Once you’ve got kids, you don’t usually want to suddenly live in a daycare. You want your kids to have fun and be safe, but at the end of the day, you’re adults and want to keep the style factor and cleanliness high. We don’t think you should have to compromise on any of that, so today, we’ve got helpful tips to get your home kid safe as well as easy to clean. Meaning, happier kids and happier parents, right?
Let’s start with the coffee table. We’re all familiar with the experiences 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.
Next on the list are the couches. Leather couches and slipcovers 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 slipcover around when you want to brighten things up.
One often forgotten part of the home to wisely think of is your walls. Not just the color, but the kind of paint you buy. Because the sheen of the paint is going to make all the cleaning difference. 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.
You know the messes are going to happen, so when it comes to your floors, skip the carpet completely. 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.
Next, is organization. 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.
Lastly, the chords. This is a time when there are more electronics than dishes in the house and you don’t want your kids getting tripped up or too curious. Make sure your chords are contained, wrapped up and pinched away from sight and not tangled up together. This not only keeps things looking neat and orderly, but out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) for those wandering curious hands and eyes.
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.