The joy and stress of welcoming a child into your life can be overwhelming, to the extent that you may neglect one of the most fundamental considerations, which is the design of your home. All too often parents neglect to consider their home’s design until they later realise that it is not child-friendly in terms of both safety and comfort.
While each home, and family, are different, there are a number of fundamental considerations that first-time parents should be aware of, especially if they are planning on staying within the same property for an extended amount of time. Since renovations can be disruptive and costly, it is better to have them completed before a little one is welcomed into the home. To help put you at ease and ensure that your home is well-prepared, here are the basics every parent should assess before their child is brought home.
A Child’s Space
Your home is set to no longer be entirely your own. The areas in which you enjoy and relax within are soon to become filled with toys and noise, then, at a later date, a young adult too. As such, it is paramount that you compromise your designs or risk the stress of a cherished item of decor being ruined.
For some, this integration comes naturally, and their living space is relaxed enough that a child’s presence, and belongings, can be incorporated with ease, however, this isn’t always the case and with a greater number of residents now working from home, dedicated spaces are more important than ever. If you’re not able to create such a space within your own home, then consider an external building, such as shed renovations and log cabins, since these are customisable to meet one’s needs.
While one should be careful about inadvertently creating an indoor climbing frame, designing your home to elevate decor and furniture from off the floor is a fantastic way to give your child the space they need to play and learn. This is important because children benefit from having the room to be physical and any constraints, such as might occur from your favourite plant or guitar, might cause frustration.
Such items can easily be elevated and even hung from the wall, enabling more space to be enjoyed by your little one, without the risk of damage.
Texture And Colour
Children thrive in variety and it can be incredibly exciting for them to interact with different textures and to be among various colours too. If you have a home that is relatively modest in its design, it might be worth considering the pleasure your child will get out of it too. A child, for example, will revel in bright colours and, without this, they may find it hard to feel at home or comfortable. While this doesn’t mean every parent needs to decorate their property with vibrant paints, it is supposed to suggest a diversification in aesthetic, ensuring that a child’s personality is represented too.