When you have a family, your whole life changes – everything is different – and that’s a good thing. Or, at least, for the most part it is – family life changes you in ways that you could never previously imagine. Of course, it’s not just you as a person that having a family changes, it also changes your home too, or at least, it should do.
Once you have a family, you have a responsibility to create a home that is safe and wholly child-friendly. While your home is most probably childproofed to the max, it may not be the most child-friendly space in the world – aka it may not be as fun and inviting as it could be.
Love the idea of creating living spaces that have a little more fun to them? Then read on for some simple ways that you can create fun family living spaces that don’t compromise on style and function.
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Kids love to draw on the walls, although they are (understandably) rarely allowed to. How about having chalkboards put onto the walls of a few of the rooms in your home? As that way, your kids can doodle to their heart’s content without getting in trouble and ruining your walls – it’s a win-win situation. If you’re feeling brave, you could paint a whole wall in black chalkboard paint, to create one giant chalkboard that the whole family can draw and doodle on.
Invest in quirky seating
Sofas are boring, or at least, for kids they are. So why not invest in some alternative seating options for them? How about going online and having a browse of the Sack Daddy website and choosing a couple of bean bags for your living room? Or, what about purchasing a large hammock for your kids to swing about it? If you’re really into fun spaces, perhaps you could invest in a seat swing that your kids can use to swing about indoors on?
Swap the stairs for a slide
Most parents buy their kids a plastic slide for the garden, but the braver parents opt to swap the stairs for a giant slide (or keep the stairs and add a slide in). Just think how much fun your home could be with a giant slide snaking from room to room. It wouldn’t have to be an eyesore either, as you could choose a material to create it out of that has a modern, minimalist look to it, such as stainless steel.
Have a giant games board
We’ve all seen those homes that have a secret panel of flooring that when you lift it up reveals a giant games board and games pieces. This could either be a chessboard, Monopoly, or another game of choice – it doesn’t matter what game it is. It’s little features like this that can turn a normal home into a family space that is fun and imaginative.
These are just a few ideas to get you started – there are plenty of others ways that you can make your family home more fun without compromising on function and style.