Whether you’re a single dad or not, you need to provide your children with an enjoyable, comfortable and fun home environment. However, the problem arises when you realise that décor isn’t really your thing. Sure, you can design a man cave for you and your buddies, but you probably don’t know how to create a space that will be suitable for your children. Luckily, even the most décor-challenged dads can learn the ropes and design the perfect homes for their families.
Go with a functional layout
No one can clutter up a room like children, you’re probably quite familiar with that fact. This can be particularly challenging in a small apartment when you’re already struggling with space. This is why you need to learn how to make the most of your home. The solution to this problem lies in finding a functional layout that will provide you and your kids with
When it comes to remodelling your home, which you’ll need to do at some point, you need to come up with a plan that will make this process easier for both you and your children. Aside from keeping them involved and preparing them for this period, you also need to consider which remodelling projects are right for you. Make sure to pick profitable renovation ideas that will make your home more enjoyable and functional. From painting interior walls and designing custom-made storage units to remodelling your bathroom or improving your kids’ rooms, choose long-term projects that will meet the needs of your family.
Choose a style that you’ll all love
Whether you’re a true fan of unique industrial style or you want a contemporary, minimalist home, it’s important that you choose a design that both you and your kids will love. A boring, monochromatic look will make your space unappealing to your children. Instead, go with a neutral base and a classic style and then introduce bright colours and fun patterns for accent details, such as area rugs, cushions, blankets, curtains, etc. Decorating with your memorabilia and souvenirs will give your space an authentic character. This will create an exciting atmosphere that will meet both your and their needs. It’s important that your home reflects your family’s personality rather than just yours.
Have your own personal space
Being a parent is exhausting, so it’s important that you have your personal space where you can just relax. Typically, this will be your bedroom, so make sure that it reflects your taste and personality. As your sanctuary, this room can feature your favourite colours, materials and embellishments as long as it still complements the design of your home. You should pay special attention to your bed and mattress. It’s important that you get quality sleep every night so that you can wake up energised and ready to tackle the upcoming challenges. Of course, parents’ rooms should always have high-quality and comfy king mattresses, so make sure to invest in one. Aside from providing you with great back support and quality sleep, it will come in handy when your little ones come in the middle of the night scared of a nightmare or decide to wake you up by jumping on the bed as high as they can.
Design the perfect kids’ rooms
If you saw a cute kid-size race car bed for your son, don’t buy it! You’ll spend a fortune on it only to store it in the attic after a few years. When decorating your kids’ bedroom, you need to go with a design that will grow with your children. Choose functional furniture that can adjust to their changing needs. You can go with playful patterns, cheerful colours, cosy fabrics and fun decorations, but keep it balanced. If your kids are sharing a room, make sure that each of them has their own personal space. You can include desks and shelves where they can do their homework or draw. Of course, make sure that they have plenty of floor space because children love to play on the floor!
Stay on top of clutter
Clutter is your biggest enemy, so make sure to control it! A cluttered space isn’t only unpleasant and crowded, but also unhealthy because clutter can expose your children to different allergens, such as mould, mildew and dust. You need to maintain an airy, clutter-free environment that will make your home more enjoyable and comfortable. Make sure to include functional storage solutions for your kids’ toys in your living room. You know that they’ll make their way to the family room sooner or later. Your kids’ rooms should also have plenty of chests, boxes and drawers for their belongings. Finally, keep your surfaces clear – encourage your kids to return everything to its place and tidy up after themselves. As a dad, you need to design a home that will reflect your taste while also appealing to your children. However, don’t put aesthetics over functionality, but try to keep your design as convenient as possible.