Living rooms are often designed to accommodate adults. Those of us with kids, fear purchasing sophisticated furniture. Keeping the whole family in mind, create a living room that accommodates to you and your children. Try these design compromises.
Don’t give in to the toys. You want to compromise, but do not over-compromise. Not only will you become overrun by clutter to stub your toes on, but it creates an unwelcoming and unnavigable space for guests. Most toys should be kept in the bedroom and there are storage solutions in the
Storage for toys will clear a lot of the mess. Ottomans sometimes come with available storage. Or you can have a wooden toy chest used as a coffee table. Trunks look vintage and you can store tons of board and card games in it.
Store movies and books out of sight to gain extra display space.
Cubby-like shelving will help to organize a lot of trinkets and some toys or your kid’s artwork. Just make sure to not have the shelves looking like storage bin. To avoid this, adding shutters to shelves provides a clean appearance to your secret mess.
Designated play areas are ideal if your living room is large enough. Have a toy bin, coloring books, and preferably small scale furniture in their own little nook. A small table and chairs or bean bags will allow kids to do basic artwork. Depending on their age you might want to add plastic furniture like a kitchen set where they can wait on your desks. If you have little girls, a dress up bin is a great play area theme. Play areas provide kids with an escape from boredom but they will be close enough to come show you things they are making or doing.
You can separate the play area by adding a floor-to-ceiling column.
Furniture arrangement in the living room should allow room for recreational activity. Make sure there is a surface or play area near the sofa to play board games. You still want to keep some fun in the immediate area. Other factor to consider in furniture is stain resistant rugs and darker furniture and curtains that mask stains.
Stereo systems are a fun addition to a kid-friendly living room. It shows relatability, especially to older kids. Music is energetic and uplifting for everyone though. You are never too young to dance. Music always is a powerful scene setter when played at the right volume. Don’t drown out your guests.
Kid-friendly living rooms are all about compromise and input. Talk to your kids and get creative.