Creating the Ideal Child-Free Zone in Your Home

Part of our end of day chaos!

You've finally managed it – after a struggle of a bath time, a tantrum at bedtime, and reading them a story that seemed to last forever, your little tykes have finally drifted off to sleep.

But, just as you slump onto the settee in a vague frazzled daze, all you can see is kids' stuff. The television is obscured by a mountain of Dora the Explorer DVDs, the floor is covered by so many LEGO bricks that could viably form the foundation of a full-size house, and the kitchen is swathed in flung around food and well-trodden crumbs.

You love your kids and all but, crikey, they make one hell of a mess.

What you need is a child-free zone to retreat to when the kids are catching their 40 winks. And here is exactly how you should kit it out.

Ideal flooring

Just imagine – you walk into your childless den, only for your feet to be assaulted with the draught of cold, hardwood flooring or thin, unsatisfying carpeting. Nobody needs that. But if you’re on a budget, you don’t need to splash out for warm feet – purchase a selection of design mats to warm your cockles and make your entrance satisfying.

No matter what type of flooring you purchase, try to make it as warm and welcoming as possible for a treat from the feet up.

Your favourite hobby

Are you a fan of musical instruments? How about big blockbuster movies? Or perhaps you just fancy lounging with a good book and a few bottles of beer?

No matter what your hobby or pastime is, kit out your child-free zone to celebrate it. If it’s particularly expensive (electric guitars don’t exactly come cheap), you might want to consider placing a lock on your door. After all, you don’t want to run the risk of your little ones breaking your precious pastimes.

Create an ensuite treat

As anyone with kids knows, it’s difficult enough to get them to sleep, and even more so when they wake back up. Now, just think about the noise you’ll make walking past their room to get from your retreat to the bogs.

The solution? Shove an en suite bathroom on the side of your zone to avoid the risk of waking the kids. If you don’t have the cash to spare for such a lavish purchase, figure out a route away from your kid’s room to avoid interrupting their beauty sleep with your lumbering, adult steps.

Written by Kevin Fullerton