Is your home in need of some child-friendly improvements? Whilst you may have to sacrifice some stylish features to make it a more practical environment, you don’t have to give up your home entirely to your kids. Here are some ways to improve your home that don’t require sacrificing too much.
A Child Friendly Home
Lock away household hazards
If your children are just learning to crawl and explore, you may want to consider locking away any potential hazards in your home. This could include cleaning chemicals, garden tools, sharp kitchen utensils and razors. It’s possible to get child locks for cupboards – locking these items away could stop your kids from getting their hands on them (there may even be items that aren’t dangerous but potentially fragile that could be worth locking away). Alternatively, you could save buying locks and simply store these items in high cabinets and cupboards where they’re out of reach.
Buy socket covers and door guards
To stop kids poking around in plug sockets, it could be worth buying some socket covers. These can be bought in packs and are relatively cheap. You can also buy door guards that can prevent kids’ fingers getting trapped in doors. Products such as this safety pack contain various safety features such as socket covers and door guards – these don’t require making any permanent modifications to your property.
Add an anti-slip mat in the bath
Kids love to play in the bathtub, but this can be a slippery surface that could cause a nasty injury if they fall. It could be worth buying an anti-slip mat to place on the bottom of your bathtub. You can even buy tap protectors that could stop kids hurting themselves by falling on taps.
Increase your storage space
Having kids can result in a lot of clutter whether it’s baby equipment like playmats and baby bouncers of kids toys. Increasing your home’s storage space may be in order to keep this clutter under control. If don’t have the room for extra cabinets and cupboards and don’t want to upsize, you could consider buying some multi-purpose storage. You can get footstalls and even sofas with inbuilt storage, helping you to cut down on living room clutter. There are meanwhile lots of beds with inbuilt storage beneath.
Add slipcovers to your sofas
Stains from chocolate and baby sick can be difficult to scrub out of fabric sofas. Buying slipovers for your sofas could help to prevent these stains. These slipovers can be easily cleaned rather than having to constantly scrub away at your upholstery – some are even machine washable. The likes of this store have many trendy slipover sofas can keep your living room stylish and practical. You can also get covers for dining room chairs.
Choose scrubbable wall paint
It’s worth also protecting your walls from stains and felt tip marks. Opting for a scrubbable wall paint could make it easier to clean off these marks. There are lots of stain resistant matt paints out there on the market that are certain to do the trick. You can also get high gloss paints that are easy-to-clean – these are great for kids’ bedrooms as they’re very bright as well as being easy to clean.
Child-proof your flooring
You may also want to take steps to protect your flooring. Carpets and children often aren’t a good mix, but if you like your carpets you could always opt for carpet tiles. This way, if you get a bad stain, you can simply replace the tile rather than having to replace the whole carpet. Wooden floors are usually good for kids, although they can get damaged by things being dragged along them. If you’re looking for a child-friendly hard flooring choice, vinyl may be better suited.
Create child-friendly zones
You can dedicate certain zones of rooms to toys and child’s furniture, allowing you to still decorate the rest of each room to your taste. You could also allow your kids to personalise these zones hanging up drawings here or placing Lego displays. This could help to contain kid-related clutter to a corner of the room, rather than having it strewn about the house. Having their own private zone could also prevent them from going to wild when playing – they’ll learn which zones are for adults making them less tempted to climb on furniture and play with ornaments and kitchen utensils.
Encourage outdoor play
It’s worth adding some outdoor features to make your garden more kid-friendly – without these, your kids are more likely to want to stay indoors in front of the TV. For younger kids, consider features such as a sandpit or a Wendy house. For older kids, you can meanwhile consider features such as trampolines and soccer nets. If you’re a keen gardener, you may want to create a child-friendly zone. This gives you your own space to plant the shrubs you want and build your dream garden, whilst children still have a space to play.
Build a Kid’s Den
Kids love dens – they’re private escapes for exploring their imagination. Dens can also benefit adults as they create a designated zone for kids to make their own, rather than having to give up other parts of the house. A den could be an outdoor space such as a tent or a treehouse, or it could be an indoor tent. Cubby holes and spaces under tables can be great place to form dens as they feel more hidden away. Get your kids to help you build this den – they’re more likely to feel that it’s their space if they had a part in creating it.