A child’s room can be their safe haven from the hustle and bustle of family life, a chance to create a personal space which reflects their characteristics and personal preferences. Every item of the room can be designed to reflect your child, whether it is a small accessory, the carpet, the bed or even the curtains. Safety is always a paramount concern; the younger your child the more careful you will need to be when picking furniture and accessories. Even window coverings are not immune from this need for safety. Blinds can have dangerous trailing cords; curtains are generally a safer choice. The following guidelines will assist you when choosing curtains for your child’s room:
Age & Gender
Curtains should be gender specific; boys do not generally want pink curtains and girls tend to stay away from toy soldiers. It is important to note that this is not always the case and you know your child better than anyone. As a general rule small children love brightly colored curtains, young child like to have cartoon themed curtains, or even ones with toys all over them. Once they reach their teenage years you will be able to ask them exactly what they want. In fact, your child should be able to help you pick their preferred curtains; no matter what age they are.
The first thing to consider when choosing your curtains is as how much light they will let through and how much light enters the room in the mornings and evenings. Thick fabrics will block out the light and help young children to sleep; they can also help to create the right ambiance in a grown up child’s room. Natural fabrics, such as cotton are the best material for curtains as they are easy to wash and maintain. Alternatively you may prefer to use a lightweight curtain as this will help reduce issues regarding allergies.
The younger your child the more important this issue is! It can be very easy for young children to get themselves in trouble as they often do not think of the consequences. Children will often try to hide behind a curtain, or they may pull on it to help themselves stand up. This can increase the risk of pulling the curtain down; for this reason it is better to use lightweight curtains which are unlikely to suffocate them or injury them when they fall.
Very young children may be tempted to pull at the design on the curtain, especially if there is a raised, decorative bit. You will need to make sure there are no bits which could be pulled off and cause a choking hazard. Allow them to make a pick. Kids have different preferences than their parents; so if you really want them to be happy, it might be a good idea to let them take their own decisions.
Mind the size
As a rule children will pull on curtains if they can reach them. may be enough to persuade you to opt for short curtains. However, longer curtains can make the room appear taller; and therefore larger. They can also be necessary to restrict the amount of light in a room or help to insulate it and keep it warm.
The curtains should appeal to your child; this will help to ensure they like spending time in their room. It will also help them to establish a connection with their room and understand the room is their own private space, personal to them. It doesn’t matter what age they are; the curtains need to speak directly to them; preferably making them think of fun things and helping them to be happy in their room. This is perhaps the most important role of any curtain.
Finally, you must choose the right color! No matter how much your child loves a set of curtains they need to go with the color scheme of the room; if not you will need to repaint the room! If you are already planning to repaint the room, you may find it easier to pick the curtains first then build the rest of the room around them.
By Boris and VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk!