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When you’ve got a young family, your home is a safe haven for memories to be made and shared. You’ll soon find your home needs to be comfortable and safe, and take on a whole host of forms – a learning environment, playground, kitchen; you name it. So your little ones are as comfortable as possible, there are a few little home improvements you can make to ensure both their safety and enjoyment. Here are a few ideas for you to try.
Home Improvement Ideas for Family Homes
Mini Hooks for Coats and Jackets
When entering the house, your little ones will be able to hang up their own jacket. Finally, they’ll feel like a real adult (kind of)! Underneath your own coat hooks, put up some hooks further down the wall that are the perfect height for your children. It’s a good idea to use hooks that attach using a stick-taped back, as you’ll need to move them and eventually take them down as they grow.
Child-Size Kitchen Worktops
When you’re cooking in the kitchen, it’s not unusual for children to want to help out where they can. To make helping even easier, why not create a small workstation for your child to use? It can be made to fit their height perfectly, rather than having to stand on stools or be lifted up every time. They’ll be feeling more adult, and it’ll help you to keep the rest of your work area tidy. A child-friendly kitchen is a happy kitchen!
Cute Lighting in Your Garden
Lighting your garden works twofold; it looks great but also gives you added safety as it gets dark. Especially during seasons with less daylight, youngsters might want to play outside even with very little light left. Lighting up the garden helps them play for longer, and you can make it look amazing by choosing the right lights.
It’s no secret that having a family means needing a lot of storage. Depending on the size of your home, you may need to get creative with how you store things. Dual-purpose furniture works really well, such as an ottoman that opens up to reveal storage underneath. If you’ve got a traditional toy chest, why not add pillows and blankets on top so it can double as extra seating if needed.
Young children are much more susceptible to allergens and diseases that are carried in the air. It’s worthwhile testing the quality of the air in your home, to reduce the risk of illnesses being carried. If the quality is below what it should be, you can look into air purifiers to improve it. Small changes such as houseplants can also help to increase the oxygen levels, and make the air feel cleaner.
Make an Indoor Tepee
Perfect if you’re lucky enough to have a separate play room for your children. This can be as simple as creating an easy frame structure out of wood and covering with pieces of cloth. If you don’t fancy winging it, there are a ton of DIY tutorials to help you out. You can make them as comfortable as you like, and they’re the perfect place for relaxing with a book or playing with toys.
Given, this might not be the best idea in places that chalk could cause real issues. Whilst this may be best left away from the cream carpets and best furniture, in a playroom or kitchen a chalkboard wall is a great way for you and your children to get creative. Create doodles and decorate the walls how you wish, then start again the next day. It’s also a great place to list daily chores and family to-do lists. Simply use chalkboard paint or wallpaper and you’re good to go!
If you’ve got hard floors, such as wooden or laminate flooring, it can prove to be a bit of a slip hazard. Large comfy rugs look great, add warmth; plus children love to lay on them! If you do go for a rug, attach non-skid pads to the bottom to stop them moving around too much and prevent accidental trips and slips.
What child-friendly home improvement ideas do you have?
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