Kid Friendly Furniture, Buying Guides for Children Furniture
Kids are wonderful, but they are also wonderfully messy and can be fabulously destructive. It is for this reason that I could never understand why people with kids would get white carpet, an elegant couch and a thousand dollar coffee table. Buying things like that when you have kids is just asking for something bad to happen. Sure you can teach your kids not to jump on things or throw things in the house, but accidents can and will happen. So if you have or are planning on having kids, you need to use a little discretion when buying furniture for your home.
One of the first things that you will have to realize is color matters. You will want to avoid white or semi-white colors. Light blues and pale yellows are included in this list. These colors, especially for carpet, are just asking for stains. Anyone who has kids will tell you that spills happen, but so does vomit and bleeding. Any of these could make a nasty mark on your couch or carpeting, and isn't that the last thing that you will want to worry about if your child is throwing up? Stick to browns or some other darker color. If you insist on having some kind of a lighter colored couch, buy a cover. These come in a number of different colors and generally, if you get a decent one, you can't even tell it's on there. This way if there ever is a stain, and there will be, you can simply take the cover off and throw it in the wash. It comes clean easier and allows the couch itself to be whatever color you can get your hands on.
Once you've finalized on a color for the different rooms in your house, you can start on furniture selection. You won't want buy the most expensive items out there for the same reasons you don't want white furniture. Kids aren't easy on furniture, so you may want to avoid any delicate fabrics or woods. Since these tend to be a little more expensive anyway, sticking to the cheaper is better method will work well for you. Talking about woods though, you may will want to watch for the design of the different pieces that you are selecting. When picking out end and coffee tables, avoid anything with sharp corners or edges. Buying something like that is just asking for a cut or gash on your kids head. Find things with rounded corners and when looking at furniture like couches and chairs find something with very few hard surfaces exposed.
Depending on the age of your children you may also want to consider size of each piece too. Sometimes couches and chairs can be pretty high off of the ground making it difficult for kids to get up and easier for them to fall off. Sometimes this is something that you can't avoid, but it is something to keep in mind. If you can't seem to find something that is low enough for your child, consider getting a padded step stool or box that they can use to get on the furniture.
The final thing to know when buying kid friendly furniture is convenience dominates all. If you can find an end table or coffee table that doubles as a toy or movie chest take advantage of that. These generally look great on the outside and are normally padded all the way around, but then have a huge storage space inside. Here you can keep your child's movies or toys when they aren't using them. This way you won't always have to head to their room to get toys or blankets for them, you can just grab them from this hidden toy box.
Whenever you are buying furniture and you have kids you will want to make sure that it is kid-friendly. Safety and convenience reigns supreme and look and style come second.