Child proofing doesn’t have to be ugly
Every single one of your lovely decorative items has been hoarded away into a cupboard that of course you are unable to get into without a key fob, key pad number and retina scan to open.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Child proofing does not have to be ugly or make your home look like you are crazy.
We were a bit slack on the whole child proofing thing. We just put some covers on a couple outlets, which now we can’t seem to remove (thanks IKEA) without a screwdriver. I wonder what the swedish words for Adult proof are…maybe that is the name of these covers. Otherwise our child proofing consists of moving the dog’s water bowl and putting a couple blockers in the bottom drawers. I am sure when she starts walking around on her own that we will need to put the locks on some other cupboards but until then we will just keep an eye on her.
One of the pieces of furniture that I was worried about from the get-go was our coffee table.
It is a sharp pointy death trap of corners. We tried putting some of those little corner covers on it, but I think I knocked it off almost every time I stood up so that was not going to work. It also has drawers on the side. That and it looked like our table had weird deformities on it. I thought there had to be a better way right? Off to Pinterest!
Hmmm what about buying an ottoman instead….$250?! Shut the front door…no!
For that price I can make my own ottoman….wait..what? I could totally make my own ottoman! I made my own tufted headboard. I could totally do that, right?
Searching….DIY coffee table ottoman….hmmm seems like lots of cutting and gluing and nailing…ain’t nobody got time for that.
What if…..I just made a cover for the coffee table and then removed it when she wasn’t a hazard to herself anymore?
Searching….removable coffee table cover….really didn’t find anything other than a slip cover, which really wasn’t what I was looking for. I needed to add some cushion to the corners. Looks like I get to be a Pinterest Pioneer and be the first.
I decided that I was going to make a box to lay over the top part of the coffee table and then cover it.
Here are the steps I took:
First thing is that I measure the coffee table each side and the top so I knew how big I had to get the boards. I planned on getting peg board if I decided to be a masochist and do tufting. I knew that peg board was flimsy that I had to get wood to put in the corners to hold it a bit more stable so that was going to require that I add a few inches to each piece of the wood to compensate and have it still lay over the top of the coffee table.
Went to Home Depot and found a big sheet of peg board and had the guy cut all the pieces for me there! It was 7 cuts and he didn’t even charge me the $.25 per extra cut. So much easier that trying to it myself. Can’t even imagine how much time that saved me. I am not a big power tool gal ironically.