Furniture that Goes Well with Kids
Oct 11 2012
Here are a few guidelines when looking over your current home furniture’s and decorations, or when shopping around to buy new ones.
It Should Last
Nowadays, with just about every consumer product rigged to break, crumble or even explode after a couple of years or less of proper use (see planned obsolescence). There are hardly any “durable goods” that will last long enough to be passed on to the next generation. When your grandpa tells you that things aren’t built the way they used to be, he’s probably right.
Household furniture’s are not exempt to this “built not to last” paradigm. I might give electronics the benefit of the doubt for dying out early (we seem to have been convinced that we should always “upgrade” our gadgets, anyhow). Things like couches, cabinets, and tables should not be part of this rapid replacement cycle.
Good furniture should be able to take regular use, and since we’re talking about kid-friendly furniture, a bit of abuse as well. We’re not expecting something as resilient as ancient Chinese pottery that’ll last thousands of years, but it’s not a good thing when you realize that you’re replacing broken furniture way too often.
Avoid the Pointy, Sharp, and Jagged
Watch Out for Corrosion and Flakiness
Do your research on the internet, read the reviews, and if you plan to do a little DIY-ing and painting your own furnishings (or you’re going to have some custom pieces made), find the right paints and varnishes that are the least toxic and harmful.
Stay Away from the Expensive Stuff
Stick to cost-effective furniture that won’t hurt your budget. There are many creative ways to spruce up your interiors without having to buy overpriced designer furniture or priceless antiques. Don’t just snap up anything cheap from a swap meet or thrift store just because it’s cheap, however. Consult the tips above and see if these second-hand items are safe for your children.
Keep Them Clean
intelligent vacuum cleaners to help you get dust from those hard-to-reach places underneath heavy furniture.
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