Finding the right furniture that matches your home style and your lifestyle as a family can be tricky. Getting that balance between creating a welcoming home and a home that can withstand the trials of parenthood, can become costly so that’s why Furnish Your Home have suggested these simple, kid-friendly ways to introduce good looking pieces without the worry of having to constantly replace hard to maintain fabrics.
1. Glass top tables are hardwearing, durable and safer than you think
There is almost nothing more heart breaking than spending a fortune on a dining table only for a few days later to discover an ink or scratch mark that will forever catch your eye at dinner time. Many people think a hardwood table is the best option for a family dining table because of its hardiness but don’t discount glass top tables either. They’re easier to clean than wooden table, which can be left stained and marked and they’re a lot more durable than you think as glass top tables are now made with tempered safety glass, meaning it’s resistant to scratches and heat and it won’t shatter if knocked. Glass top tables are also great for more easily reached surfaces too like lamp and coffee tables and will make your home appear more spacious and light filled.
2. Opt for bold and patterned furniture
Now that your tables are sorted, let’s move on to upholstered furniture like sofas and dining chairs, which can be a real nightmare for attracting stains from spilled sippy cups, shoe scuffs and sticky fingers but bold and patterned fabrics can help disguise stains from appearing so prominent until you can find a spare moment to clean everything properly. Dining chairs are the worst offenders for harbouring stains from dinner time or pen marks from when little ones get tired of drawing on paper or the walls. There are lots of styles and colours to choose from but we found that purple worked best for hiding a magnitude of marks and rich pigment colours, like purple are bang on trend for Autumn.
Melbourne Stripe Dining Chair with Walnut Legs // Furnish Your Home // £85
Abruzzo Aubergine Fabric Chair // Furnish Your Home // £170
Melbourne Aubergine Floral Fabric Oak Legs // Furnish Your Home // £85
3. Create a space that’s just for them
While the idea of keeping children in just one area of the house is unrealistic, creating a space that’s just for them is quite easy – like their bedroom! Include their own style of furniture that will be more appealing than the furniture Mum and Dad like to relax on. Children’s furniture can be both stylish and practical and themed beds are a great place to start the fun or for double trouble bunk beds are one of the most versatile beds - they can be a two-storey castle, a fort, an invisible hideaway, a superhero’s liar or the world’s tallest mountain.
With these simple ideas living with old, ruined furniture is a thing of the past, you can have beautiful furniture without having to live in fear of it being ruined as soon as it’s through the door. Assess the lifestyle of your family and your needs, and then determine what pieces in your home can be replaced with one of these suggestions. Remember to opt for dark fabrics where possible and consider a durable and easy to clean glass table top that will balance out heavier and darker fabrics. Create an entertaining space to encourage children to spend more time in because children are what make our home beautiful but parents still need somewhere lovely to retreat to in the evenings!
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.