Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kid-Friendly Coffee Tables

For many parents of toddlers, nothing is scarier and more dangerous than the  COFFEE TABLE.

I have heard it again, and again from my clients. They don't want to buy a coffee table because of "the children." Trust me, I get it. As a parent of two beautiful kids, I know. I remember when my oldest started walking I wanted to protect her from every right angle and hard surface in my house. 

 I swear to you, I thought about putting a helmet on her. NOT KIDDING.

You have to understand...

Usually coffee tables are the exact height of a one year old child who is just learning to walk, and babies LOVE to hold on to them, climb on them, bang on them...

And that's why they seem so dangerous in a parent's eyes!

BUT... We as parents deserve a place to put our feet up on while watching T.V.! Or, to have a place to put our wine glasses down after the kids go to sleep! Coffee tables are a necessity!

Well, I'm here to share a couple tips for coffee tables that are both stylish and functional in a kid-friendly environment.


My talented friends Gloribell  and Rebecca (Designers, Bloggers and Moms) shows us in their photos that you don't have to sacrifice style when you have kids. The round shape of their coffee tables allows traffic to flow freely without having to worry about getting bumped by a sharp corner.
via I Don't Know How She Does It Blog
via Luv, Bec Blog
Also note that Rebecca has used a beautiful basket to house her kids' toys. Large baskets are so functional and look good in your home.


Your coffee table doesn't have to be wood-top! Get a nice upholstered ottoman that is soft and cushioned.  

via Thoughts From Alice 
My friend, Alice is doing it right in her boho living room. Beautiful space that the whole family can enjoy.

via Thoughts From Alice

If you decide to go with an ottoman, don't forget the tray! Having a flat surface on top of an ottoman allows you to place drinks and a few accessories on top of it. Also, if  your kid is at the age where they like to pull stuff off of tables, simply take the whole tray off of the table and move it to your dining room table! Then, just put it back for "wine time" when that baby goes to bed!

Here, Brook's living room is filled with soft textures and pillows, making it easy to relax and doze off after a good read...
via Nesting With Grace
That is the key! Rounded edges; padded furniture and durable finishes. Kid-friendly furniture doesn't have to be plastic, or be finished in bright, primary colors! Be thoughtful when choosing your items. How is your family going to use it? How will it look in a couple of years? AND how will it look IN MY HOME! As parents, we do everything for our kids. We want them to be safe and happy. But we also deserve some time for ourselves. We should be able to unwind in our homes when the day is over (without the distraction of toys everywhere). You DESERVE A BREAK! YOU DESERVE A COFFEE TABLE! AND COFFEE!

Anyway, I sourced a few coffee tables for you that I think would work in a home with small children.
You're welcome :)

  1. Durham Round Coffee Table - Ballard Designs
  2. Byholma Chest - Ikea
  3. Cala Hammered Coffee Table - World Market
  4. Sandhaug Tray Table - Ikea
  5. Sea Grass Woven Coffee Table - Pottery Barn
  6. Tribal Carved Coffee Table - World Market
  7. Parquet Reclaimed Wood Round Coffee Table - Pottery Barn
  8. Isabella Square Tufted Ottoman Charcoal -

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  1. Great post, Oscar!! Love all of the great options for a kid friendly environment:))

  2. Awesome! Us regular people are scared of coffee tables around kids but nice to know there are options :)

  3. Great post Oscar! I now have 3 little grandkids and have to baby proof my home AGAIN!! Thanks for the great suggestions!! xo Kathy

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  5. Good tips! We need to little careful while choosing something for kids. All the accessories should be kid-friendly as they can get hurt. Having sharp edge tables or something else is a bad idea and parents should stay watchful for it. I like your options for coffee tables. These are truly kid-friendly. Thanks for sharing all these. Baby Furniture.

  6. Speaking as a mother of 9 children and nan of 10 grandchildren plus 4 stepchildren and 13 stepgrandies and also a professional nanny and childcare worker I found coffee tables to be a source of great grief. Early on I just got rid of my coffee table because it was the source of one accident after another. I like the suggestions here though , well done. My only daughter however insists on a glass topped coffee table upon which her baby toddler is already having accidents upon. Some people just refuse to listen to safety advice or experienced mothers no matter how sweetly kindly or gently the advice is given.