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5 Design Tips For Your Sunroom

Sunrooms can be great additions to homes. A sunroom allows you to really enjoy the outside, no matter what the weather is like outside. If you are installing a sunroom in your home, you want to make design choices that will make your sunroom more appealing to use.

Go for Hard Floors

When you choose flooring for your sunroom, go for hard floors, such as tile or stone. Both tile and stone are able to trap heat, which will help keep your floors warm even when it is cold outside. Avoid carpet, as carpet can be more difficult to keep clean and doesn't hold heat the same way.

Use High-Quality Windows

One of the main features of a sunroom is the windows. Windows help bring the outdoors inside and allows you to feel like you are a part of nature, no matter what the weather is like.

When you create a glass wall, make sure that it is labeled as tempered safety glass that is silicone double-sealed. You want to use double-glazed glass that has a low-emissivity coating. The low-E coating will help keep ultraviolet rays away from your sunroom, making your sunroom a safe sunny place.

Add Ceiling Fans

Next, you are going to want to add a ceiling fan or two to your sunroom. A ceiling fan will keep the air circulating, which is good in both the summer and the winter. For the best air circulation options, choose a ceiling fan where you can change the direction of the fan. You want a fan that runs counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter, in order to pull the air in the right direction.

Install a Heater

You may associate your sunroom with the summertime, but a sunroom can be just as functional in the winter as well if you set-up your room correctly. Be sure to add a small gas wall heater to your room. This will help keep the space warm and usable throughout the year. You can also add radiant floor heating if you want to less obvious heating.

Layer Your Lights

Your sunroom is designed to get a lot of natural light. However, if you want to use your sunroom in the evenings, you are going to need to add some light to the room. When you add light, be sure to layer the light. Add large overhead lights that will provide lots of lights. Add some track lights where you can adjust the intensity of the light so you can adjust the level of light in the room.

When designing your sunroom, use hard floors, high-quality windows, add a ceiling fan, install a heater, and layer the lights in the room. This will help create a warm and usable environment year-round.