Are you looking to make your living room kid-friendly but don't know where to start? We have some great advice and pictures to get your inspirational juices flowing!
Your living room is where you spend the most time with your family, so you want it to be comfortable but also functional. On the other hand, how do you do this without it looking cluttered? You want to make it kid-friendly, but you also want it to look nice, right?!
The struggle is real. So, we are here to show you that you can have it all—a well-thought-out, kid-friendly living room that's clutter-free but also nice enough to entertain guests.
1. Cube Storage
You can't go wrong with storage cubbies! They are a win-win for both kids and adults. You can store anything in them from extra toys to TV remotes.
One of the best features about cubbies is that they are stackable, making them customizable to your living space. You can stack them horizontally or vertically depending on where you need extra storage.
Additionally, you can buy baskets separately for closed storage or opt for open shelving to display items. Whichever option you select, cubbies are a great choice.
2. Hanging Baskets On Wall
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We like to put baskets anywhere—bathrooms, bedrooms, but especially living rooms. You can clean up your living room in no time by organizing items in hanging baskets. We prefer hanging baskets to keep items away from little hands—like remote controls or extra cords.
Moreover, keeping baskets off the floor frees up extra space for other necessary items. You can even choose this for wall decor while it still being functional at the same time. We recommend investing in some well-made and stylish baskets.
3. Bean Bags
Bean bags are a no-brainer. This one will be a crowd-pleaser for everyone in the family. Your little ones will love sitting here to curl up and watch a movie or read a book.
Don't be afraid that bean bags will cramp your style. There are many different options for pattern, color, and material. Go with a neutral color that goes with the rest of your decor to create a calming space. Or, a pop of color might be nice to keep things playful.
4. Window Seat
Does your living room have a window seat? Most don't, and that's okay, because you're in luck! You don't have to hire a contractor to build a window seat for you. All you need to do is measure the width and height of the appropriately-sized window seat and do a quick search online.
Not only is it a great option for extra storage but it will be another comfy seat for the kids to enjoy.
5. Ottoman With Storage
A storage ottoman is an excellent choice for a family-friendly living room because of its versatility. You can easily hide away books, blankets, or games while it also serves as an extra seat. Furthermore, it can be used as a coffee table for a great spot to pop out a board game or puzzle.
Another perk, ottomans are easily tucked away when not in use. Bonus if you find one with wheels on the bottom for easy maneuvering. Aesthetically speaking, ottomans can add an extra element of comfort and style to your living room that everyone in the family will enjoy.
6. Furniture Slipcovers
We can't count how many tears and dollars were saved over the years because of couch slipcovers. They are a mom's best friend at an affordable price. This is essential in a family-friendly living room so as not to ruin your furniture with food, spills, and accidents.
Normally, they are made from a stretchy, comfortable fabric and are stain-resistant, making them easy to clean. Another benefit to slipcovers is that you can easily change the style of your living room. If you don't like the color, pattern, or style of your couch, a slipcover will do the trick!
7. Round Coffee Table
Ask any parent and they will tell you a round coffee table is the way to go. The benefits are endless!
Rounded edges naturally save space versus sharp edges on a square or rectangle coffee table. It makes your room look larger than it is by creating a little bit of extra wiggle room.
And who doesn't want more space in their living room? Not only is it space-saving but it prevents bumps and bruises from knocking into the sharp corners. Indeed, a round coffee table is safer for kids, period.
8. Washable Rugs
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It can take weeks, months, or even years to find the perfect rug. However, the problem has always been stubborn stains that won't come out. Then, you are stuck with the option of replacing the rug with a new one or steam cleaning it in hopes of getting it spotless. Either way, it's costing you more time and money.
In comes washable rugs to save the day! These rugs are machine-washable, water-resistant, and stain-resistant. All you have to do is pop them into the washing machine and they are good as new.
In the long run, these rugs save you money so you don't have to constantly replace your old ones. As you can see, washable rugs are lifesavers for a kid-friendly living room.
9. Make Space For Play
Carve out some intentional space for play time in your living room. Think about where you might be able to rearrange furniture to create a little nook just for the kids. Maybe you can remove that extra chair that no one uses? Or, move the dog bed to another room in the house?
This helps cut down on the toys and clutter in other areas of the living room and gives the kids free reign to relax and enjoy. One of the best ways to do this is to put just-their-size table and chairs for coloring, reading, or blocks.
10. Display Kid's Artwork
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Have you ever "accidentally" thrown away your kid's artwork only to find out little hands dug in the trash to retrieve it? We have all been there. Kids love to create art and parents love to display it. However, it's hard to keep up with the number of papers, and then you have to find out an attractive way to display them.
Corkboards and picture frames are an easy and affordable option. The benefits of corkboards are that you can easily change out which artwork to display.
Picture frames might be more attractive, but save this for the really special pieces so you don't have to switch them out too often. Another tip: purchase a couple of plastic bins to keep the extra scraps in to prevent paper overload in your living room.
11. Sofa Table
You don't have to sacrifice style for practicality. Normally, a sofa table is long and narrow and is the same height as your couch. It is placed directly behind your couch and is mostly used to add depth to your living room and separate the space between other rooms in the home.
Although it is normally used for stylistic reasons, you can use a sofa table to your benefit for a kid-friendly living room. These popular tables are great for setting drinks on to avoid spills or for storing away extra items in baskets underneath the table.
Last but not least, it's a great way to display breakable figurines or art that's out of reach for kids.
Wrapping It Up
As you can see, it's not difficult to make your living room a kid-friendly place without having to sacrifice style and functionality. We have covered everything you need to do to create a kid-friendly living room, from round coffee tables to washable rugs. Thanks for stopping by!
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