Thursday, July 3, 2014

Got Kids? 5 Simple Tips to Making a Child Friendly Home

Got Kids? 5 Simple Tips to Making a Child Friendly HomeJust about every parent has felt the anxiety of wanting a child friendly living space, both for the child's safety and for cleanliness. It's understandable too! When there are many people living under one roof, with different ages and needs, it's important to make sure everyone is taken care of.  

While we don't think your life should be turned upside down to a daycare space, there are some simple ways for both parent and child alike to feel at home. 


So if you've got kids, here are 5 Simple tips to making a child friendly home. 

Coffee Table

Whether our own children, or other people kids, we are all familiar with the harsh experience of watching a toddler fall into or near the corner of a coffee table. One way to create a safer environment is to consider using a round table, upholstered ottoman, or a few poufs in place of a traditional rectangular coffee table. 

Walls

If you can choose a washable paint sheen, you'll be investing in a great way to kid-proof your paint job. Paint colors in eggshell, satin or semigloss are much easier to clean up with a mild soap and a damp rag. If you'd rather go with a matte finish, that's fine too. Flat paints have the benefit of touch-up painting without the presence of brush marks. If you'd like to go with something fun at knee level, chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are easily available these days at most home improvement stores and create a fun way for kids to safely play and write on the walls. 

Couches 

Leather couches and slip-covers are all fantastic options for your family room furniture! You get to have the perk of quality furniture but with added protection. Many furniture companies offer stain-resistant fabric options, or will spray a protective product on your furniture for an additional fee. When considering color, remember that darker colors will typically last better than lighter ones; however, white slipcovers can be bleached.  You can always go both. Buy dark and keep a lighter colored slip-cover around when you want to brighten things up. 

Floors

Family life is filled with predictable messes like dust, spills, pet hair and food. Why not keep things simple and install washable flooring options like tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl. If you want to stick with carpet, installing carpet tiles will allow you to clean squares or replace them as needed. Another option is to invest in area rugs that are meant for both indoor and outdoor use, for cleaning ease. 

Containment

We all know that having kids around means having toys.  This is great for the kids, but it can feel overwhelming to the adults cleaning up after them.  Be sure to have baskets and containers around for easy tidying up.  Don't worry! You aren't bound to the typical primary colors and plastics.  You could add wicker baskets with lids, or place modern organizational boxes in built ins or on shelves, to neatly and discreetly keep the kid clutter tucked away. 

Your family's safety and happiness is very important to us, at Unique Home Building.  If You would like more ideas on how to make your home a more child friendly environment, don't hesitate to call and we will get you on your way. 



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