Before becoming a parent, I don’t think I ever worried about whether or not my furniture was durable; I was more concerned with if, after a hard day at work, I’d be able to sink into it and relax. And although comfort is of course still at the forefront of my mind, I now also have to factor in whether or not it’s going to survive the bouncy castle test from my beautiful but boisterous babies.
In my opinion, the trick to creating a homely family environment is to bring a little of the outdoors, inside. By this I mean opting for real wooden furniture, which looks great in any room of the house and is easily cleaned in the event of any spills.
Since discovering the beauty of wooden furniture, I have stumbled upon the art of restoration, and although I’m not even going to attempt to do it myself, I have found some fantastic companies that are extremely affordable to do the job for you. This is ideal if you have any old wooden tables or chairs that need a little TLC to get them looking perfect. If you live in the South like me, check out Furniture Medic and for my readers based in the North (hello!) there’s David Warburton.
Unfortunately, all wooden things may not be easily restored, and a wooden bed is certainly one of them. I just love the way a wooden bed looks – I think there is something about the natural look that helps me relax. They also seem much sturdier than divans, and with the right mattress, a good wooden bed can endure any amount of bouncing – from the children I mean! We’ve been looking out for the perfect bed and were delighted to discover Bedstar as they offer next day delivery on a wooden bed and mattress.
A wooden bed in a child’s bedroom is definitely the wise choice, as not only does it look beautiful but it is durable and easily cleaned. If you’re feeling the pinch lately, why not take a look in local charity shops for drawers and wardrobes, and paint them to fit the colour and theme of your little one’s bedroom?
One of the great things about wooden furnishings is that you can add beautiful accessories such as cushions and qr to soften things up a little. Lately I’ve been looking at crafting my own cushions just to add that personal touch to our home, and I’ve found some stunning pieces on pinterest, which I hope I can one day be skilled enough (or have enough to time to) create!
I’d love to hear from you if wood furniture features in your home and if you’ve you got any tips for how best to accessorise wooden beds and sofas, that would be great!