Many parents with small children often settle for home decor, designs, or fixtures that are not really their first choice, but are more kid-friendly or childproof. Parents are, of course, worried about many accidents, spills, falls, and other incidents that usually happen when you have little kids running around the home, so they may not be all too willing to buy furniture or home decor that might not survive the toddler years anyway.
A kid-friendly house does not necessarily have to look like a playroom or preschool classroom. With some effective planning and creative strategies, you can come up with a home interior that comes across as sophisticated, modern, and elegant, but also won’t be a hazard to kids or a cause of accidents. Also important to keep in mind that the right training and discipline must be instilled in kids so they know what they can play with and which items or areas are not safe for them.
Play areas benefit from carpets and area rugs
Area rugs and carpeting are nice to look at, and also add warmth and a cozy ambiance to the space. In addition, they also help prevent injuries from slips or falls, and also insulate sound (great for loud youngsters). If you are going to use carpets and area rugs, look for outdoor fabrics that are sturdier and easier to clean. Keep carpet cleaning solutions handy at all times.
Use leather upholstered furniture
Leather upholstery live through those spills and stains quite well. The right ones also look very contemporary and blend well with many different home design efforts. If leather isn’t your thing, slip covers for couches make it easier to manage stains and spills; all you have to do is remove them, wash them, and replace.
Rounded corners on tables and desks
Children who are active and like to run around the house are prone to slips and falls. You can lessen the hazards of injuries by using desks and coffee tables with rounded corners. Many coffee tables are also equipped with cushioned tops, so they look great but are less or a hazard.
Non-skid bathmats for the bathroom
As kids are growing up, they begin to be more independent and do many things on their own, such as going to the bathroom. You would want to make it safer for them by using bathmats that are equipped with non-skid backing. To lessen instances of bathroom accidents, try to place their stuff within their reach or height level, such as a smaller tower rack or toiletry basket, so they don’t have to climb up or reach up in order to get what they need.