It’s quite an adjustment from having two adults sharing a nicely decorated, tidy, home to suddenly finding an array of children’s things everywhere. The key is finding proper storage for everything, in a way that looks smart, while ultimately making life easier for the whole family.
For a living room, choosing pieces of furniture that have multiple uses is the best way to go. A lovely wooden sideboard can display a vase of flowers and some family photos, while also creating a storage space for the kids’ blankets and toys. TV cabinets or ottoman footrests work brilliantly this way too – and mean that your kid’s stuff can be stored within arm’s reach so nobody has any accidents! The smarter storage units mean that you have your nice living room for relaxing
or entertaining in the evenings, while the kids have a playroom during the day and you may also want to consider adding a smart home hub
to your room so you can turn your home into a smart home.
Having a dining room that works for everyone can take some creative thinking, but it is possible. Choosing a tall cabinet that can be affixed to the wall means that any fancy china or glassware can be safely stowed away from prying hands. Again, utilising height effectively, lower shelves can be saved for children’s things –
plastic plates and placemats, tablecloths, or a little hostess might want to have a tea party set within easy reach. This makes it easier once little ones are old enough to start helping with mealtime preparations, like setting the table.
Creating a kitchen is a priority once kids learn to walk, so think carefully about where you store equipment. The knife rack might have to be moved into a
lockable cupboard for a few years, with ovens and power sockets at waist height as well to minimise accidents. That said, it can be worth having some counters (or substitute a folding table) at child height, for little helpers during baking sessions. Considering how varied the use of a kitchen is, from crafting dinner to studying, it can be worth designating a drawer for storing books and school supplies.
Storage is another biggie when adapting a bathroom to fit four or more people – you’ll need space for everyone’s toiletries, child-proof space for razors, as well as bathtime toys. Nautical themed bathrooms
look classy but remain fun for kids, especially if they can have toy boats for bathtime. If you have enough space, consider having two cabinets: a bathroom mirror cabinet, for storing razors, makeup, and parent stuff; and a ground-level chest in which you can store spare linens
and bubble bath.