Having kids involves lots of prep, and that includes making necessary changes in the home, whether that means getting rid of furniture that can injure a young child or making sure all large or bulky pieces are safely anchored. Here are some tips to consider when designing a home that is both beautiful and safe for your family.
1. Invest in durable materials
If you’re planning on purchasing new furniture, it’s essential to consider the durability of those pieces before buying them. This way, you won’t have to worry about their quality or how long you’ll be able to use them, no matter what kind of activity your child decides to do on it. The same goes for selecting fabrics when having sofas upholstered — pick a material that won’t easily break and easy to clean. It helps to do research before buying!
2. Avoid furniture with sharp edges or corners
The Sprucepoints out, “Eliminating sharp corners is a great way to make a living room (or any room) safer for kids.” After all, kids enjoy running and moving around inside the home, and sharp edges or corners can help increase the likelihood of them getting hurt or injured.
Another way to ensure the safety of a space is by keeping every heavy piece of furniture secured. This includes shelves, cabinets, refrigerators, as well as pieces like TVs and even lighting fixtures. Kids love to climb up furniture, and if large pieces are not well-secured or anchored to the wall or to the floor, they might tip over and fall onto a small child, resulting in injuries.
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4. Be mindful with your decorative pieces
It’s okay to make use of decorative pieces to make your home look beautiful. However, having too many of those items can get in the way of hyperactive kids and even increase the amount of clutter you have at home. It might be helpful for you to get rid of those pieces you can live without, and to store those you want to keep mindfully — preferably, somewhere the kids won’t be able to reach them, to lessen the possibility of breakage and injury.
Another thing that kids seem to love doing is to leave their stuff in different areas all over the home. If left unmanaged, this can lead to clutter taking over your home. To help avoid this possibility, try investing in extra storage. You can go for double-duty pieces like benches or tables with cabinets underneath or small baskets and bins.
6. Use area rugs
When it comes to parts of the house where your child enjoys playing on the floor, an area rug might be a worthy investment. It can be a more comfortable place for your child to sit, compared to a bare floor, and it can also help ground the look of a particular space. If you are interested in getting an area rug for your space, try going for ones in darker colors or patterns; ones in lighter tones tend to show dirt, spills, and stains more easily.
It’s not just you who’s going to be living in that house — your little one is, too. That’s why it can be a great idea to incorporate elements in your space that your child will also enjoy. Some examples you can try are framed artworks she made, photographs of your family, or even something as simple as her favorite colors and patterns. It has to be a space that both you and your child will feel happy in.
8. Imperfect is okay
Lastly, don’t be too caught up in making your space look as perfect as possible! Living with kids inevitably involves a few mishaps every now and then, such as spilled drinks or food and crayon marks on the wall — and that’s okay. Don’t mount unnecessary pressure on yourself to keep your house looking like it should be in a magazine. As long as you’re doing your best to clean your space as well as you can, you’re doing a great job.