Put safety first
• Nur advises against placing stools or shelves under windows – younger children may climb onto them. “Also avoid having furniture with sharp corners, and opt for acrylic photo frames and mirrors – glass ones may shatter if your child knocks against them,” says Nur.
Mala agrees, adding that while collapsible beds or pull-out desks are great space-savers, children may get their fingers jammed in the gaps. “Drawers with self-close functions – to ensure that they don’t slam backwards – are not advisable either. Kids have a tendency to slide their hands behind drawers to pull them out, and if the retraction force is too strong, they won’t have time to withdraw their hands. A better alternative is to store toys in buckets that can be stacked on a fixed wall shelf.”