Children-Friendly Home Materials
If you are planning a remodel or home build, you’re probably contemplating what building materials to use. If you have children in your home, you may be wondering what materials work best for their active lifestyle. There are so many options, and it can seem overwhelming to navigate at times. Here are a few materials you may want to consider.
Hardwood cabinets.Young children can have a tendency to bump into kitchen cabinets with toys and other items. When choosing your cabinetry material, hardwood is best. Hardwoods, like hickory and maple, are naturally more resistant to scratches than softer woods like walnut and alder. If you do have a scratch, wood cabinets are easy to sand and repair, unlike wood veneer.
Satin paint. When it comes to choosing a paint finish, you’ll want to choose a finish that is more resistant to fingerprints and easy to clean. Matte and flat finishes are extremely difficult to clean, where finishes with more gloss, like eggshell or satin, are easier to clean and can disguise fingerprints.
Rounded corners. If you have young children, you may want to consider rounded corners on things like: drawer pulls, counter tops, and tables. Children can easily bump into sharp corners and hurt themselves.
Carpets. Carpets are great for young children because they are soft, easy to walk on, and can cushion falls if needed. Since children spend so much time on the floor, it’s important to regularly clean your carpets to ensure they are free of dirt and grime.
Laminate. If you aren’t a fan of carpeted flooring, consider a high quality laminate. There are many varieties that look like wood, but are extremely durable. It’s a great option for areas with high foot traffic.
If you are ready to remodel your home, we can help. We’ll walk you through our showroom and help you choose the best materials for your lifestyle, budget, and needs.