Summer vacation is around the corner! There goes your sanity! (We kid … kind of). As moms ourselves, we know that summer vacation means the house is officially overrun by arts supplies, electronics, books, and toys. While we’re way over the idea our homes will ever be spick-and-span when the kids are home full-time, it is nice to have a space for them to go to play and hang out without anyone (us or them!) worrying about making a mess. Hence, we thought it was the perfect time for a post on how to design a kid-proof space, whether it’s their bedroom, a play room, a finished basement, or otherwise.
Look for kid-proof fabrics. Outdoor textiles, prints that camouflage stains, durable corduroy, and pieces with washable slipcovers are all ideal choices for creating kid-friendly spaces.
Purchase secondhand. Have you ever purchased a brand new sofa, rug or bed for your child’s room only to have them personalize it with a marker an hour later? Who hasn’t? Instead of buying brand new and shelling out a fortune for something that might be ruined a few days after it gets home, consider purchasing pieces secondhand or via consignment. You’ll save money while still getting high-quality pieces that will grow with your child.
Contain the clutter. Or at least give it your best shot. Storage furniture makes clean up easy by hiding books and toys in plain sight. Our favorites: Storage benches that replace toy boxes, and shelves with stylish baskets.
Add fun. A Foosball, air hockey or pool table is the perfect place for kids to blow off some steam for a few hours. During the summer, it’s also a savior on a rainy day!
Our picks for kid-friendly spaces: