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Your Must-Read Guide To Making The Home More Family Friendly
12 May 2016

Your Must-Read Guide To Making The Home More Family Friendly

Kids bring a new challenge to the experience of owning and living in a home. Suddenly, you have to take the whole family into account. If your home isn’t prepared already, you’re going to spot a lot of changes you need to make. Get ahead of it by preparing those changes now. Read on to find out how to make your family home safe and a great place to live for everyone involved.

 

The garden

Let’s start off with one of the best spaces of the whole house. A garden needs to be able to fit everyone’s wishes. It should provide an area for the kids to play as well as one for the adults to relax and enjoy their evenings. Keeping a raised patio provides that functional space for you while dug sandboxes give a place the kids can play under your watchful. Just make sure you make decks safe so they don’t make a tripping hazard.

The kitchen

The heart of the home and also a room that’s going to need a lot of work. Particularly if you have small kids. We all the dangers posed by kitchen cupboards and the things inside them. For small children, ensure you’re thorough in using childproof locks. Keep any cleaning materials well out of reach. The danger might be obvious to you but children normally just see boxes and bottles with bright colours and design on them. These same tips go for the bathroom, as well. If the oven or any kind of cooker is on, make sure you have someone there to supervise.

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The bedrooms

Organising the bedrooms in the house to accommodate the whole family is about learning who needs what in their rooms. If your children are small, you should make sure furniture in their room, as well as yours, is safe and doesn’t provide a tripping hazard. For teenagers and older children, they’re going to need plenty of organisational space as well. Try provide them with a desk in their bedroom and some drawers. If they can organise all their school stuff, it’ll make it a lot easier for them to do school work in the home.

Get creative

It’s not just about safety and utility, of course. The home should also be a place where you and the kids can get inspired. Creative activity is essential for good emotional health, so make some space for it. It could be as simple as having chalkboard walls in some of the rooms. It could be setting up a room as an office where anyone who needs it can work on creative projects. Make it a place you can use together, too. Even if you can’t dedicate a room to it, just carve out a corner instead.

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Make a place for everyone

Making a family home is all about making sure everyone has their own space. But it’s also about having spaces where everyone can come together. That’s one of the reasons you might want a deck and a table to eat on together on nice days. Or furniture of different sizes and comfort levels in the living room. If it’s a communal area, try to make it as friendly to the kids as it is for you. One way to do that is to use a soft coffee table instead of one that could pose a danger in the middle of the room.

Shared spaces

Being able to have places where the family can come together is hugely important. But as we said, everyone needs their own space. Sometimes you can’t give a whole room to each member of the family. We all know how often siblings need to share rooms and how badly it can go. However, giving them their own space within that room can help. It can be as simple as setting up a partition. Use multi-tasking furniture, too. Beds that come with desks attached serve as a perfect personalised space for the individuals in the room.

The main points we keep coming back to are personal space, togetherness and safety. The family home needs to be able to accommodate the needs of each individual member. It also needs to give a space where those members can come together. Safe spaces for everyone to work, create and play. As your family grows, their specific needs will change. Just make sure that you keep those three core points in mind, however. That way, the solution to any one challenge that crops up should only take a little creative thought.

Lan An

Lan An is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Lan An attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

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