Make Your Condo A Functional, Kid Friendly Zone
Although it might seem as though all your friends with kids are moving out of the city in favour of more space on a longer commute time in the suburbs, there are a growing number of families who are choosing to stick to condo life for the convenience of living in an urban centre. However, with most downtown units spanning little more than 1,000 square feet (if you’re lucky!) condo dwellers need to get creative in order to make the space work for everyone.
Here are a few ways to make a smaller space work, even for a growing family.
Buy Convertible and Foldable
When it comes to making the best use of your small space, functionality is the key.
As an example, a foldable tunnel and tent from Ikea, can entertain the little ones for hours and barely takes up any room in a condo once it’s folded up and put away. Beyond kid-specific items, things like coffee tables that double as storage units can help save space and reduce clutter.
Build In Storage
In addition to converting everyday furniture into storage, some families are putting the investment right into the condo unit. Installing a custom wall unit or a kitchen island are a few innovative ways to enhance storage space and make the living space more functional. Units with high ceilings offer the opportunity to build in additional shelving. This can be particularly beneficial for the kid's room, as an example, where a high bunk bed can allow for additional storage space underneath.
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Take Advantage of Your Urban Surroundings
Arguably the best thing about owning an urban condo is access to countless amenities.
No matter which city you live in, urban centres are full of arts and entertainment, and to many that makes up for the lack of a backyard. Research nearby local children’s programs, which are often available at no charge or for a very low fee.
Check In With Your Spatial Needs
Condo life isn’t for everyone, but it certainly works for a growing number of families. Those that love it would argue that the arts and culture, short commute, and quick access to amenities just can’t be beat. Families that view it as a long-term option, however, should review their needs on a regular basis and make the necessary adjustments to make the space both livable and enjoyable for the whole family. This could mean childproofing your balcony, adding space-saving furniture or eventually seeking out a larger unit or townhouse.
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