No parent likes being a helicopter parent, but it’s hard not to. We don’t want to see our little ones get hurt, nor do we have time to take a trip to the ER all the time for random head knocks and untimely cuts. Solutions are needed to keep your home safe and where better than the living room? At Unique Home Building, we know that the living room is the most common place to find toddlers and small children, so it’s highly important to make sure it’s a space that’s safe for them to explore!
Of course, you don’t have to give up the flair of adulthood or turn your home into a childcare center. There are some efficient childproof tricks you can use that are simple and subtle.
Here are some easy ways to childproof your living room & keep your little ones safe:
Entertainment and Shelving
This is a great one to start with. Make sure that your entertainment center and any other shelves are not able to be climbed. As well, be sure to invest in wall straps to harness the unit to the wall. This way, if your little strong man decides to be a little too strong, the unit at least doesn’t fall down to the floor on onto him. Be sure to have what’s most important, fragile or dangerous out of reach and kept on higher shelves.
Cords and Such
It’s important to keep cords from becoming piles of tangled up snakes that can be tripped over, sucked on or simply played with. Children are oddly attracted to what shouldn’t be a toy, so it’s wise to keep the excess cords wrapped up well, fastened together using zip or twist ties and tucked behind and under furniture or stored in a basket.
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.
Couches and Armchairs
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.
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.
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. When using an area rug, be sure to have the rubber grip pad underneath it, to avoid the rug from moving or folding, avoiding unnecessary trips and falls.
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.