Buying a brand-new house for your family is one of the biggest achievements in life, and getting it furnished from top to bottom is very much part of the fun. You don’t have to bring in an interior design company, nor do you have to hire in a painter and decorator to get it looking good. Your home is going to do very well for itself with you in charge of it, and all you need is a good vision for what you want your home to be. For most people, they buy a house before having children and plan their home according to the children that they hope to add to the home as time goes on. If you are moving to a new home with a baby already in tow, you’ll already be thinking of ways that you can make your new house child-friendly. Sure, trendy décor and statement pieces of furniture with designer labels may be attractive and you could be tempted into buying them, but when you’ve got children running around, you need less of the glass cabinetry and more soft edges and thick rugs that don’t hurt small knees.
Most houses aren’t designed with children in mind. They’re designed for practicality and everyday living, which means it’s up to you to make it as child-friendly as possible. A lot of people don’t tend to baby proof their home, believing that they can teach children to be safe. Perhaps houses with more than one bedroom should be designed with children at the forefront of the thinking of the designer, but until that day happens, it’s up to you to make it work for your family. We’ve got some quick and dirty hacks for getting your home family friendly in the best way:
Dirty Tip 1: Living Room Play Area
If you live in a home with more than one floor, you are very likely to want to keep some of the children’s toys downstairs and to hand. There’s nothing worse, though, than having brightly coloured, loud plastic toys laying around the living space. You need more discretion than that. Adding stylish storage that is easy to reach for the children to the living room is not just smart, it’s important! You want to retain some control over the décor while allowing the kids to play and have somewhere to store their favourite toys.
Dirty Tip 2: Create A Family Eating Space
TV dinners may be something that feature on the television, but that doesn’t mean you have to indulge in it. Buying a beautiful dining table and modern dining chairs creates a space for your family to eat together and enjoy a meal with conversation. Make sure you place the dining table away from screens and use it as a space for quality time.
Dirty Tip 3: Lower Coat & Towel Hooks
Children need independence and the best way for them to have that is to handle their own coats and towels. Install lower racks for them to reach and you can give them a way to be independent without spending too much money. There’s no need for damp towels on the floor when the kids can reach their own hooks easily!
Dirty Tip 3: Space For Reading
Your lounge may be a space that is contemporary and beautiful for adults to enjoy, but other than the hidden toy storage, what about the children? Check out these reading nook ideas for them to chill out in the same room and relax with a story. It’s a place that encourages imagination and mental exercise, and you should provide as many chunky cushions to sit on as possible. Comfort over style all day, every day.
Dirty Tip 4: Soup Up The Garden
When you have an amazing outside space, you need to utilise it. You don’t need to install the latest and greatest in climbing frames, but you do need to give the children an incentive to play outside and be in the fresh air. A DIY sandbox like this one is a great sensory play zone for the children and it’s a great way to ensure endless hours of play in the sunshine.
Your home is going to be a place of security and comfort for you, and it has to be that way for the entire family, as well. That means making the home as open and comfortable for the tiny humans in your world and giving them somewhere to relax and unwind.