If you’re on Pinterest as much as I am, you’ll have seen all of the beautiful coffee table decoration ideas, and like me, you have probably thought ‘ya, right’ because you know it wouldn’t last five minutes in your house!!
But I believe there is a way to have a beautifully displayed coffee table that not only looks good but is also child friendly.
1. Use a wooden tray to keep it together
Wood is a child’s friend. It’s solid, durable, and can mask all the fingerprints that you haven’t had time to clean! A wooden tray is also sturdy enough that you can pick it up, with all the contents in place, and move it out of the way for a board game in the evening.
Having a tray on your coffee table helps to keep everything together so you can teach your child that if you take something off to look at, you put it back on the tray after. It may not be in a perfect position but at least it’s in the general area!!
2. Fake the flora
Fake flowers used to be awful, like really awful! But in recent years they have improved so much and the attention to detail means it can be hard to know the difference if you buy decent quality.
While a vase of fresh flowers in the living room may look and smell beautiful, the chaos and upset created by a spilled vase is not! If you have good quality silk flowers your kids can touch them and even pull them out without worrying about any damage. Plus you don’t have to remember to fill up the water!!
3. Add books to create levels
Choose books that appeal to kids, depending on age and interests, even toddlers like looking at pretty pictures! An encyclopedia, a pretty cookbook, or an atlas are great options, educational as well as aesthetic!! And make sure to change them often enough, second-hand book shops can be a great place to find large format books at a fraction of the new price.
4. It’s all in the details
You can achieve the same effect with something child friendly and interactive. Wooden puzzles are great for adults and older children, they’re a piece of art in their own right as well as being safe for kids to pick up and play with.
You could also use a small wooden box of Dominos, a wooden carving or even a small wooden box which can double as a remote control hideaway!
5. Let there be light!
Using a small candle lantern can be a great way of creating height and light on a coffee table display, especially if you’re burning a nicely scented candle.
The alternative of course is to use an LED candle (check out my full collection of handcrafted LED candles here). They give the same ambient glow as traditional candles without the fire risk. Most LED candles also have a timer so you can set it to come on every evening, a lovely welcoming glow to greet you when you settle in for the cold evenings!
6. Put it all together