Let’s face it. Babies and small children are incredibly messy! They get sticky, and they get that stickiness all over your beautiful home. If your decor is looking a little worse for wear, think carefully before you replace any of it. The last thing you want is for your newly decorated home to look a mess in five minutes!
The furniture is often the first place kids head to when they have food or drink in their hands. Your poor sofas won’t last if you don’t fully child-proof them. Have a thing about leather or a vinyl leather mix. Most of us choose fabric because it provides a softer, more comfortable surface. But fabric can stain. It can harbor nasty smells and germs too. Leather can be wiped down, and is less likely to mark or stain. Use a machine washable throw to make the surface warmer and cozier in winter.
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Carpets are another problem when you have kids. Dust, germs, and stains are all keen to make your life difficult when it comes to keeping carpets clean. Non-fabric floor coverings, like laminate flooring, are much easier to keep clean and hygienic. They’re also easier for toy cars, ride-on toys, and puzzles. Try a machine washable rug to create a softer surface for the baby to crawl on. It’s easier to move and much easier and cheaper to replace if disaster strikes!
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For all the children in the world that have a talent for art, your walls are the perfect canvas. However, it’s not just the marks from crayons and paints you need to be concerned about. Greasy finger stains, dinks and dents from thrown toys, and the scuffs of bumps all leave their marks on your walls. There are some very good hard wearing paints out there. Bathroom paints also tend to wipe clean a little easier than others. Make sure you paint at least two coats to avoid minor scuff marks.
Coffee tables with sharp corners or glass can be incredibly hazardous with toddlers around. These short tables are also the perfect height for them to play games on. A nest of tables can provide you the additional surface you need. If you have space, why not provide a large play table that you can cover over in the evening when it’s grown up time?
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As your tiny tots get bigger, they may join you at the family dining table. A table protector commonly used to protect against heat is ideal when there are children about. Add an attractive oil cloth and any spills or spatter are easily wiped up. The wood is protected from cutlery and cup bashing! Best of all, the surface is that little bit softer to avoid glassware smashing if the table gets pushed.
Messes will always happen, but you can lessen the damage and destruction with these simple tips. It is possible to have a beautiful house even when there are lots of kids about. Just remember, you’ll miss the chaos when they’re all grown up! Enjoy your beautiful house and the joy of your children.