As a parent, designing a beautiful home can feel like a real struggle. You want a space that is safe and welcoming for kids, but you also don’t want to feel like you live in PeeWee’s Playhouse (no offense to PeeWee). The struggle is especially real for high-traffic rooms, like your living space, that see a lot of daily use by both adults and kids alike. If you’re looking to design a kid friendly living room with style and function, you’ve come to the right place.
If we know anything, it’s that beautiful design and a home full of children are not mutually exclusive. We’re here to arm you with a few practical and stylish design tips that will turn your family’s space into the ultimate kid friendly (and adult approved) living space.
Keep scrolling for 5 of our favorite kid friendly living room design tips!
1. Find a Forgiving Rug
First things first: When designing a kid friendly living room, a forgiving rug is a must.
Keep your little one and your rug happy by choosing a rug that’s durable, easy to clean, and free of toxic chemicals. Skip silk and synthetic fibers, which stain easily and can be expensive to clean, and opt for a wool or natural fiber rug instead.
We love natural fiber rugs because they come in large sizes at affordable prices, but if you’re not a fan, consider an indoor/outdoor rug instead. Available in a range of colors, patterns, and sizes, these rugs are made to withstand heavy wear. A great option for households with furry friends too!
2. Choose Fabrics That Do More
When it comes to a kid friendly living room, your sofa, chairs, and pillows will all be subject to climbing, jumping, spills, and various arts and crafts projects. Be sure to pick fabric options that balance comfort and practicality.
What to look for:
- Fabrics with tight weaves and high rub counts. These are sure signs of durability!
- Leather! If you’re willing to spend a bit more, leather is a great option because you can easily wipe away spills. No need to worry about scratches, which blend right in as your leather sofa’s patina develops over time.
- Slipcovers are another great choice. When spills happen, simply peel off the cover and toss it into the wash.
- Pieces with busy patterns or multi-tonal fabrics will also help to disguise blemishes. So, don’t be afraid to choose a chair, rug, or even pillows sporting a bold and graphic print!
3. Cut Corners
Create an “owie-free” zone by avoiding any furniture or decor with sharp corners and edges.
This is especially important if your kids are just learning to walk. Consider nixing pieces with sharp corners or anything made of glass.
Instead of a coffee table, try swapping in a large ottoman – or even two poufs – to keep your seating area totally void of sharp edges. Some options also offer interior storage and double as a comfy footrest.
If you don’t want to forgo a coffee table completely, a round option can also be a great way to eliminate sharp corners. If you go this route, opt for wood surfaces, which hold up to scuffs and scratches and are less sharp than glass, metal, or stone tops.
4. Get Strategic With Your Storage
There’s no denying that kids have a lot of stuff. From toys, to art supplies, to books, a kid-friendly space should always incorporate plenty of low-maintenance storage.
We say, opt for enclosed storage which easily conceals clutter and helps keep your space looking neat with minimal effort.
A credenza is great for storing toys and small knickknacks and can do double-duty as a TV stand. An ottoman or bench with interior storage is another great option. A few pretty baskets are also great for stashing toys and clutter in a pinch (and look much cuter than plastic bins).
Stylist Tip: While open shelving and storage options are lovely, they do require constant upkeep to keep them looking great. If you don’t want to commit to high maintenance storage a great alternative is to opt for closed storage pieces.
5. Make Room for Play
All practicality aside, kid-friendly spaces should feel welcoming for your entire family. Mix in some fun, colorful artwork on your walls to give your space a less serious note that your kids will appreciate.
Consider also incorporating a play corner in your living space. This way, adults can supervise from a distance while kids have fun nearby.
Stylist Tip: Choose a few nice frames and put up artwork by your kids next to your decorative pieces. Sometimes it’s these small personal touches that make gathering spaces feel perfectly relaxed for everyone in the family.
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