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5 Ways to Keep the Home Child-Friendly

Take note of these suggestions from interior designer Kat Villanueva-Lopez

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Photography: At Maculangan (Main Photo)

The world is our playground—and for kids, they take this motto by heart, playing anywhere and with anything starting at home. With their restlessness and curiosity, these tiny humans could easily get hold of dangerous items, slip, or fall—prompting parents to design and furnish a house that takes into consideration safety at all times. 

Interior designer Kat Villanueva-Lopez shares that your home’s aesthetic doesn't have to be compromised to keep it child-friendly. Keep in mind these five tips to turn your house into a safe haven for the little ones:

Place precautionary markers

It may be a serious matter but taking precaution from accidents could be fun too! Kat shares that one of the most overlooked hazards at home are glass doors and walls which could easily be redesigned. “You may put decorative stickers to warn kids and adults alike to avoid them from running right into it,” she explains.

Another common source of accidents at home are electrical outlets. These small boxes of wonder for young minds leave most of them crying or worse, in emergency rooms. Put socket covers and spruce it up with washi tape so as not to disrupt the overall look of your home.

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Caution with cushion

Padded and upholstered furniture pieces are just some of the eye-catching guardian angels for children at home. “They’re one of the safest pieces because they’re the softest,” the designer shares. Kat also reiterates to keep furniture height in mind too. “The closer to the floor, the less impact when the child falls or rolls over.”

When shopping for furniture and accessories, take note of these reminders aside from deciding on the color and style of the piece.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Pass the drunk test

Parents could probably agree that most of the time, children act like tiny drunk adults who carelessly move from one place to another. Pretend to be drunk and sway your arms in different directions, if it reached a furniture or any décor—move it! “If this is unsafe for you (and your decor), then it is unsafe for your toddler,” Kat explains.

Photo by Marc Jao.

Do the earthquake test

Toddlers who are still learning to walk or kids who love running around could easily bump into coffee tables, table corners, or bedside nooks. “When you shake a table or cabinet and the decor falls or tips over, it is a hazard and must be removed or relocated,” Kat says.

RL Tip: Look into possible accessories and decor pieces that could easily break and place them in higher areas. 

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Consider a new layout or a redesign

It may seem drastic, but changing the layout of your home could keep you and your baby safe and sound at home.

Once you have ticked off all the preceeding pointers, redesigning the house to fit your baby’s needs may also be the path to take. Your house may still look on point, all the while keeping it child-friendly. “I grew up in a rococo house with crystal vases, sculptures, and sliding glass doors, without a yaya. I never had an accident. It's some parts of the wallpaper that didnt survive my sketching hands,” the designer shares.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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