Ways to Create Safer Living Rooms for Your Kids
Over the last weekend, I visited a doctor friend in his hospital and saw a boy of about 5-6 years admitted into the hospital due to a serious injury he sustained when he climbed a chest of drawers in his mum’s room and the chest of drawers fell on him. I felt so sorry for the boy and even emphasized more with the parents.
The reality is almost every parent has had the experience of watching their toddler fall, or near-miss the corner of a coffee table. In order to create a safer environment, consider using a round table, upholstered ottoman, or a few pouf in place of a traditional rectangular coffee table.
In fact, there are plenty of ways to make your living room both adult and kid-safe:
Round and/or upholstered centre tables
Furniture items with sharp edges are potential and likely hazards for growing kids. Since they are growing and full of energy, there is a tendency they might seriously injure themselves playing around furniture with sharp edges. Eliminating sharp corners is a great way to make a living room (or any room) safer for kids, so when shopping for centre tables and side stools, consider those that are round, with dull edges, and you may also want to consider fully upholstered ottomans since these are usually in the centre of the room. It is the one kids are most likely injured by.
Secure Bookshelves and Chest of Drawers to the Walls
Safety is the number one priority when it comes to rooms that kids frequent, and one of the most important things to do is to make sure that tall and other large pieces of furniture are safely secured to the wall. Kids especially boys have a tendency to climb when they want to reach items, and if a bookshelf or chest of drawers should fall on them they could be seriously injured. While you’re not likely to encourage your kids to climb on the shelves, if there’s even a slight possibility they’ll do it, it’s well worth the time and effort it will take.
No one likes uncomfortable furniture, least of all children. Avoid hard furniture with sharp lines and look for things that are comfortable for people of all sizes. Be careful with sofas that have carved wooden parts. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style, just be sure to test out sofas and chairs before you buy or order. Also, soft pouf and ottomans that are close to the ground are ideal for kids to lounge on. In fact, with comfy pouf on the floor they might not want to even use the furniture.
Tables and Benches with Storage
When you’ve got kids you can never have too much storage. Kids can run over on toys, trip and fall; so look for end tables with drawers, coffee tables with shelves, and even benches that open up. Aside from storing your own things, it’s great to have extra space for things the kids use frequently. For instance, if your children have particular toys, books, or crafts that they use daily, they can put them away at the end of the day without having to take them up to the bedroom.
Kids are more likely to keep their things clean and organized if it’s easy to do so.
Bare floors can look great in some rooms, but in rooms where kids will be playing it’s a good idea to have soft rugs for them to sit and play on. Area rugs are often preferable to carpet, but they’re particularly good for rooms where kids will be playing because it’s easy to remove them and have them professionally cleaned if necessary.
And what’s best about area rugs is that there’s no end to the color and style choices available.
Too many accessories cluttering up the room are bound to get in the way of lively kids.
If you’re going for a room that’s kid-friendly make sure picture frames, vases, and decorative objects are out of the reach of children.
Going forward, if you have toddlers or growing kids, you may consider these tips before deciding on any piece of furniture.
Also, we can work with you and recommend designs and more tips to create a safer and friendlier living space for your kids and avoid the incidence of furniture related domestic mishaps.