When it comes to decorating your kid’s bedroom, safety comes first. Of course, you want it to look good and to be functional, and you want your child to like it. However, you also want it to be safe for your child to spend time in it without your supervision. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that should help you keep your kid’s room healthy, organized, and safe.
Keep it properly ventilated
The air in your child’s room should be as clean as possible, since a stuffy room can harm your child’s health. So, consider installing a few window or ceiling fans to keep the air in the room moving. The fans should be small and quiet, so you can leave them on even while your child is sleeping or studying. Also, open the windows whenever you can to let some fresh air inside, and try not to overheat or overcool the room. Finally, introduce some plants into your child’s room; they can not only purify the air but also make the room look more lively and chic.
Make sure there are no sharp corners
Needless to say, you need to choose appropriate furniture for your child’s room. Of course, it should be stylish and interesting, but it should also be safe. This is especially important if you have a young and active child that likes to run around. With that in mind, the furniture you choose for their room shouldn’t have any sharp corners they could bump into. Luckily, there are many different options with rounded corners, so all you really need to do is keep that in mind and pick the desired color and style.
Conceal the electricity
Electrical cords, wires, and appliances, in general, can be very dangerous, especially if you have a curious child that likes to touch and poke everything. Since you can’t and shouldn’t control their curiosity, you need to make sure all electrical objects are out of your child’s reach. This means that sockets should be covered by a plug, power strips hidden or covered, lamps secured so they can’t be knocked over, and wires tucked away and not easily removable. For instance, in Australia, newer homes that were built or renovated between 2010 and 2014 tend to be at greater risk from faulty wiring due to bad cable insulation. So, if you live in the Land Down Under, and you’ve renovated your home recently, make sure to consult a qualified electrician and get your wiring checked.
Secure the tall objects
Whenever there are lamps and shelves, there’s also the danger of them falling on somebody’s head if they happen to bump into them. A good way to prevent that from happening is to secure such objects by fixing them to the wall. Also, make sure to check for any loose or broken parts every month or so. If you do find any, get them repaired as soon as possible – it’s better to be safe than sorry, and you never know when an accident could happen due to one tiny broken piece.
Think about the lighting
Considering that kids have more sensitive skin and eyes, too much light can be harmful to their development. Indirect sunlight is the best option for a kid’s room. However, since that’s not always possible nor enough, you should opt for a not-too-strong overhead light and a few stronger lamps. This way, they will be able to direct the lamps’ light in any necessary direction, like their desk while doing their homework, and their eyes won’t be affected by the too bright overhead light.
When designing a kid’s room, it’s important to think about your child’s needs and safety. Luckily, child-proofing a room is not as hard as it might sound, and there are many furniture options that are both safe and stylish. So, make your child’s room safe, organized, and healthy, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about while they are in it.