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You work hard, you might be house proud and try to make your home look as beautiful as possible. Having a pet or a child can therefore come as a bit of a shock.

This means a couple of things. Naturally a lot of joy and happiness. Although, it can also lead to a lot of headaches. Not only can a pet (or a child) damage and mess up your living room, but it can also get hurt if you are not prepared for it. This means that you will need to make some changes, and this article can hopefully help. Read on if you want to find out exactly what you need to do to make your home child and pet-friendly.


First, children. All the problems, all the issue can be resolved easily. A good idea is to set up a small play area in the living room. This is where they can do whatever they want, but only in that one area. Technically, they are in the living room, but at the same time, they have their own space. You can set this up (either physically, or just telling them) by placing it away from any valuable things, like electronics and antique items. You can place a lot of pillows and other soft materials here, just to be safe and make it more comfortable. It’s a good idea to also place a storage container for the children’s toys.

Furthermore, anything sharp items, be that artwork, furniture edges and tables should be moved away to be safe. Children tend to be quite energetic, and can seriously injure themselves if they are not careful. Also, get rid of any fragile tables, especially one made out of glass, as well as vases and urns.


Pets are a bit like having a baby at first, but at the same time completely different. If you don’t want too much hassle you might like a fish as a pet. A fully made out and customised aquarium can make your fish very happy, and also ensure your living room really stand out. A good idea here is getting a self cleaning fish tank. Not only will it keep your aquarium clean, but will also make your living room a bit more pet fish friendly. If you’re into Feng Shui, you will be happy to note that having a fish tank in your living room is calming and therefore really good for you.

Bigger animals like cats and dogs are a different matter altogether. You should, for example, get fabrics that are tough and durable, or maybe even reupholster some of your furniture. Covering pieces of furniture with blankets and fabrics can also be a good idea. Also, choose rugs with dark colours and small patterns which will help mask stains and marks.

We hope this has been informative and useful. There is no need to sacrifice style and comfort when making your home child and pet friendly.