For parents, it can often be a struggle between making their homes nice and pretty whilst also maintaining functionality. That being said, it is not impossible. However, as a responsible parent, there are some limitations and restrictions that you should take heed of – especially if you have young children—things like no sharp corners or fragile items in their reach, et cetera.
If you are looking for ways to make your home more child-friendly, then read on.
Having children comes with a lot of extra stuff, from clothes to toiletries to toys and everything else that they need on a daily basis. They contribute to the clutter, so buying multi-purpose furniture or has more than one function is a good idea.
This can vary depending on the room, and so for the living room, consider a storage ottoman or a toy chest so that you have somewhere out of the way to store their things. For the bedroom, consider a built-in wardrobe; you do not have to simply store clothes in there; you can store toys, shoes, and anything else that they need in there too; it frees up space in the rest of their bedroom, and they look chic and stylish too. Online Bedrooms have a vast range of DIY fitted wardrobes that are made to measure and fit your individual specifications.
Most homes have all kinds of unused spaces in their homes that would be better served as storage. These aren’t always necessarily physical spaces in your home, such as a cupboard under the stairs. You can also simply buy a small storage bin to slot under the sofa or an armchair.
When it comes to furniture choice, there isn’t really a right or wrong answer. There may be some things that you want to factor in, though. Try to choose heavier pieces that are not easily knocked or pushed over. Choosing chunkier pieces that aren’t too leggy will ensure that they cannot be knocked over, either accidentally or on purpose.
Children are also really messy, and there is no way around that, so whatever furniture you have, it is likely to get really grubby. Keep this in mind when buying your furniture; you could opt for materials that are easier to wipe clean, or you could opt for fabrics that are more durable and resistant to staining.
If you do already have some expensive pieces of furniture that you aren’t ready to part with, you could always consider buying some slipcovers. They are not the most chic of additions, but they fit snuggly enough that you won’t have to worry about your child ruining the finish of the furniture, and when they do get grubby, you can slip them off and toss them in the washing machine.
Trying to decorate your home with nick nacks and other trinkets is tough with children, especially when they are younger. They love to grab and often break anything shiny within reaching distance. So instead, try to put your valuables up higher on shelves and other things that mean your child can’t reach them and instead store the softer furnishings lower down.
Some people employ the use of museum gel, so named because it is used to secure valuables in a museum to keep them safe – even in earthquakes. It is a little reminiscent of blu-tak, in that you can break it into smaller pieces and use it to stick down your trinkets to secure them to the surface, making them far more difficult to knock over even amidst all the daily chaos.
This is a difficult one because it can be costly to change your flooring, and a lot of homes built today come with at least one area of carpeted flooring. This is because carpets get so dirty so quickly with children around. Ideally, it would be better to have another form of flooring such as laminate or hardwood, which is far easier to clean, but that simply is not feasible for everyone. Instead, you could invest in some more forgiving area rugs to try and limit the mess to one particular area that is easier to clean. Steer clear of viscose and instead opt for natural fibres as they are easier to clean, and it is often harder to notice small imperfections or stains in them.
Try to decorate their rooms in such a way to encourage them to play in there more and thus limiting the chaos to one room. For example, you could paint a wall with blackboard paint if your child has a penchant for drawing on the walls. By giving them a wall to do this in their own space, they won’t let their creativity flow in other areas.
If you opt to install a built-in wardrobe as mentioned above, you can free up a lot of floor space for them to play in. and by using their wardrobe as toy storage, they don’t have to traipse about the house trying to find the toy that they want to play with. It also makes it easier for them to tidy everything away after they are done.
You could also try to make their bedroom more mentally stimulating. Adding stimulating features such as fairy lights or other interactive pieces can help their brains develop. Some sensory things have a calming effect, such as lights, and some can act as stimulants, and so you should consider your child’s needs before committing. It doesn’t have to be a big undertaking; it can come down to giving them a few interactive features such as a blackboard wall, some fairy lights and picking the right colour paint. Colours can unconsciously evoke feelings; for example, blue is seen as a calming colour, and red can excite.
It is also really beneficial for a child to have a space that is wholly theirs in a house where they have little control over other aspects.
With only a few small, simple changes, you should be able to strike a balance between catering to your tastes and the needs of the child. It can feel overwhelming to think about all the changes you need to make to ensure your house works for children, but it gets easier once you make a plan.