What makes furniture child-friendly?

Only after becoming parents do we start to realise the hazards that the environment presents to our children. As your child is expected to spend most of his/her formative years in your home, it is important that you know what kind of features make furniture child-friendly.

Edges

Honey, I think we should just make Ah Boy wear a helmet

 

Your boisterous little ones are brimming with energy, and your furniture looks just like a playground to them. Unfortunately, many of the more aesthetically-pleasing furniture come with sharp edges, some dangerously close to your offspring’s eye-level.

A child-friendly feature of furniture would be chamfered edges, which prevents injuries brought about by sharp edges.

Our tables are customisable, and we can chamfer the edges to your desired level of roundness

 

Stability

Your little ones could love to climb as well, and unfortunately, there have been cases of drawer chests toppling on toddlers throughout the world.

 

Furniture should be designed to be stable, with a low centre of gravity and of sturdy construct. Wall hooks should be provided for furniture which are inherently unstable.

 

Chemicals

If you have ever visited a worksite or a factory, you might have been assaulted by pungent chemical smells that cause your eyes to water. Your body’s rejection of the artificial chemicals is an accurate warning – many of the chemicals used in renovation and furniture construction are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and skin problems. Long term exposure could even damage organs or cause cancer. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/air-quality-VOCs

To protect your child, furniture should be finished with low or no-VOC finishes. Such finishes include wax oils, Nitrocellulose, oils and water-based finishes.

Our tables are finished with rubio monocoat, a Belgian wax oil which is zero VOC

 

Durability

The above points talk about how to protect your child from furniture. However, another feature of child-friendly furniture is how to protect your furniture from your child. To this, it is important to note that nothing is child-proof; a child, while adorable, is a considerable destructive force of earth.

That said, you could get child-resistant furniture, generally built with solid materials and techniques to withstand the wear and tear inflicted by restless children.

 

You could also get furniture that ages nicely even with wear and tear.

 

Or, you could simply get furniture that can be repaired easily

Our tables are finished with Rubio Monocoat, which allows for easy refinishing, and renew its look to as good as new. You could even DIY if you are game!

 

Conclusion

A child-friendly home doesn’t mean it has to be bubble-wrapped. At Grey and Sanders, we believe that it is possible to achieve a beautiful yet safe environment for your young ones. Contact us at 8371 8864 to enquire, or visit us at:

  • Tan Boon Liat Store

    315 Outram Road
    #06-02
    Singapore 169074
    11am-7pm Daily

     

  • Millenia Walk Store

    9 Raffles Boulevard
    #02-42
    Singapore 039596
    11:30am-8:30pm Daily