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Have you ever noticed that a lot of homes with children don’t have coffee tables? Or, if they do, they have rather obnoxious childproofing gear wrapped around them? I didn’t pay much attention to this phenomenon until I had kids. I ignored dealing with the whole children coffee table issue for a few years. But, one boy and many boo boos later, I decided to ditch the coffee table altogether. It’s been almost 7 years (and 2 boys) later and I am so ready to bring a modern coffee table back into my life.
The truth is you don’t have to go without like I did. There are so many great options and ideas that are both stylish and kid friendly. Take a look and I think you’ll agree!
Teal Blue Pouf Modern Roped Cotton 14-Inch-H Ottoman, Mocha Roped Cotton Pouf 20-Inch-W Ottoman
One option, I adore, is using a couple of poufs in lieu of a traditional table (image above). These are perfect for when you have really little ones that are just learning to walk and bumping into anything and everything in sight. You can pair two together in front of your sofa and they are also great for catching a few magazines or books and perfect for resting feet upon.
When your babies get a bit older you can use these poufs as an addition to a traditional coffee table. They are perfect used as seats around the coffee table for little ones. Or, they simply look great off to the side or as a functional footrest.
Campaign Jamie Silver 14-Inch-H Young Folding Coffee Table
Speaking of kids sitting around a coffee table, I love the idea of a coffee table having a dual purpose and working as a kid’s table (above image). All you have to do is find a table that is a little more rustic and add a few little chairs (you can also use large chairs).
Sojourn Tempered Glass Modern Zuo Coffee Table
If you want to go with a totally traditional concept, when it comes to coffee tables, but wish to keep a modern look, than this is my favorite style (image above). There are no sharp edges, smudges wipe right off (with a little Windex) and this style keeps things light and airy in a room that tends get cluttered with toys.
So, before you rule (or throw) out your coffee table consider these options and ideas. You’ll be glad for a place to kick up your feet, rest your coffee and collect yours (and your little one’s) favorite books.
Images: Mark Tuckey, Design Sponge, By Fryd, la la Lovely
Trina McNeilly is a freelance writer and style scout. She shares her stories and design related finds on her daily lifestyle blog La La Lovely. Since it's start in 2008, La La Lovely has become a daily source for inspiration and advice when it comes to all things design and style related. Trina's work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Equals Record, Houzz and recently in the Land of Nod catalog. When Trina isn't stringing words together, styling spaces or scouting online finds she is running about trying to keep up with her four little ones. Follow Tricia on Google+
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