Moms have a tough time managing homes. And it gets extra hard when you have small kids who run around the house. Keeping them away from the rough edges of your furniture is a task.
And not to forget, mothers have a constant job of maintaining upholstery damaged when kids choose to jump, paint or scribble on seating. Living with kids also means you need to make more room for storage so that everything is stored safely.
With all this in mind, your home's interiors need to be more functional to make life easier for busy mothers. After all, bulky designs and beautiful furniture with no function doubles the trouble for moms. So, this mother's day, we thought of compiling a list of interior design hacks for all you busy moms so you can live in a home with more manageable interiors.
These are our designer-approved interior tips centred on the needs and requirements of moms, especially those that are working or new moms. Such women who spend their day shuffling office work, household chores, and baby troubles need a home that makes life easy and comfortable.
Moving into a new home can be one of life's great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. How do you make your space look its best while reflecting your sense of style? Do it well, and you'll have a comfortable, happy home.
Do it poorly, and you'll end up with a hodge-podge of furniture, fabrics and paint colours that never congeal into a pleasing whole. You'll have a much greater chance of success with a little planning and following the same steps as professional interior designers.
Don't Start In The Furniture Store.
Many have heard the advice to avoid grocery shopping when you're hungry because it leads to poor choices. The same holds for furniture stores – don't go shopping in a panic because you have an empty home. Yes, it would help if you had a sofa.
But if you pick the pink-striped sectional just because you like it in the store, without taking measurements or thinking about the rest of the room, you're stuck with it. The rest of the room will have to be built around that sofa, and if it's too large for the space, it will look forever awkward.
Start in the room you're looking to furnish, armed with a measuring tape and a notepad.
Know Your Measurements
Matching the scale of furniture to the scale of a room is critical. A deep sectional sofa can easily overpower a small room, and svelte chairs can get lost in a wide-open loft. So before designing, measure the length and width of each room you intend to decorate, along with the ceiling height and elements that could get in the way – stairs, columns, radiators and other obstructions.
It's also a good idea to measure window openings, along with the wall space below, above and to the sides of each one, to get ready for window coverings.
A Living Room With A Tv Unit With Hidden Storage For For Better Organisation
The living room is the most active area in any home. It is where your guests gather and family and friends hang out. Therefore, this part of the house needs to look neat and organised. The first step to kid proofing your living area and making things more convenient for you is to invest in modular furniture that is easy to maintain.
TV units cover the most space in living rooms; hence, investing in a functional TV unit is imperative. Design Cafe's designers suggest using modular and multipurpose TV units with floating shelves and a lift-up folding shutter with hidden storage behind. The lift-up shutter storage cabinets will help stack things that need to be away from your kid's reach but are easily accessible to you.
These shutter cabinets are easy to use and take up less space. In addition, these hidden storage units let you compartmentalise your belongings and keep them concealed. You can also go for TV units with floating shelves that are placed high up on the wall to display knick-knacks, away from the reach of your kids.
Other interior design hacks busy moms can keep minimum furniture in the living area and upholstery that is easy to maintain. If you have a kid who loves scribbling on anything they get, choosing delicate fabric may not be that good idea. Going for plain and simple wooden sofa sets and avoiding glass top centre tables can be two ideal steps for moms.
A Dining Room With A Folding Dining Table To Make More Space When Not In Use
Your dining room or area is usually filled with many furniture and storage solutions. Unfortunately, here is where you also use/display expensive crockery and therefore, if you are a busy mom who needs to have the safest dining room, you must choose one that is easy to maintain. But at Design Cafe, we root for functional and space-saving furniture designs.
So, we'd suggest you invest in a folding wooden dining table that will help you make more space in this room. Such dining tables are multifunctional and can be folded back in when not used and folded out and extended to make space on the table for occasional guests.
It also has hidden storage behind it so you can stack crockery and have it at easy access for those rushed mornings and unexpected guests.
For homes with little kids, wooden tables are ideal as they are durable, unlike glass top tables. Try to select round or oval dining table designs to avoid the rectangular corners that may not be kid-friendly.
Most dining rooms also have crockery units or wine racks. And the best way to have kid-friendly furniture is to go for floating crockery units and wall mounted wine racks installed at a reasonable height away from the reach of your kids.
Bedroom Wardrobe With A Concealed Dressing Unit To Store Makeup Essentials
Almost every bedroom comes with wardrobes. But for busy moms getting the right kind of bedroom wardrobe is a crucial interior design decision. According to Design Cafe's interior experts, instead of regular wardrobes, go for wardrobes with concealed dressing units so that your kid won't get to access the makeup essentials and your everyday accessories.
As shown in the picture, the dressing unit remains hidden when not used. In addition, it has a variety of storage drawers and pull-out units to help you keep everything assorted neatly. You can use the dressing unit whenever needed and keep it under the cabinet locked when not in use. In addition, you can go for tall, wall-length wardrobes with loft storage to help you with space-saving and organisation.
While choosing wardrobes with attached dressing units, ensure that the dressing section doesn't have easily accessible shelves. If so, your kids will make a mess.
Wardrobes with His and Her separate organisation can also be a good investment as it will help you keep things neat. You can also choose wooden beds with storage for an organised and clutter-free bedroom, excellent for busy moms.
