Safety-First Interior Decorating

Things to watch for when decorating your home

By ClubMom Decorating Expert Lauri Ward

As moms, we know we have to protect our children, but we can’t spend every second worrying about their safety. So here are a few suggestions for making your home both safer and more comfortable and giving you some worry-free sleep

Bathroom Safety

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for children. Try these tips:

  • Place non-skid strips in the tub and shower.
  • Use bathmats with rubberized backing.
  • Install counter tops with rounded, not squared, corners.

No More Wide Open Spaces

The upstairs entrance areas of many split-level homes have an open railing that can be dangerous for babies and young children.

You can protect your little ones by placing a closed credenza or commode in front of the open slats. One caveat: be sure the back of the piece is finished with wood or a wood veneer that will look attractive when viewed from below.

Slip-Free, Carefree Flooring

Children need flooring that is safe, and mothers need flooring that is easy to care for. Wood floors that are waxed can also be slippery; try two or three coats of satin polyurethane instead. It’s less slippery than wax and will also preserve your floor. Engineered wood floor laminates are a wonderful alternative because they look just like wood and can be easily wiped or mopped when necessary but do not require regular sanding or resealing.

Commercial, flat-weave carpeting tiles are another good choice for bedrooms, family rooms, and hallways where acoustics are an issue. And if a tile becomes soiled, it can be washed down or replaced with another clean tile in minutes.

© Lauri Ward, 2006.

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