When it comes to childproofing your home, you don't have to say goodbye to style. Safety always comes first, of course. But that doesn't mean you have to compromise the ambiance of your home or hide its intricate craftsmanship. Furthermore, in Greenville where many homes are older, making your house safe for a little one can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be! Here are 7 simple ways to amp up the kid-friendly factor in your house without compromising on style and subtlety.
Cut Down On Small Items
Hiding or getting rid of potential choking hazards is a great way to simultaneously rid yourself of excess clutter and organize your home. Small, miscellaneous items, leftover packaging, and knick-knacks can be packed out in favor of larger pieces. Not only will this give your home a cleaner, sleeker, and more minimalistic ambiance, it will improve the household for your child in a variety of ways. From reducing choking dangers to preventing the accumulation of dust and dirt, to opening up more play space, the benefits of purging on trinkets are immeasurable.
Hide Electronics & Wiring
Hiding your electronics and their corresponding tangles of wire will provide a safety benefit as well as an aesthetic one. When it comes to kids in the home, less is always more. Tie and cover cables and add barely-noticeable outlet plugs to any exposed outlets.
Replace Your Curtains
Curtains present a multitude of hazards for children. Opt to replace them with something simpler and harder to grab at — roller or Roman shades, plantation shutters, or cellular shades are safer, more efficient, and less attractive of grime and debris.
Round Your Corners
Soft or rounded removable corner guards are an effective method for preventing bumps and bruises from running into sharp wall corners. Foam or padded stripping can also be applied to glass table edges, stone mantelpieces, or other potentially painful surfaces.
Add Beautiful Locks & Hardware
Keep off-limits rooms truly off-limits so that you can decide when baby goes in or out. Subtle interior door locks will do the trick, as will additional locks or handle covers on cabinets and drawers within.
Secure Furniture To The Wall
By simply securing large pieces of furniture, such as dressers, china cabinets, and desks to the wall, you can rest well knowing none of it will tip over.
Hide Your Appliances
One of the best things you can do both for your at-home aesthetic and for a child's safety is to hide your appliances. Microwaves, toasters, and coffee machines can be found behind locked cabinetry; even refrigerators, dishwashers, wine chillers, ovens, and stoves can be tucked behind smooth veils of wood. In addition to living free of the worry that your child will be able to access any of the hazardous items behind these doors, you'll be left with a gorgeous and endlessly efficient kitchen that always looks put together.