November 25, 2015

Furniture in the home: Keeping the kids in mind




When there are kids in the house, safety is second to none, but unfortunately there’s no guarantee that you can keep your eyes on your children every minute of every day and accidents do happen –  it’s just part of life. However, there are ways to ensure that the amount of mishaps that happen around the home are limited as much as possible that don’t include just wrapping their nearest and dearest up in bubble wrap.

The home possess many elements that can lead to accidents, but few cause as many as furniture; be it beds, chairs or even Furniture Market dressing tables, there have been more knocks on the head, banged knees and stubbed toes than people care to think about – and that’s just for the adults! Children, meanwhile, have a great deal more energy than us grown-ups and it tends to do more damage when they run into things, therefore it is imperative to make sure that furniture is both safely built and are made child proof to avoid any nasty injuries.

Bunk/cabin beds

I remember back in the day when I was fortunate enough to have a cabin bed that was combined with a desk and a bookshelf underneath, and it was, safe to say, brilliant. Beds such as these, along with bunk beds prove very popular with the younger generation, but you have to make the correct judgement of whether your child is old enough for one.

On the face of it, bunk beds and basically any bed that requires a ladder to get into should not be available to kids under the age of six, as they might not understand the dangers of such an object. Also, the bed itself should meet certain safety regulations that include the implementation of guardrails on each side and they should be at least 5” above the surface of the mattress.

Ensure that the ladder is also durable and secure.

Blanket chests

For young children, one of the busiest places within the bedroom is the blanket chest where the toys are usually kept, but they can also be places to watch out for safety blackspots.

Some toy chests’ lids can easily close suddenly and in the event of such and occasion, a child’s figure(s) may get trapped if they can’t act quickly enough. It is a good idea then to implement a locking mechanism on the lid that makes sure that the lid will lock in place when opened.

Make sure you teach your child how the mechanism works, as some are different to others, with some locking automatically upon opening and others have to be opened in a certain manner for it to work.

Furniture tip-over

Although it can be a hilarious slap-stick comedy device, furniture falling on top of anyone in real life is rarely a laughing matter and even less so when children are involved.

Pretty much any item of furniture has the capacity to fall if the forces are right, but there are pieces of furniture out there that meet what is called the voluntary tip-over standard which help avoid such accidents in the way that they are built.

Failing that, some items of furniture can be pinned or screwed to the wall, such as CD towers, book cases and maybe dressing tables if cumbersome enough.



About the author: Sam writes for The Furniture Market who cater for every room in the house, whether you’re after dining room furniture, a new coffee table for the lounge or a dressing table for the bedroom.




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