50 Cool Sunken Living Room Designs

Chastity Fabry

A sunken living room is a cozy space in a home that is designed with open floor concept. It’s an amazing area as it gives you a separate space where you can spend quality time with your loved ones.

Before we proceed further with today’s post that showcases 50 sunken room ideas, let’s first define and understand the concept of a sunken living room. Like mentioned above, it’s a step down design where the other rooms of a house like dining, kitchen and family room are separate, but one can have a view of all the rooms while he or she sits in a sunken living room.

Sunken living room designs are not a new or recent phenomenon to have floored interior designers, but have been on this planet since a very long time, let’s say for about five decades. The concept of sunken room designs was

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30 Amazing Sunken Living Room Design Ideas (IMAGES) with Pros&Cons

Chastity Fabry

A two-level living space (or sunken living room) was a huge trend in Mid-century architecture that is still popular nowadays as it brings some undisputable benefits to the table. A change of level can add more value to your design by making it more diverse and exciting. It can be used to define your living room areas and distinguish a certain part of your living space as more significant than the rest of it.

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This two-level area typically features a sunken space that has a greater ceiling height than the rest of the room, and that can be accessed by going down a couple of steps. A sunken living room area is a definite point of interest in any interior space and should therefore be properly designed in a way that will turn it into a jewel in its own right.

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Sunken Living Rooms 101: Can the Old Fad Make a Comeback?

Chastity Fabry

Photo: Zillow Digs home in Bellevue, WA

Recessed living areas known as sunken living rooms—and their cozier cousins, conversation pits—spread like wildfire during the 1960s, appearing in newly built houses across the nation. For nearly 20 years, they were the grooviest way to entertain guests or just kick back with the family. They abruptly fell out of fashion, with some homeowners even remodeling to remove them, but with so many homes built during that period featuring a sunken space, you’re still likely to see this fun and funky element on open house tours.

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Step-down living room design can be traced to a visionary architect named Bruce Goff, who incorporated the feature in a home he designed for one of his instructors in 1927. The idea didn’t catch on nationally, however, until it appeared on the set of The Dick Van Dyke

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