6 Kid Friendly Living Room Essentials

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I remember growing up and visiting my Grandmother’s house. She didn’t have a very kid friendly living room. You weren’t allowed to sit down if the furniture wasn’t covered in plastic so that it wouldn’t get damaged. It was uncomfortable especially in those summer months. The heat of the summer combined with the slippery plastic made for the most uncomfortable hours of my life as a kid.

I knew that when I had kids of my own I wanted to have nice things that weren’t covered in plastic, even though I understand why my Grandmother did it. Kids are destructive. Babies are messy. It’s just a fact of life. A few weeks ago we ditched our dingy red sofa for a luxurious new sectional from CORT Furniture Clearance Center. The one agreement that we made as a family was that we would take better care of this couch than we did the last.

Once the sofa set foot in our home, we decided that we would make our kid friendly living room as livable as possible with no plastic covers anywhere in sight. If you’re like us and on the hunt to make your living room more kid friendly, here are 6 essentials to consider when designing the room.

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6 Kid Friendly Living Room Essentials

1. The right fabric is key!

When we were shopping for our new sofa, we already knew what fabric we wanted. We’ve always loved microfiber so that was what we decided to go with. Microfiber can be easily treated with a fabric stain protecter to help make those spills and stains easier to get rid of. Another great option is leather too. However, we decided against that for our kid friendly living room because it’s not the greatest quietest options. If you’re kids are anything like mine and constantly hopping on and off the sofa, I would skip the leather too.

2. An open floor plan is great for entertaining.

Open floor plans are all the rage these days. They allow you to keep an eye on the kids and are great for entertaining guests.

3. Add pops of color to brighten the room.

Pops of color can brighten up any space and lighten the mood in any room. I love going for bright colors in kid friendly rooms. Colors like pinks, yellows, and blues are great options. Hints of gold are a great eye-catcher too. I love changing the colors seasonally with pillows and throws.

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4. Don’t forget the personal touches.

Just because you have a kid friendly living room doesn’t mean that you can’t add some personal touches. I love adding pictures, photo albums, and artwork to a space. A fun display of your kids artwork can add the homey touch your home needs.

5. Washable pillow cases and throws are a must.

Remember how I said kids are reckless? You’ll want to keep that in mind when designing your living room. When you’re shopping for accent pieces, remember to choose only the throw pillows that have removable cases that can be washed.

6. Hidden storage is priceless.

When you have kids, it seems like you have an endless supply of things. Over the years you accumulate more stuff than you know what to do with. Storage in your kid friendly living room is priceless. Hidden storage like a storage ottoman or photo box is perfect whether you’re wanting to store toys, keepsakes, or movies.

Do you have a kid friendly living room? What are some essential design elements you used when creating your space?

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  • Reply
    Fatima Torres @ Motherhood Through My Eyes
    08.18.18 at 8:15 pm

    Good thinking on the washable fabric. A lot of new moms always ask what they’ll need in their living room after having kids. This is a great list for them.

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    Mei Redillas
    08.20.18 at 12:52 am

    my favorite part are the hidden storage and washable pillows. just don’t let your toddlers discover the hidden storage because it’s their favorite place in the whole wide room! lol

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    Tina Hogan Grant
    08.20.18 at 12:56 am

    Love hidden spaces. I have a few ottomans that store the grandkids toys and work as seats too. Love them.

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    Tiffany Haywood
    08.20.18 at 10:12 am

    Great tips! We skipped microfiber this time around and I totally regret it! I agree about pillows. I have been searching for more to add to our couch because no one wants to hear 3 Kiddies fighting over 2 pillows!

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    Ladonna Batiste
    08.20.18 at 9:45 pm

    These are excellent tips that you have shared. You can’t beat this if you have kids. Your kid friendly living room essentials are the best.

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    katrina gehman
    08.20.18 at 10:19 pm

    i love hidden storage in furniture, like LOVE! great tips.

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    Autumn Murray
    08.21.18 at 10:49 am

    I completely agree! Washable fabric/microfiber is the way to go for furniture – especially if you have kids. Hidden storage is always a plus as well.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    08.21.18 at 5:01 pm

    We have a ton of toys in our living room so hidden storage is a great tips for household with young kids living in the house.

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    Marie Kait
    08.21.18 at 9:21 pm

    Hidden storage is an absolute necessity! We live in a small home, so anytime I find something with a dual purpose, or hidden storage, I jump on it! haha

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