Living in a small apartment with kids can be quite challenging for parents.
Trying to come up with as new and practical ways to design and decorate kid-friendly spaces that will be suitable for the whole family. This might sound complicated, but in reality, it’s easier than you can imagine. Here are some decorating tips you can try out.
When decorating an apartment, your kids’ safety is your number one priority. You can use safety locks and bolts to add protection to the cabinets, install anti-scald devices and use plastic plugs to cover any unused electrical sockets. They are cheap, easy to install, and they won’t interrupt the decor of your space.
Buy Dark Coloured Furniture
Every room and piece of furniture in your apartment is constantly used and sometimes abused. Your couch and chairs are likely to suffer from all the jumping, colouring and sticky fingers. So you can expect to see a lot of stains and marks that can be hard to get off. With that in mind, it might be a good idea to get your furniture upholstered in dark-coloured materials that are easy to clean. Or use covers that are machine-washable in order to protect your delicate furniture. If you don’t want dark colours or covers on your furniture, you can get them made from indoor-outdoor fabric that’s quite resistant.
Storage & Organisation
When decorating a small apartment with kids, you want the space to be nicely organised and free of clutter. Use floating shelves in your kids’ bedroom to hold all their toys. Jazz them up by painting the shelves in your kids’ favourite colours or use colourful fabric for the shelf lining. Also, under-the-bed storage solutions are super practical for storing seasonal clothing and extra toys. To avoid clutter in the closets, use hanging shoe racks to keep the shoes nicely organised.
Add Area Rugs
Area rugs will not only protect your carpets and hardwood floors but also provide your kids with a safe “play zone” where they can sit and play with their toys. The rugs are also great for toddlers who are learning to walk because they provide a soft surface. You can get area rugs in many kid-friendly designs and prints. There are also many different material options, from polyester to more organic materials such as cotton and wool.
Re-Think the Bathroom
The bathroom poses one of the biggest challenges for children who struggle to reach sinks and climb into deep soaking tubs. Luckily, you don’t need to start from scratch and totally rebuild your bathroom in order to adapt it to your kids’ needs. You can simply do some small bathroom renovations to create a kid-friendly space. Such as installing different fixtures, adding stools and some storage space for their towels and bath toys. This way, your kids will be able to use the bathroom independantly, take care of their hygiene and develop healthy habits.
Give Children Some Space
Even if you live in a very small apartment, it’s important that kids have their own space for homework and school projects. You can easily set up an area equipped with a desk, an ergonomic chair and a variety of school supplies and books. Let your child decorate and personalise the space with their favourite photos, posters or toys.
Don’t Overdo It
Kids can be loud and their toys are usually colourful, so you’ll need some empty space that’s not occupied with kids’ stuff. It’s important to have a corner where you can relax and unwind after a long day.
Living in an apartment with kids can sometimes be a challenge, but if you just make some small changes in decor and design, your small apartment can feel like a two-story house.
This article was written by Arron Hiddleston.
I am interior design blogger with three years of experience covering home improvement and garden renovation. I love sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people. I’m a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator.