There are a lot of things to think of when you decide to start in on a home improvement project, and sometimes details can get lost in the shuffle. So we’re here to help you with one of the most important considerations-how to keep your renovation kid-friendly!
Whether you’re planning on having kids in the future, you’re a parent, or they’re just occasional guests, our list of kid-friendly considerations will give you ideas for how to incorporate their needs into your home.
1. Sharp corners on tables and counter tops can be hazardous for kids and adults alike.
2. If you plan on using your safety gates for a few years (as those with toddlers close in age often do), then consider installing semi-permanent ones instead of cheap plastic ones. They are sturdier, more attractive, and work better.
3. An overlooked, but very important safety consideration is smoke alarms. Studies have shown that the beeping sound of a normal alarm does not rouse children as effectively as a custom alarm that has a recording of the parent’s voice.
4. Be aware of what materials are being exposed when undergoing construction. Harmful particles that were contained within walls or covered by flooring can be breathed in by anyone near. It’s always best to keep children as far away from these projects as possible.
5. Another great idea is to install a front entry air lock to prevent a child from opening a door to a stranger or escaping to play in the street.
“It’s less about designing homes and products that are kid-friendly, and more about making things usanle by anyone, regardless of their size or ability.”
-Wayne Caswell, Modern Health Talk
1. Fabrics for upholstery and drapery (like chenilles, wovens, and leathers) are best when durable and low maintenance, yet soft and comfortable. Making cushions reversible also helps fabric stand up to kids.
2. Adding a hand shower on a slide bar arm is a great idea for kids; the adjustable height and hand-held functionality allows kids both more freedom and more fun in the shower.
3. For those with inquisitive toddlers, you can make a private space for the litter box. Even if you have no children yet, a dedicated kitty room is a great idea for an expectant mother who must be extremely careful around feline waste as well.
4. Designing without giving kids’ needs a thought can also hurt resale value. For example, white carpets are often a concern for young families–consider investing in a low-profile carpet with an effect similar to jute.
“Simply put, even if you do not have kids, the decision to do things to your home which will be a concern for families with children will hurt future saleability.”
-Dawn Ohnstad, Ohnstad Homes Realtor at ColdWell Banker Burnet
1. It can be a good idea to invest in a banquet or make room for a big, comfy chair and ottoman in the kitchen. This can become a great communal gathering spot for the whole family.
2. Keeping rooms and yards open and uncluttered makes room both for playing and for adults to relax.
3. If you want your kids to have large-scale games (like ping pong or darts), think about investing in an attractive and long-lasting version of the game, so it isn’t an eyesore for years to come.
“We tend to think of kids as all haing the same needs. But they’re still people, even if they’re growing up. So, if the kid likes to read or paint, then a space dedicated to this is appropriate. If the child is porty then maybe an outdoor space is a project to put on the agenda.”
-Rob Jones, Build Direct