Trash-proof your home
Dreams of designer decor and chic minimalism go out the window as soon as kids enter the equation, but you can still maintain a stylish home by trash-proofing – ahem, we mean child-proofing - your furnishings and interiors from kids, not the other way round! Here’s how.
How to choose kid-friendly furniture
There’s nothing worse than spending your hard-earned savings on a new couch only to have your kids trash it within a week. Avoid the disappointment now by actively shopping for furniture that works with your family – not against it.
Choose easy-care upholstery fabrics in patterns and colours least likely to advertise stains. For instance Microfibre fabrics repel moisture, come in a variety of patterns, textures and suede look-alikes that are not only stylish, but also easy to clean.
Also consider leather. It may be exy, but leather has a naturally distressed look that can hide all manner of wear and tear. Plus, the long-term saving of not having to replace your sofa far outweigh the initial hefty price tag.
Another good fabric choice for families is outdoor textiles. Gone are the days of plastic chairs and aluminium tables, outdoor furniture is now super-stylish and can be considered for indoor living areas too. The hard-wearing textiles used in outdoor furniture are made for withstanding the elements and are therefore perfect for kids!
If a new lounge simply isn't in the family budget right now, save your sanity and cover the one you have, until at least the messy toddler years are over.
How to choose child-proof carpet
You can bet that as soon as you replace your old worn carpet with a gorgeous new one, your pride and joy will spill red cordial on it - even before the smell of newly laid carpet has dissipated. The smart carpet manufacturers have caught onto this annoying fact of life and there are now super stain-resistant carpets on the market that are made for houses with children. Each fibre in these carpets is coated from top to bottom with a special stain-protection solution, so when your child spills juice everywhere, the stain beads, delaying absorption and giving you time to deal with it before it leaves a permanent mark.
Along with choosing stain-resistant carpet also:
- Choose a loop pile because it's tougher and more durable.
- Steer clear of white and light carpets that will show the dirt.
- Go for nylon over wool. It’s easier to clean, cheaper and these days nylon carpet look just as good.
- Look for a carpet with a minimum of ten year warranty.
Protect your walls
If you have a little one who loves to draw, let him go to town on a designated wall and protect the paintwork throughout the rest of the house. Simply paint a feature wall in blackboard paint in a section of the house where you don’t mind having a black wall – like his bedroom, or even the laundry, and he can draw on the wall to his heart's content.
Also, if you’re thinking about repainting, make sure you choose a stain-resistant paint, just in case the blackboard wall isn’t a big enough canvas for your tot!
Consider laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is considerably cheaper than hardwood, and the higher-end laminates are actually difficult to distinguish from the real deal. Another benefit of laminate, is that it is super scratch resistant – so your child’s wheelie toys won’t ruin your flooring.
Banish toy mess forever!
While all of the above will protect your furnishings, you can also reclaim some of your pre-kids style, by storing toy mess in funky and functional storage solutions.
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This article was written by Lana Hallowes for Kidpsot.com.au and adapted for Kidspot.co.nz