7 Important Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Living Room

The living room should be stylish and comfortable for everyone. Keep reading for 7 important tips for creating a family-friendly living room.

7 Important Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Living Room from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Everyone deserves to have a stylish family-friendly living room that accommodates every member of the household. You can’t very well enjoy the space if you’re fearful that the kids will end up ruining your exquisite furniture.

Is there a balance? Can you make room for everyone?

First-time parents can find this particularly frustrating. You spend your hard-earned money to plan your living room only to have it in a constant mess when your little ones arrive.

In this article, we explore 7 important tips to help you create a family-friendly living room that everyone loves. Read on.

1. Install Built-In Shelves with Hidden Storage

Suppose you love DIY projects and can build this in a weekend, great! However, if you’re like the rest of us mere mortals, you can bring the professionals on board to knock it out in a jiffy.

On the other hand, if that sounds too pricey, there are lots of amazing hacks you can find in online tutorials to create built-in shelves with hidden storage for your family’s living room. Keep the top shelves adult-friendly by styling them with some unique signature pieces.

Make the space at the bottom kid-friendly with cabinet doors behind which you can shove all the kids’ toys when you have company over. You can go from mess to chic in no time at all.

2. Keep the Coffee Table Round

There’s nothing worse than buying a superb coffee table only to then plug in those ugly kid-corner safety bumpers. The thought of doing this is cringe-worthy.

Manufacturers of footstool coffee tables are in high demand as consumers look for unique furniture pieces to complement their home decor. Footstool coffee tables offer a practical and stylish solution that can be used in any room. They provide extra seating with the added benefit of having a flat surface, perfect for resting your coffee mug or laptop while you relax.

If you’re unsure what type of coffee table you should get for your kid-friendly living room, you can never go wrong with a round table. If you have little kids who are always running up and down the house go for something less wooden so to speak.

Getting an ottoman instead is a wonderful alternative. That way you have a space that looks like adults live there while also offsetting any potential bruises from your kids wrestling around.

3. Baskets Under Console Tables

Nothing says grown-up like having a console table in the corner. There are so many ways you can style it to change up the whole look and feel of your living room.

Like the built-in shelves with hidden storage underneath, you can style the table with all your favorite art pieces, family photos, books, or flower arrangements. In short, add anything that you feel adds flavor to your space.

You can add two large baskets at the bottom to store the kids’ toys. It not only adds texture beneath the console table but it makes it easy for the kids to pull out the baskets, grab their favorite toys and throw them all back in once they’re done playing.

4. White Sofa Slipcovers for Your Family-Friendly Living Room

Before you start hurling stones at the idea, here’s why white slip-covered furniture is a great idea for your living room. If you have kids who are a ball of energy (or adults who are spill-prone) white spill covers are the most low-maintenance way to keep your living room clean.

If by the end of the week you notice stains from spills and dirty hand prints on your actual sofa fabric, you’ll likely have an anxiety attack. If this is a repeat occurrence more so after you’ve spent quite a bit of effort getting the stains out, well you might end up in the ER.

To avoid this, having white slipcovers on the furniture instead, means you’d simply take them off, throw them in the wash, add bleach, and voila! Problem solved! Make sure the covers you get fit snugly over your sofas.

5. Stay on Top of the Clutter

Make a point to tidy up every time you leave the room. Don’t wait for a specific point in the day to get rid of all the clutter.

If you do, chances are you might not do it at all. That’s the point you begin to lose control over the entire room.

Create a housework strategy that requires every person leaving a room to put away the clutter, keep things orderly and take any dirty dishes to the kitchen dishwasher. You shouldn’t clean up after anyone other than yourself. That way, your living room always looks clean and clutter-free.

6. Socialize the Space

At the risk of stating the obvious, a stylish living room also needs to feel cozy. It should be warm and inviting to encourage family members to spend most of their time there socializing and spending quality time together.

One way to do this is to create an intimate space by incorporating large squashy sofas, puffy feather-filled cushions, and throw blankets. Go for shades of fresh white walls with blue and pink accents to keep the room bright.

7. Use Family-Friendly Flooring

Dark wooden flooring in the living room not only adds a measure of warmth but also renders a classic look to the whole space. If you want it to feel snug, you can’t go wrong with a large fluffy rug in the center of the room. 

Pay attention to the layout of the space too. Arrange your family furniture in a way that leaves a large floor area open so that the kids have room to play as well.

The Bottom Line

Having a chic but family-friendly living room should be the ultimate goal of every household. We hope you find the tips in this article useful to create a space that you’re not afraid to have the kids play in while having a parent-friendly living room at the same time.

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