tablet. It can also play an important role in storing important or confidential documents and office supplies.

Goal: Hobbies

Solarium and four season rooms can create a new indoor area for different hobbies such as gardening, year-round. Since these rooms offer natural light, your plants will have a suitable place to live. Solariums and four season rooms are also ideal for use as a crafting space, reading space, or indoor birdwatching space.

There’s no better light for crafts than natural light! No need to worry about colors distorted by fluorescent lights or squinting as you do complex projects. Instead, enjoy a nice bright space to tackle crafts and other hobbies you’ve been thinking about. Get creative and maximize your space with storage for all your hobbies and crafting accessories!

Decide How Often You Want to Use Your Sunroom

three season sunroom

Use Your Sunroom Year-Round

The next step in deciding how you will use your new sunroom is to determine how often you want to use it. If you plan to use your sunroom year-round, a four season room or solarium may be the best option for you.

A four season room offers added security features, sleek door handles, and advanced weatherlock with interlock sashes. The great thing about four season rooms is they are designed to be heated and cooled, so you can enjoy your sunroom year-round.

A solarium will provide maximum views of your surroundings thanks to its glass walls and glass roof. Each solarium is manufactured with our 1-inch-thick double-pane insulated glass to improve heating and cooling performance.

Enjoy Your Sunroom for Three Seasons of the Year

A three season room is less expensive than a four season room or solarium, but it isn’t engineered to be heated and cooled every day of the year. However, depending on your area of the country, a space heater like an electric fireplace or portable fan may be all you need to stay comfortable. Some of the features of a Patio Enclosures three season room include added weather protection and a dual-point locking system. A three season room’s draft and weather resistance allow you to spend more time in your enclosed space, while the locking system provides security.

Use Your Sunroom in Warm Weather

A sunroom is a great place to relax during the warm months. You can enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home. In the warmer months, a screen room is a perfect space for those who like to be one with nature. You can enjoy the outdoors and not be bothered by mosquitos and other insects.

Customize Your Space with Patio Enclosures

solarium addition

Once you’ve chosen the type of sunroom best for you and your home, personalize your space by choosing from the endless custom options offered by Patio Enclosures, including frame color options, roof style options, glass options, window, and door configurations, and more.

No matter what your perfect space looks like, Patio Enclosures can help you create it. Schedule your free, in-home estimate, or give us a call at 800-230-8301 for more information.