Don’t sacrifice style for function!
“Design is not just what something looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” Anon.
It is possible to furnish your home with furniture that both looks good and works well. Here are some tips we have gleaned while researching into this topic and sourcing products fit for ordinary, everyday Australians and their families.
Safety is a must
Furniture that is tested and found free of chemicals is a must for your child’s health. Opting for round or beveled edged furniture ensures that children are kept from injury. To ensure high cabinets/chests do not fall on young children you need to invest in pieces that come with anti tip prevention.
Durability is key
We get that children will jump on sofas and beds and upend your lounge room/family room making houses and forts. This is part of a child’s development and displays their gross motor skills. So what you need is durable furniture that can withstand wear and tear. Choosing furniture manufactured from heavy duty materials such as solid timbers, stainless steel and upholstery fabrics tested to international standards is a must.
Kid friendly fabrics
Dark upholstery makes inevitable spills less of a calamity as it is generally easier to disguise spills and scribble marks. Choosing upholstery fabrics that have been tested to international standards e.g. detecting fabrics are formaldehyde/chemical free and colour fastness to rubbing/light is important for both your child’s safety and the decor of your home.
Don’t be afraid to use colour
Bright pops of colour provide stimulation for young children. The ability to identify colours is considered a marker and milestone in a child’s cognitive process. Recognising the colours and identifying the colour names is an important part of a child’s development. Early identification of colours helps to create the cognitive link between visual clues and words.
You will need LOTS of storage
With a family comes the need for storage. Try a bookcase bed with space for kids to display and store their favourite books and toys.
To store extra toys, bed linen and other bulky items why not invest in a gaslift storage bed? Read more about the benefits of storage beds here
You will need a good Bedroom / Accent chair
When reading, sharing stories and talking to your children you need a good comfortable chair to sink into. Read more about the benefits of reading to children here
Also to read more about the benefits of integrating accent chairs into your space read here
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