If you have children, your life is probably very child-focused. The chances are that when you go out for dinner, you eat in a place that your kids love. If you have a day out, you go somewhere that you know your children will enjoy. You stock the fridge with child-friendly foods, and always make sure that the meal you serve is suitable for your little ones.
If you are a mom, every day will focus on your children, and that’s the way that it should be. As parents, we should always put our kids first so that we can ensure that they are happy and safe. However, when it comes to our homes, it can often be hard to know how to do that.
While you most probably have child locks on all the draws, what you may be unsure about is making the designs of each room child-friendly.
Of all the rooms in the house, the living room is the space that we use most often. It’s where we socialize and spend time with our family and friends. So that is the first space that you should focus on when it comes to making your home more child-friendly.
To help you create a living room that is suitable for the whole family, here are a few tips that you might find useful.
Decorate with wipeable paint
When it comes to decorating your living room, the first thing that you need to think about is the paint. Obviously, you need to consider the color, but most importantly, the type of paint that you will use.
It’s no secret that little ones make mess, so when it comes to painting, it’s best to opt for a wipeable paint. Yes, wipeable paint does exist, and it is amazing. No matter what’s on it, from sticky hand prints to pieces of food, you can easily wipe it clean with just a sponge. You can pick this up at any DIY or home store, or online.
Get rid of the carpet
If you currently have carpet in your living room, it’s a good idea to consider getting rid of it. Children make mess, they throw food, spill drinks and are sick on everything, having carpet with kids, just doesn’t work.
If you want to make your living room family-friendly, you need to think about getting different flooring. Any flooring that you can clean by wiping it is ideal, as it means that no matter what is spilt on it, you can easily clean it.
If you are on a tight budget, laminate is a good option. It’s not only cheap to buy, but it’s also easy to fit, so you could do it yourself. This would save money on having to pay for labor when having it fitted by a professional contractor.
As well as laminate, there are also plenty of other options. These include hardwood flooring, tile flooring and slate flooring. However, if you do opt for tile or slate, you need to think about whether it’s safe for your children, as both can become slippery when wet.
Have an ottoman instead of a coffee table
Kids are notorious for bumping into things, especially things with hard edges. For a family-friendly room, having an ottoman that’s soft, instead of a hard coffee table is ideal.
If you are planning on using an ottoman as a makeshift coffee table, just make sure that it has an easy-to-clean cover. That way, if anything gets spilt on it, it won’t be ruined.
Think carefully about your couch
When it comes to choosing a couch for your family-friendly living room, there are a few things that you need to think about. Firstly, you should consider how large you need it to be – how many people are there in your family?
Once you have decided on what size you will need, the next step is to think about the best material. In our dreams, we would all opt for a plush, luxury sofa, but with kids around that’s probably not the best choice.
It’s a good idea to choose a sofa that can be easily cleaned. This means getting a leather or faux-leather design or opting for a material style that has a removable cover.
Obviously, a leather or faux-leather design would be easiest, as you could just wipe any mess off of it. However, this is the more expensive option. So if money is tight, you may need to opt for a washable material design, instead.
Go for a bamboo rug
If you want a rug that looks stylish, but won’t be expensive to get cleaned every time someone spills something on it, a bamboo rug is ideal. Bamboo rugs are perfect for family rooms as you can easily wipe them clean, so they are long-lasting and hard-wearing.
When it comes to creating a family-friendly space, one of the most important things that you can do is add personality. There are lots of ways that you can do this, from using unique accessories to putting up family photos. Adding personality isn’t hard, it’s just about incorporating the right features.
If you want to add a couple of family snaps to the space, but want to display them a bit differently, why not consider canvas printing? Everyone displays their family photos in frames, so why not be different and use canvases? This is a fun and unique way to display your favorite snaps, making the room even more family-friendly.
Have a toy area
A family-friendly room should have areas for you and your children. If your little ones are still at that age where they are playing with toys constantly, having a toy area is a must.
This doesn’t have to be a large area, just somewhere that has a toy chest and some toys for your little ones to play with. For a toy chest, consider using a simple wooden box – this will blend into the space while giving your kids somewhere to store their toys.
If you have a young family, transforming your living room into a more child-friendly space is a great idea. It makes the room somewhere that your whole family can use to get together and spend time as a family.