Are you in the market for new furniture? Buying furniture is a fun process, but if you have little kids at home you want to make sure you are buying furniture that works for kids. Before heading out to the store, think about how the new couch, dresser, coffee table, or tv stand will work in your home. Here are a few things to consider before making your final decisions for family-friendly furniture:
Is It Easy To Clean?
If you are shopping for couches and chairs, look for fabrics that are easy to clean, like microfiber. It might also be smart to stay away from light colors! For dressers and other pieces of furniture, try to think about what might be easiest and quickest to clean. Again, you might want to stick with darker colors. White dressers will show fingerprints more than a brown one.
Does It Have Removable Pillows?
If you are in the market for a new sofa, consider the pillow factor! Kids love to take pillows off the couch to build forts! But, do you want them to take the pillows off the couch to build forts? If not, shop for couches that do not have removable pillows.
Is It Flush To The Floor?
My kids are constantly losing things underneath furniture! That’s why whenever possible, I choose pieces that are flush to the ground-so there won’t be any lost cars, trucks, balls, or trinkets that roll underneath dressers and couches.
Is It Safe?
Whenever purchasing furniture, be sure to make it safe! If buying a dresser, make sure it comes with a kit to anchor it to the wall or purchase a wall anchoring kit separately. Also, if buying used furniture, make sure there hasn’t been a recall on the item; this is especially important if you are purchasing a crib.
Is It Durable?
Let’s face it: kids are rough on furniture! They jump and crawl on couches, they slam dresser drawers, and they might even try out their art skills on their changing table! Buy solid pieces that will last and stand up to all the abuse.
Is It Affordable?
Of course, you are looking for durable furniture when your kids are little, but that doesn’t mean you should break the bank! Because kids can be so hard on furniture, chances are the pieces you buy may not last as long as they would without kids in the home. You don’t want to go broke buying the most expensive pieces if they will just need to be replaced in a few years.
Hopefully, this list of questions will help you choose furniture that you love, but is also family friendly!