For couples with kids, sometimes it’s challenging to put the fun in functional when furnishing spaces at home. They have to think about whether the furniture is safe enough when kids accidentally bump into them or if the walls are easy to clean when the little ones decide to get creative and bring out the crayons.
So how do you child-proof a home while keeping each space fun and functional? Here are 7 ways to keep your home the perfect kid-friendly space.
SET UP A CHALKBOARD WALL
Think of it as a space where your kids can go crazy with their creative juices. All you need is some chalkboard paint and a free wall. Since kids love to draw everywhere, you can create this area just for them. This also will train them that there is a place and space for everything in your home. Let them know that this can be their freedom wall where they can write down their thoughts with chalk or even draw them out.
USE FURNITURE THAT DOUBLES AS STORAGE AREAS
Need to keep the toys? Or put the diapers and baby clothes away real quick? With all the new items that you need for your babies or toddlers, you’ll need furniture that would double as storage areas. Find couches or footstools that have compartments or drawers in them. That way, you’ll have a place to put everything while keeping them out of sight. You also don’t need to buy extra cabinets that will take up space if you have furniture that serves a dual purpose.
USE CARPET TILES
If you want to furnish your floor with carpet, it’s best to use carpet tiles instead of using a whole sheet of carpet to attach to your floor. With carpet tiles, it makes for easy clean-up when something spills. You can remove the tiles, clean them up and put them back on. If the spill can’t be cleaned up, then one or two tiles can be easily replaced instead of removing the whole carpet. And the designs come in different colors for you to brighten up the space too.
USE SOCKET COVERS
If you have an exploratory toddler, it’s best to buy socket covers in your home to prevent any electrical accidents. They’re functional and decorative and will keep your babies out of harm’s way. They come in different designs and there are also neutral ones that won’t make your baby curious about what’s behind the covers. This way, you won’t be worried about your kids giving themselves a literal shock.
USE PAINT WITH A SEMI-GLOSS FINISH
Semi-gloss paint is the easiest finish to clean off. If your kids decide to write with crayons or other coloring materials, semi-gloss will hold up even with constant cleaning. It also hides imperfections well so you don’t have to worry if your child decides to make your wall into their latest art piece.
INVEST IN STABLE AND ROUNDED FURNITURE
Aside from having additional storage, what you need to look out for when buying furniture is rounded edges. This will make sure that your home is safe for your child. No need to worry about them accidentally hitting and bruising themselves on your furniture.
Also make sure that your furniture does not topple over very easily. Cabinets should be secured and fastened so they don’t fall on your children if they happen to bump into them accidentally. Investing in stable sofas and stools will guarantee you your peace of mind especially with hyperactive kiddos always running around.
BUY INEXPENSIVE AND NON-BREAKABLE HOME ACCESSORIES
If you have glass fixtures or anything fragile you want to put on your table, you’ll have to reserve those for when your kids are a little bit older. There are several items you can decorate your home with that will make it stylish, chic, and still kid-friendly.
You can use several items in lieu of breakable items such as colorful fabric balls, candles, or very sturdy and thick teacups. Having sturdy and inexpensive items as your home decor will make any space in your home childproof so that even when temper tantrums happen, knocking these items over will not hurt your kid or your wallet.