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5 Tips for Designing a Kid Friendly Living Room

kid friendly living room

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.

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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!

kid friendly living room1. 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!

kid friendly living room2. 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!

kid friendly living room3. 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.

kid friendly living room4. 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.

kid friendly living room5. 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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Kids Design Ideas: 8 Ways to Make Your Living Room a Playroom

For families with young children, the living room is usually the busiest space in the home; you use it equally for lounging, watching TV, and often as a playroom for the kiddos. As you might imagine, when your living room becomes your playroom, things can easily start to feel pretty crowded and even cluttered.

It’s no wonder that customers frequently ask for ideas on how to incorporate a play area for kids in their living rooms. To help, we gathered 8 of our favorite ideas on creating a kids playroom within your living area.

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1. Delineate With a Rug

Add a colorful rug as a way to “zone” a kid’s playroom and create some visual separation from the main living space. It’s a quick and easy update that everyone can immediately get on board with. Opt for a sturdy area rug that can stand up to lots of stomping and toy cars.

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2. Dedicate a Storage Spot

Some spaces might be better suited to a play corner rather than a playroom. If this sounds like your home, try tucking a storage bench into a corner that’s solely for your kids’ toys. Pull in a pouf and you’ll have a simple play corner set up just for them! It’s a great way to minimize clutter and contain messes since everything can be stowed away quickly and neatly.

For an added bonus, you can repurpose the bench in a new area in your home once the kids outgrow their toys.

 

 

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3. Carve Out a Cushy Corner

Little nooks in your space, such as a tricky-shaped landing at the top of your stairs, are perfect places for setting up a kids’ corner.

Plop down a few beanbag chairs and poufs, along with a small table and some storage, to create a cozy playroom that’s perfect for storytime as well as games.

 

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4. Create a Low-Furniture Nook

There are endless options for kids furniture out there, but no need to stick to pint-size pieces when creating your playroom.

Low-profile pieces, such as poufs and ottomans are great seating options for a play area – they’re small enough for kids and pair nicely with child-sized tables. They also make great perches and footstools for adults, so they’ll be sure to get plenty of use.

 

 

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5. Play Up a Colorful Alcove

If your living space is equipped with a recessed wall area, turn it into a colorful play corner that appeals to your kids in a big, bright way.

Think a vibrant sofa with fun pillows and patterns, along with a charming rug. This is a great way to put an awkward corner to use in a living space and incorporate fun colors that aren’t elsewhere in your home.

 

 

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6. Tuck it to the Side

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to play while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Stylists Tip: For a great multipurpose piece, try a couple of inexpensive coffee tables in place of a kids-table. They look nice and often last longer, so you can repurpose them easily once the play area is no longer needed.

 

 

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7. Dream Up the Ultimate Playroom

If you have a larger living space, consider converting one end of the room into a full-on play area for your kids.

This approach is all about going big. Bring in a fort, mini kitchen, and a kid-sized table and chairs to create a space they can call their own. Make sure to consider durable fabrics that can stand up to lots of romping, rolling and any occasional spills!

 

 

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8. Design a Kid-Friendly Office

Need a place to work and  keep an eye on the children? Set up a mini play corner in your home office or even work office if you have the space. Pull in a few ottomans or poufs and a low table for your kids to crayon, play with puzzles, or read. Add a shaggy sheepskin to cozy up the spot!

 

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