Yes, you just bought a new piece of property as a family. Maybe this is your first home, or maybe you are an experienced investor, but there is an additional factor in choosing a property: a new, young family member.
There are fantastic schools and family-friendly facilities nearby, but you are concerned about the safety of your little one. There are too many sharp bends for small heads to fall into, and you also think that Junior can do some damage to existing furniture – it may be time to rethink your decor.
This is a great opportunity not only to refresh your interior design, but also to make sure that your young child is protected from the new home – and your new home is protected from them!
Looking to the upholstery
Toddlers have a habit of clambering and climbing all over everything.
The sofa is the centrepiece of any living room, but is also the piece of decor that will likely be seeing the most use – and abuse. We’ve previously discussed your options between leather and fabric upholstery, but of course now there’s a child to factor into the equation.
Leather is easier to clean, and is relatively stain resistant. However, it also is far more susceptible to scratches. Toddlers have a habit of clambering and climbing all over everything, without much due care when considering your lovely new sofa. A leather choice won’t stain as easily, and you can just wipe dirt off, but you might end up with unsightly gashes that fabric would not suffer from.
Plus, there’s the fact that leather is a lot more expensive than most fabric upholstery – is it worth the extra price if you then have to quickly replace it?
The oft-forgotten flooring
Perhaps something extra fluffy, such as a shag carpet?
Wooden floors, and certainly elegant in the right circumstances, also offer a hard surface for a small child to hit his head. Children who are still learning how to control their limbs are going to fall-a lot. Many accidents happen at home, and there were over 500,000 hospitalizations of children under 10 in 2013 alone, according to the Institute of Health and Welfare.You can keep many of those nasty knocks on the bay by getting rid of the hardwood floor and replacing it with a soft rug. Maybe something extra Fluffy like a Shag rug? On the other hand, if you don’t want to give up a beautiful wood floor, you can invest in a play mat and encourage your child to use that as much as possible. In this way they are safe and the floor does not have to hide under the rug.
Thinking outside the square
Rounded coffee tables offer a safer option completely devoid of corners.
Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes, but the classic rectangular or square renditions suddenly take on a sinister edge when the corners are at your child’s height.
However, there’s some good news – rounded coffee tables offer a safer option completely devoid of corners, while also remaining extremely trendy. If you are very much in love with the square profile, you do still have a few options. Ottomans, usually relegated to mere footstools, offer a transformative medium – you can change them into coffee tables simply by placing a larger tray or circular disc on the top.
It keeps your living room both open and safe, only bringing out the corners when absolutely necessary – and when you have your eye on the little one!
A new house is an exciting prospect, but it always pays to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, especially when you’re catering to a child’s needs as well. Whether you’re selling your current home or looking for a new one, make sure you get the right information from the start of your search to the finish by talking to a local real estate agent.