While some of us are fortunate enough to have play rooms designated solely for the corralling of bright, primary-colored plastic toys, many of us do not have this luxury. And frankly, even if you do have a playroom, your children will surely spend some of their time playing in the other parts of your home. So how do you keep a room looking sophisticated, yet still make room for Thomas the Train and the occasional stray greasy finger that makes its way to your upholstered chair?
I thought I would implement a little series and share my ideas with you. Here's my first tip:
- Buy quality furniture (this can easily be done for cheap via places like Craigslist!) that you actually like, but be thoughtful about the fabric you choose. I personally would rather have a pretty piece of furniture that may or may not remain pristine than settle for something ugly and not care when it gets damaged. Besides, there are things we can do to "protect" against furniture abuse!
I chose to have this pair of chairs reupholstered in indoor/outdoor fabric (this is exactly what I bought).
|These babies really deserve their own post. They are very dear to me.|
I love that the fabric has a linen look to it (and it's not rough feeling at all!), and yet I have the peace of mind of knowing that it is going to be hard-wearing and can stand up to any and all crazed small people that may put it to the test!
|Actually, if I told you a small child once vomited on one of these chairs, would that convince you? I'm sorry to say, but it's true!|
Most fabric stores have an outdoor section. Browse Lewis & Sheron's options here.
I love this classic black and white stripe. I've told my mom I think she should have a bench in an entryway of her house upholstered in it :)
When I was deciding what to do with my pair of chairs, I strongly considered using an indoor/outdoor velvet. House of Fabric (based here in St. Louis!), sells a variety of colors by Sunbrella. They originally retailed for over $50/yd and now they are less than $17/yd! I am dying to use one these sometime!
Who needs the ubiquitous microfiber when you can have the real deal velvet in a stain-resistant finish?! (browse the rest of the colors here)
*Choosing to have sofas and/or chairs slipcovered in machine-washable fabrics (cotton or linen are foolproof options!) is another excellent choice. Slipcovering gives you the added benefit of easily changing out your look
I doubled up my protection by slipcovering and using indoor/outdoor fabric on a wingback chair that belonged to my grandparents. I did this because I chose a white fabric. In hindsight though, I don't know that it was completely necessary to go with indoor/outdoor. Since I can remove it and throw in the washer, I probably could have gotten away with a basic white canvas or linen.
Here's the chair as I remember it from my childhood at my grandparent's house.
I think a new slipcover brightened her up quite nicely! (in looking at this picture, I just realized the fabric on the pillow came from my grandmother's stash as well :)
|I'm obsessed with the box-pleat on these chairs!!|
|This sofa, made by Best Slipcover Company, is a favorite...would love to have this sofa!|
|Slipcovered Ikea chairs!|
|Source: westbrookinteriors.com via Anne on Pinterest|
I love the rumpled look of these linen covers! Can't you just imagine hoping your toddler would get them all dirty so you'd have to wash them and get them more worn in? Ok, maybe that's taking it a little too far.
Source: twoellie.com via Anne on Pinterest