Designing the Perfect Family Home: 7 Tips

It’s not easy designing a family home. There are many different things that you need to take into consideration, one of them being your children’s safety. You need to avoid buying things that could pose a threat to your children, like jagged objects, or large glass vases standing on tables.

If you are moving into a new house with your family and want to design it so that it’s perfect for everybody and looks great, then this post has you covered. You will find some tips for designing the perfect family home right here:

Buying Textiles

One of the first things that you need to think about when designing a family home is the textiles that you are going to use. If you plan on using curtains, then browse a range of material types until you find the one that’s right for your family. It’s best to avoid natural fabrics because it can be hard to get stains out of them. If you have young children and pets, then choose a synthetic curtain fabric. You also need to think about things like blankets, throws, rugs, and wall hangings. Keep anything valuable (i.e., rare tapestries or Persian rugs) out of the reach of children.

Sourcing Furniture

Ideally, the furniture used in a family home shouldn’t be too expensive. This is especially true if you have young children. As your family gets older, you can begin investing in more expensive furniture. However, buying expensive furniture when you have young children around will only lead to disaster. The same is also true if you have pets. Make sure that the furniture you buy doesn’t have jagged edges, either. Young children aren’t the most aware creatures and regularly bump into things. If your furniture has jagged edges, it could seriously hurt them.

Glass Objects

In most people’s houses,  it’s common to find vases on tables. If you are designing somewhere for you and your family to live, however, then it is a good idea to avoid using glass vases, or glass objects of any kind. Children can very easily knock vases off. If they do, then they could seriously hurt themselves. Fortunately, you can buy alternatives to glass vases. It’s possible to buy plastic vases. Plastic vases are just as good (and still look great) but there is no risk  of your children knocking them off.

Non-slip Mats

If you have hard floors, then put down non-slip mats. These mats will stop your children from slipping over on them. Children tend to run around a lot. If you don’t have non-slip mats down, then they could fall over and seriously hurt themselves, running on hard floors. Non-slip mats are widely available and very affordable, making them a fantastic option for protecting your children. Make sure you get mats large enough to cover your floors. Alternatively, you could invest in a rug. If you are buying an expensive rug, then buy a plastic cover for it, so your children do not damage it.

Creating Privacy

Do you want people walking past your house to be able to see inside? If the answer’s no (which it no doubt is) then consider putting some trees up in your front yard, or even a tall fence. The more private your home is, the more comfortable you will feel there. If you are going to plant trees, then try to buy semi-mature ones. You can order semi-mature trees straight to your house. While they do tend to be a lot more expensive than seedlings, they grow a lot faster and provide protection and privacy more quickly. 

More Sunlight

Let as much sun into your home as you can. A lot of people make the mistake of blacking out their windows, making their homes dark. Your home should be a bright, airy place. Creating a bright and airy home will help to make it more comfortable and relaxing for your children. Also, since energy bills are soaring at the moment, letting in sunlight will help to increase your home’s temperature. Increasing the temperature of your home will mean that you do not have to use as much gas or electricity to heat your home.

Smart System

If possible, invest in a smart system. A smart system will help you to keep your home safe and ensure that you don’t have to do as much manual work, like turning the oven on or locking the doors. Smart systems can be expensive but help to create safer and more convenient homes.

If you have a young family, then you need to make sure that your home’s design factors that in. Designing a family home is not difficult but does take time. Be sure to incorporate the tips put forward here into your home’s re-design.

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