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A Room for the Grandchildren

By Lisa Schryver, Brand Publishing Writer

The best part about having grandchildren is spoiling them rotten when they come to visit — and then sending them home to their parents when it’s time to leave.

But while the grandkids are in your home, they need to have a space of their own. Janet Graham, an interior designer with Baer’s Furniture, a 15-store fine furniture chain serving Florida since 1945, says it’s important to balance your home’s design with the needs of your grandchildren.



“A lot of times, homeowners will jeopardize the overall design look of the house because they are too focused on the kids,” explains Graham, who’s associated with the Baer’s in Naples. “For example, they’ll say, ‘OK, because I’ve got grandkids coming, I’m going to furnish my entire house in leather.’”

While leather is durable and easy to clean, it’s not the only kid-friendly fabric out there. Graham suggests using fabrics that are 100 percent polyester, acrylic-polyester blends or nylon to make easy work of dealing with spills and other mishaps.

“There’re so many durable fabrics out there today that you can soften up the look and get a beautiful design and still have strong fabrics,” she says. “Your higher-end polyesters are going to be a thicker material, so rips and tears are not going to happen as they would with other materials.”

Graham warns homeowners to avoid using silk or cotton fabrics. Although cotton can be laundered, it isn’t as durable as polyester blends. If you’re going to use cotton in your grandkids’ space, be sure it’s something that can easily be thrown into the washer, such as a throw blanket or small pillow.

Convertible Space

How far you decide to take the design also depends on whether your home is a year-round or vacation residence. Homeowners can take more liberties if the space is part of their full-time home; those seeking to create a kid-friendly design in a vacation home may want to hold back.

For vacation homes, Graham recommends using kid-centric coverlets, rugs and throw pillows to add pops of color, but avoid painting the walls. Next, furnish the room in a way that will give your grandkids an area for play or stretching out, but can easily be returned to normal when the kids leave.

For example, a spare bedroom with twin beds can be a perfect retreat for a golfing buddy, but easily doubles as a bedroom and play room for visiting grandchildren. The twin beds can be pushed against the wall, creating an open play area when needed. Small beanbag chairs or floor poufs are great seating for kids and can be tossed into a closet or stacked in a corner when no longer needed.

Furniture makers are creating more pieces with kids in mind. Look for furniture that serves dual purposes, like a chest of drawers that converts to a desk. For younger kids, consider using chalkboard paint on the inside of the doors of an armoire for an easy-to-hide chalkboard. Use decorative bins and baskets to store toys.

“Beds with drawers underneath are quite popular and are great if kids have extra toys,” Graham adds. “With kids, you can never have enough storage, and furniture companies are responding to this market need.” Finding the right balance is key in furnishing a room that appeals to your grandkids while maintaining a look you can live with when they’re not around. Choosing quality, multipurpose pieces of furniture and the appropriate fabrics can give your grandchildren a place they can call home without disturbing the overall look of the space.