Children are curious, inventive, and naturally possess a unique perspective of their environment. For these developing human beings, life itself is an adventure. Young children in particular are clever with making virtually anything interactive; they interpret their environment rather than react to it.
Adults view the environment in terms of form, shapes, and structures and as background. So if something like a couch is in a public place, adults will interpret it only for its socially acceptable use, for sitting upon. Children, on the other hand, interpret the environment holistically and evaluate it for all the ways they can interact with it. (Source: White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group)
From the time they become aware that they exist, to the time they realize it’s time to strike out on their own, there is a journey of discovery along the way. As a parent, you both help direct and go along for the wild ride.
Setting the stage for your child’s development is key to helping them grow into well-rounded adults—with your home being the place where you have the most influence with regard to safety, health, learning, and enjoyment. Home is where you establish traditions and build memories they keep for a lifetime.
Designing child-friendly rooms within your home has become both science and art, while acknowledging a return to a more blurred line between adult and child areas, as well as the freedom to decide how the rooms in your home are designated and used.
Environmentally friendly options for flooring, cabinetry, countertops and more give you an increasing number of options for providing your children with a healthy home.
There are plenty of choices for creating the best environment for your family, and the ProSource Showroom team is ready to help you determine what will work best for you and your budget. With this in mind, here are some general recommendations for you.
Designing A Child-Friendly Home: The Starting Point
Begin with age appropriate design with flexibility to grow with a child.
Think in terms of comfort, ease of cleaning, style, fun, and durability (and rounded edges for really young children).
Consider kids’ love sitting on the floor and up against/hanging off of furniture, and how that impacts your flooring selections.
Designate play and study areas.
Remember that young children prefer shared sleeping space with more common areas for interaction, while grade schoolers to teenagers crave increasing privacy.
Incorporate accessible storage for young children to help develop independence while making them feel more involved with family activities like cooking, baking and housekeeping.
Consider a “stage” area for role playing activities, which helps develop inter-social skills.
Examples Of How ProSource Can Help
Design: Optimizing your plan for a child-friendly home
Organization: built-in cabinetry, pull out bottom drawers for easy access
Durability: flooring (able to sustain drops, drags, etc.), cabinetry (like a semi-gloss paint finish to minimize fingerprints and staining), countertops (engineered stone, for example)
Flooring, generally: making your selection based on lifestyle and budget
Carpet considerations: like dense cut-pile so that spills and dirt/grime remain on surface for easier cleaning; eco-friendly options
Kitchen and bath: child-friendly cabinets and countertops, storage/organization, sinks and toilets, faucets (including touchless)
Kitchen: 30” high countertops in a designated section for easy access, learning to cook and bake. Useful for adults as well for baking prep (kneading, etc. ergonomics); ease of use of tall appliances and toasters
Message center/family hub: cabinets with designated slots/areas for each person
Accessible snack area away from main cooking section
Built-in stool at sink, folds back down into toe kick
If You Are Considering Carpet For Your Child-Friendly Home
The beauty, performance, value and sustainability of carpet make it the right choice for your home. Carpeted floors cushion the impact of slips and falls, dampen noise and make it easier to learn and concentrate. Today’s carpets are environmentally friendly, engineered to resist staining and fading, and withstand even heavy foot traffic. (Source: Carpet and Rug Institute)
When it comes to creating the best home for you and your children, you’ve come to the right place with ProSource Wholesale. We’ve helped many families like yours design a home that not only looks good and is highly functional and healthy, but also stands the test of child time.
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