To me, good design is an answer to a problem. The only place for dining in our house is our kitchen- so we’re dealing with a small space. The other issue is that my son, Don, is still young and so keeping him happy and at the table eating is tricky. Luckily, we found some solutions for both of these so I thought I’d share how to design a dining room around kids.
how to design a dining room around kids
So how do you design a dining space that’s both kid-friendly AND nice looking for the parents? My number one tip is to make a comfortable place for your kids to sit. At restaurants I’d pay attention to where my son always wanted to sit- surprise, it was a booth.
So I designed his seat at home to be similar- he has a bunch seat with padding on the wall that’s easy to clean and looks amazing too! I love the bench because there’s enough space so he can get his wiggles out, but is still are at the table with the family. Plus, I love having a bench for the storage underneath!
Always cover the cushion on a bench in a wipeable leather or pleather so that stains can be easily cleaned off (I still need to do this).
For my seat backs, I used these wall panels. I got one box of the 30″ in cream leatherette white. It was nice because they installed to the wall really easily. This would be a quick DIY though!
what is the ideal dining room setup?
what type of chairs to use for young kids?
what are some lighting tricks that make a dining room more appealing to linger in?
how do you practically decorate a dining room without sacrificing style?
is a rug a good idea in a dining room?
how to avoid clutter that seems to end up in a dining room
how to keep dogs happy in the kitchen
Our dogs are in our kitchen whenever we are (undoubtably hoping for a snack). So having a cozy spot for them is important to us too!
The dog bed is elevated on beautiful legs and the (stain resistant) fabric has the cutest pattern- French bulldogs and the Eiffel Tower!
Our dogs love their new bed! Though Lucy, the red head, usually lays in it. And looks adorable 😉
Alright! So there you have it! How to design a dining room around kids. And you might as well add a pet bed while you’re at it! So I want to hear from you- how did you make transitioning a kid from a high chair to the table less painful through design? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!
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