There is hardly a person who doesn’t appreciate the warmth and safeness a family home provides them with. However, the term family home does not encompass just any house or apartment, as this residence should cater to the needs of everyone living inside. From small children to seniors, the design of a true family home should reflect a universal feeling of comfort. Luckily, it is not too hard to turn your residence into the perfect family home.
Countering the countertop
Since this is the room where food is prepared inside a family home, the kitchen lies at the heart interior design. Unfortunately, children often have no business being in the kitchen unless they are eating breakfast in the adjoining dining room.
You can give the little ones more room to be out and about without disturbing you if there was an extra kitchen counter. When ordering the big countertop, made from a durable material like quartz or granite, order an additional countertop that will be smaller in size and set lower in terms of height.
Literally cutting corners
A typical family consists of people of different ages and, more importantly in terms of interior design, different height. Small children are likely to bump into corners, such as the end of a table so sharp corners have no room inside a true family home. In fact, it would be ideal if all the furniture inside the house could be rounded and soft, emanating a feeling of fluffiness and serenity.
Directing home traffic
One of the reasons furniture should be rounded is the flow of traffic through the house. Ensuring intelligent traffic flow inside the house should be a priority, as a family home relies heavily on spatial functionality. By mapping out the most common routes people and children take to get from room to another, you place the furniture in the best possible way.
Extra storage space is always welcome
One thing that every home can do well with is storage space: the more the better. A family home should be designed in such a way that it offers storage space in nearly every room. The possibilities are endless: the drawers under the children’s beds, ceiling-high cupboard in the kitchen, wardrobes build into the walls of the house, and even a cupboard under the bathroom sink. The people live inside the house, the more storage space you’ll household need.
A soundproof home
We have argued that a true family home is an oasis of tranquility but to achieve a high level of calmness, you need to isolate all the sounds coming from the outside. The sounds of car horns, engines, and loud talking all have the potential to ruin the peace inside the house. For this reason, installing temperature and noise control double glazed windows allows you to soundproof your home in the most efficient manner possible. An extra benefit of double glazed windows is the prevention of heat loss during the winter months, lowering your monthly bills.
Carpet tiles for better maintenance
When children are around, spillages are bound to occur. Everything from mil to fruit juices ends up on the carpet and cleaning it is a logistical nightmare. Instead of lifting the entire carpet, you can lift just the soiled segments, which is possible if you use carpet tiles. Their small size allows them to be cleaned individually, easing the maintenance process significantly. In terms of design, these segmented carpets add a touch of luxury to your home, as if you had marble floors.
Sofas with fixed cushions
Imaginative play is essential for a child’s development. Kids often use what they can get their hands on in the house to create imaginary houses, castles, and pirate ships. In this sense, cushions and pillows are the most common building blocks of their imaginary world.
All that wear and tear means that you’ll have to renew the cushions in your house every couple of months, which adds up to hundreds of dollars annually. The best tactic to avoid this expenditure is to fix the cushions to the sofa. Some couches are sold with such cushions but you can always tie down the cushions yourself using a needle and a thread.
Hooks and pegs
Children like to leave their clothes, shoes, and schoolbags all over the house, adding to the overall clutter of the home. Telling them off all the time isn’t fair if they don’t have designated spots to hang their coats and bags. You should install pegs in the hallway at various heights so everyone living inside the house can reach them, from small children to basketball players.
There isn’t a residence on the planet that cannot be turned into a true family home if you have enough love and care. As you have seen from our suggestions above, this effort won’t cost you much, as many of the items on the list are DIY projects you can do with your kids over a weekend.