5 Ways to Design a Childproof Living Room That’s Still Grown-Up
February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
As a parent, safety for your children is always a top priority. This doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve to live in a stylish home, however. Luckily, there are a few great ways to childproof your living area while still making it look great.
1. Invest in Softer Furniture
Sharp edges and hard furniture is dangerous for little ones who aren’t quite stable or confident on their feet yet, so it’s best to opt for softer furniture when you can. For example, you can try trading in your coffee table for a nice, soft ottoman; then, you don’t have to worry about your kids falling and hitting their heads, and you can enjoy a unique yet stylish look.
2. Display Decorative Pieces Up High
With a little one in the house, it isn’t easy to display your favorite knick-knacks on your end tables anymore. Instead, opt for displaying these items on high shelves and other places where your kids can’t get to them. Not only will this help keep both your child and possessions safe, but it will also add height to your room and can look very trendy and attractive.
3. Rearrange Your Furniture
Arranging furniture the right way can keep your kids safe while also looking nice. For example, placing a piece alongside your love seat or sofa can make it difficult for your little one to crawl behind the couch or get tangled up in the wires that go to your lamps.
4. Cover Up Your Sofa and Love Seat
Spills, accidents and stains are inevitable when you have children in the house, but that doesn’t mean that your upholstered furniture has to be ruined. Consider looking for furniture pieces that have removable slipcovers that you can wash regularly to get rid of dirt and stains. It’s also a good idea to find a beautiful blanket, throw or slipcover that you can put over your furniture; if you use the right fabric and pattern, you can make a fashion statement while also protecting your favorite pieces.
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5. Use Rugs the Right Way
Rugs can make a nice decorative accent in your home and can also help protect your children from falling and hurting themselves, but it’s important to use them the right way. Make sure that you use a mat underneath or that you choose a very thick and heavy rug to keep slipping and tripping to a minimum.
These are just a few great ideas for making your home safe for your kids and attractive at the same time. If you live near MA and RI, you can count on Cardi’s Furniture for all of your living room needs. You don’t have to sacrifice style for safety anymore: Our furniture stores have a variety of beautiful pieces for every room in your home. Visit our website or come see us at one of our locations.