Tips for a fam­ily friendly home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WHETHER you are start­ing or grow­ing your fam­ily, your home must adapt to new ar­rivals. Re­gard­less of whether you live in a semi-de­tached house, condo, villa, apart­ment or palace, ev­ery home needs to make changes to be­come child-proof.

The first thing is to make safety a pri­or­ity. Whilst the in­te­rior design of your home is im­por­tant, safety should be the fo­cal point when pre­par­ing for a new ar­rival to your house­hold.

This in­cludes in­stalling child­proof gates at the top and bot­tom of stair­cases; mak­ing sure swim­ming pools are sur­rounded by a se­cure fence; and keep­ing any­thing out of reach that may be deemed dan­ger­ous.

To­day, it is pos­si­ble to buy shock­proof switches and sock­ets for all elec­tri­cal out­lets. Cu­ri­ous kids are of­ten drawn to plug­holes, so in­vest in ad­vanced de­signs with au­to­matic shut­ters, which make it im­pos­si­ble for your chil­dren to ac­cess the sock­ets.

Don’t scrimp on stor­age Chil­dren tend to need a lot of things — from toys to clothes, strollers to cribs. Smart stor­age so­lu­tions will not only help make space for all of their es­sen­tials, but pro­vide an out-of-reach area for those pre­cious pieces of pot­tery.

Make sure you have enough room, by in­stalling ad­di­tional shelves, bas­kets and hang­ers, and mak­ing the most of un­der­bed stor­age space. And it is in­evitable that walls will gather food stains and crayon marks over time.

Get ahead of the game by in­tro­duc­ing black­board paint to your in­te­rior design plan. This way, draw­ings can be done on the walls, and you can even use the space to leave notes and lists.

If you have al­ways dreamt of hav­ing a cir­cu­lar bed, now would be the time to make the in­vest­ment. Sharp cor­ners are com­mon enemies for small chil­dren, who of­ten bump their heads when ex­plor­ing the house. If cir­cu­lar fur­ni­ture is not your style, buy spe­cial edge pro­tec­tors and cor­ner guards to avoid in­ci­dents.

Con­sider colour Whilst white may once have been your colour of choice, you can­not es­cape the fact that it is not prac­ti­cal for your fam­ily home.

Pre­par­ing your home for a new ad­di­tion of­ten means mov­ing away from more neu­tral shades.

Darker coloured car­pets will hide those muddy foot­prints as your chil­dren get older and more ad­ven­tur­ous, whilst bolder colours are said to stim­u­late brain growth and de­vel­op­ment in new-borns.

Up­cy­cle When your chil­dren are old enough, your favourite cof­fee ta­ble will be turned up­side down and used as a boat, and the sofa will be­come a tram­po­line. To avoid the risk of ru­in­ing fancy fur­ni­ture, mod­ify old pieces that can han­dle the wear and tear. It is im­por­tant to cre­ate in­di­vid­ual spa­ces that your kids can call their own, in­clud­ing dens, arts and craft ar­eas and play­rooms.

Make sure you have a place for the whole fam­ily to spend time to­gether. Whether this is a big­ger din­ing ta­ble, or a com­fort­able, re­lax­ing space in your liv­ing room, as your fam­ily grows, your home space needs to adapt. — La­mudi

Bolder colours are said to stim­u­late brain growth and de­vel­op­ment in new-borns.

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