When you’re decorating your home, there are two things you want to bear in mind if you have children. You want to keep the design functional, but safe. After all, anyone who’s ever had, or just looked after, a baby or toddler, can tell you that little kids have an uncanny knack for finding things and getting into places they shouldn’t. It’s a parent’s and caretaker’s responsibility to keep an eye on your child, but it helps to have your home as safe as possible in each and every room.
Kid-friendly rooms does not mean that a room's design has to be dull or boring. You can still have a stylish home without sacrificing safety. To start, consult with an interior designer who has experience in designing rooms for children. When Donna Webster, licensed interior designer of Web Decors in Algonquin, Illinois, meets with a client who has children, she makes certain to ask the child’s age. “If I’m designing a home and they are grandparents, I ask them if they babysit a lot,” she says.
This helps Webster understand exactly what safety features she must include in the home for that child. In most cases, making certain what kinds of drapes and blinds are a priority when designing a room for almost any child.
“Children have died because of mini-blind cords, so there are now laws protecting children,” says Webster, who makes sure to provide notice about safety information to her clients through her newsletters.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulation with Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001. According to the Window Covering Safety Council, cordless window products offer the safest option and they recommend that owners and renters replace all corded window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products. Repair kits are also available. Don’t forget to install safety latches and locks on cabinets, drawers and electrical outlets.