How to create pet- and child-friendly spaces in your home


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Bright cotton, washable fabrics are used for bedding in this children’s bedroom. Photos: Handout/TNS

Design should not only be beautiful but durable as well. While in some instances, a higher price tag may mean higher quality, this isn’t always the case. Good design doesn’t always have to be expensive.

In the case of pets and children, there is an inherent “wear and tear” factor that should be considered.

Even so, of course, we want to have all members of the family be able to feel joy and relaxation in a well-designed space!

This is where a thoughtful selection of pet- and child- friendly materials and finishes comes into play.

Some general design rules for pet- and child-friendly spaces include incorporating washable fabrics, cushions with removeable covers for easy washing or replacement, and wipeable fabrics.Textured and tactile materials in this children’s bedroom create a child- friendly environment. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNSTextured and tactile materials in this children’s bedroom create a child- friendly environment. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS

Things to avoid

  • Boucle or woven knit fabrics
  • Velvet or materials that will easily show dirt or pet hair
  • Delicate or hard-to-clean fabrics
  • Glass or items that can easily chip or break
  • Some general design rules for pet-and child-friendly spaces include incorporating washable fabrics, cushions with removeable covers for easy washing or replacement, and wipeable fabrics.Some general design rules for pet-and child-friendly spaces include incorporating washable fabrics, cushions with removeable covers for easy washing or replacement, and wipeable fabrics.

Colour tips

  • Use bright colours that can hide stains easily.
  • Incorporate bold patterns that can hide stains or light wear and tear.
  • Use colours that can be easily touched up with pens (typically white, black, brown or metallics such as gold or silver).

Takeaway tip: Purchase items that will go the distance as opposed to disposable items that will need to be repeatedly replaced. In some instances, those disposable items may serve a purpose during a certain phase such as a pet’s puppy years or a child’s toddler phase, but be sure to also incorporate those well-designed quality pieces that will also be reliable and durable. – Tribune News Service

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