Your home’s living room is usually one of the biggest and most stylish rooms in the house. It’s where you can display some of your most beloved decor and furniture items and also the area you spend the most time in—especially if you have little ones! Designing a home is already difficult, and designing with kids in the picture adds even more to the mix! If your living room design needs to accommodate kids or babies, it’s important to have kid-friendly coffee tables to avoid the danger of sharp corners in the home.
The good news is that kid friendly living rooms don’t have to skimp on style! Read on for some of our best tips for finding a kid and baby safe coffee table for your living room.
1. Choose Safe Shapes
Coffee tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The main thing to look for in kid-friendly coffee tables is sharp edges, which keep your kids safe from painful bumps and bruises. Round shapes skip these sharp corners and pose less of a threat to little ones. This wooden coffee table and soft, rattan poufs also have rounded edges so kids can navigate the room without any trouble. We also love the texture and patterns they create in the room!
2. Opt for Soft and Stylish
In addition to steering away from sharp corners, it’s also helpful to stick to plush options when choosing a kid-friendly coffee table. Choosing an ottoman or poof made from soft materials is an easy alternative to traditional coffee tables and can also be used as extra seating. Many options also have hidden interior storage—a double whammy!
Pro Tip: Put a tray on top of a plush coffee table to get the function of a solid top on your coffee table. This also makes it easy to pick up all your items and move the table for more play space on the floor.
3. Look for Smudge-Free Style
Glass coffee tables are a popular choice for living rooms because they can make a room appear bigger and blend in with many styles. But if you need a baby safe coffee table, steer clear of certain coffee table materials like glass—it can present a definite safety hazard. Glass can also be hard to clean up and we all know sticky fingers smudge easily. Try to look for materials that clean up easily, like this stylish leather table or a leather ottoman. These pieces fit perfectly into rustic style living rooms.
4. Go Natural
If you like more organic looks, there are plenty of kid-friendly coffee tables made from natural materials with a softer feel. Again, skip high-maintenance tables that require frequent cleaning and heavy, hard tables like stone in favor of natural materials. This woven seagrass table is soft with rounded edges for extra safety, which is extra great if your living room doubles as a playroom, like this one.
5. Seek Out Low-Maintenance Looks
Choosing low-maintenance materials means that you don’t have to worry about a little wear and tear on furniture. Look for materials that don’t require constant maintenance or that can stand up to kid’s play. Weathered woods with a patina are a great choice and won’t show scratches/scuffs. If you go upholstered, stick with performance fabrics that are stain-resistant and easy to clean. Slip-covered options that are machine washable are also a great choice.
6. Sneak in Savvy Storage
Most kid-friendly homes tend to have lots of toys floating about! This can easily lead to a crowded, messy look and nobody wants that in their daily living space. Furniture items with plenty of interior storage make for an easy place to stash kid clutter. It helps you to clean up quickly by tucking toys, games, and books into interior storage in between playtimes.
7. Skip It Altogether
There is no rule that says you 100% need a coffee table in your living room! If it’s not important to you or your overall design, it’s totally okay to skip it altogether! A big, woven living room rug like one also helps open up space for more play at home. You can also try a coffee table alternative, like these wooden building blocks or a funky leather ottoman. Check out these stylish coffee table alternatives for more ideas!
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