DIY Projects

By Samantha Daly -

How to Childproof a Modern Home

How do you make your home safer for your children while still feeling like it’s your own? Just a few small changes can protect your kids from harm without sacrificing your stylish space.

Make Cleanup Easy

  • Kids are constantly making a mess, so it’s in your best interest to store away or avoid altogether furniture that has high-maintenance fabrics like silk, linen, or suede. When buying furniture, look for pieces that either have stain-resistant fabric or are easy to clean.

Declutter

  • Pack away trinkets away as they are easily stepped on, tripped over, or eaten.
  • High shelves and bookcases can come in handy if you want your smaller mementos to be out of reach but still visible.

Stabilize

  • Invest in sturdy furniture! When shopping, make sure your new pieces don't wobble, as this can run the risk of being knocked over and either hurting your child or breaking.

Soft Flooring

  • Consider carpeting the floor to prevent bumps and bruises when your toddlers fall down.
  • If you aren’t ready to give up your hardwood or concrete floors just yet, rugs are an easy way to add a modern centerpiece to any room and prevent injury.
  • Nonslip rug pads will also come in handy to prevent running children from tripping and falling or knocking over another piece of furniture.

Consider Materials

  • Glass and metal furniture may have to hide from sight for the time being, as they are easy to break or get hurt on.
  • Assess your possessions and nix any that contain lead or toxic paint.

Beware of Sharp Corners!

  • If it’s not the whole object kids are hurting themselves on, it’s the sharp corners. You can easily replace typical offenders like coffee tables with stylish ottomans or pointy wooden chairs with smooth plastic seating.

Electricity and Fire Hazards

  • Hide cords and power strips, and make sure to use plastic covers for electrical outlets.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep it covered and install a baby gate once your child can walk. Put all tools out of arm's reach.

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