Kitchen With Modular Upper Storage Cabinets To Keep Away Utensils From Kids
Now coming to the essential part of a household–the kitchen. It is extra important for your kitchen to function, especially for busy moms. Therefore, the right way to design your kitchen to be efficient for the house's mom is to go for modular kitchen designs. Modular kitchens come with factory finish cabinetry that provides maximum storage capacity.
Also, modular kitchens can be customised and tailor-made at the mother's convenience. Go for modern storage solutions like handleless cabinets, corner cabinet solutions, pantry units, appliance garage, and keep everything neat and organised. If you have a small kid running around the house, try to design your kitchen cabinets mostly on the upper side.
Go for factory-made, smooth-finish cabinets to avoid kitchen hazards. Go for overhead cabinets to store expensive crockery or other fragile items. A bi-fold shutter is great as it prevents bumping or hurting, perfect for rushed mornings.
The thumb rule is to utilise all the space in your kitchen and keep things compact and under cabinets. Also, pay importance to the materials and finishes you choose for kitchen countertops and cabinets.
Select finishes that are easy to clean and maintain. A busy mom will have little time to spend in the kitchen. Hence it is essential to make the kitchen space functional and facilitating.
Kids' Room With A Bunk Bed And A Foldable Study Unit To Make Space For Your Little One
Mothers mostly spend their time cleaning and arranging their kid's rooms. Thus it is vital to efficiently design the kid's room to be easy to clean and maintain. You first need a simple layout to arrange the room as conveniently as possible. Next, you need to find the right kind of furniture. A kid's room usually has a bed, a study table unit and a wardrobe.
Go for beds with storage where you can stack up all the toys and less frequently used clothes. You can go for bunk beds with storage (as shown) that take less space and are easy to use for kids. You can also go for Murphy beds or sofa-cum-bed to store things away or make more space for your kid to play around.
For kids' room wardrobes, choose modular designs with enough storage options because your kid will grow fast, so you need to store their old belongings. Choose easy-to-clean wardrobe finishes so that stains don't get stuck around.
You can also invest in foldable and space-saving study units to make your kid's room more spacious and airy. Opt for wardrobes with attached study units or study desks with floating shelves where your kid can keep all their schooling essentials.
Place A Couple Of Drawers For The Random Mess
Type-B moms may be disorganised, but that doesn't mean there is no hope of clearing up that disorganised mess.
Instead of accumulating mess around the house, they may place drawers in each room as containers for random items. So, for example, if the kids aren't keen on picking up their toys, the mom may throw them in the readily available drawer for that particular room!
The same goes for the other random items they may find around the house; they could easily be picked up and shoved in the drawers.
It would create a clear path for when they have to walk around the place to do their other daily chores. The days of tripping over random items indoors would be long gone!
Consider The Daily Activities As A Basis For The Home Design
Even type-B moms know what they want! Yes, they are carefree, but they are also used to handling all of the chores and babysitting that goes with being a mom-at-home.
If their home will be undergoing a renovation, a type-B mom has the choice to rearrange a couple of sections indoors to make her daily activity more efficient and convenient.
For example, suppose her typical day starts by preparing breakfast for the kids and watering the plants in the backyard. In that case, the chances are that she may want to relocate the kitchen next to the backyard garden, to make things easier!
Discuss The Design Ideas With The Kids
A type-B mom's main attention would usually lean more towards her kids. In that regard, she may discuss the potential outcome of her custom design ideas with them.
It is done to devise a feasible plan to make the house sections convenient. For example, her toddlers may prefer a separate play area, while her teens may want a place to relax and play with their smartphones in peace.
These are crucial, especially as they may coincide with the second pointer. Going with that point, if the kid's play areas were near her usual chore areas, she would be able to transfer faster and finish all her tasks quicker.
Injuries due to falls are one of the most common household hazards. One out of five older adults who fall incurs a broken bone or a head injury.1 Wet floor, slippery stairs, and scattered toys all create the potential for falls.
To prevent falls, ensure all staircases have solid handrails, securely affixed flooring, adequate lighting, and safety gates if small children are in the home. The Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate is adjustable to most spaces and easy to use, even with a baby in your arms. Check out our lists of best baby gates and best pet gates for more options.
Finally, be sure to keep the stairs clear of any tripping hazards. It's tempting to put things like laundry near the stairs to put away on your next trip up or down, but those can also be easy to pass up and trip over when you're in a rush.
Store Kitchen Tools Properly.
Knives, graters, and peelers are common items that can lead to nasty cuts. Properly store all sharp kitchen tools and lock them up if you have small children in the home.
Lock Up Bathroom Sharps
Keep it on a high shelf or lock it in a cabinet if you use a razor. Store extra blades in drawers with safety guards and safely stow other grooming tools like cuticle scissors.
Child safety locks are easy to install and keep little fingers away from unintentional injury.
Point Knives And Forks Down In The Dishwasher
Keep little ones safe from sharp points by pointing knives and forks downward in the utensil basket of the dishwasher. Place the basket away from the front of the dishwasher to make sharp objects even less accessible.
Put Away Yard Tools
Lawn tools, including rakes, saws, and lawnmowers, can cause harm if not used and stored properly. Stay alert when using power tools, and never rush while mowing the lawn or using the weed whacker. Never leave tools lying around. Always keep them locked in a shed or garage where kids can't access them.
So, if you are a Type-B Mom like me, these home design tips will help you create a sanctuary in your home where you can relax and rejuvenate. Remember to take your time when decorating, and don't be afraid to ask for help – it's worth it to have a space that feels like your own. Thanks for reading!
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