Welcoming a new member of your family in your home could be both an exciting and a slightly scary experience for any new parent. During the first few months of her life, the baby cannot even keep her head upright. Over time, however, things change radically, and after only a few short months, she begins to crawl everywhere. This is the moment when you start frantically thinking about securing furniture, doors, windows and so on. There are several key areas to consider when child-proofing. Sockets, sharp corners and, of course, interior doors. In the following lines we will consider a couple of options for properly child-proofing the doors in your apartment or house, so read on!
Door slam protection
Often the child’s small fingers or hands can be injured when doors are slammed even by accident. It is not necessary for someone to push the door or close it harder. The child’s hand can simply be caught between the door and the frame when the door shuts close because of airflow in the house, for example. The solution in this case is simple and comes in the form of a door guard that prevents slamming. The rubber guard is placed at the top of the door, preventing it from closing completely and from being taken down by curious children … The guard acts as a buffer between the interior door and its frame. Thus, the child’s fingers or hands will not suffer an injury.
The price range of these door guards varies, but in general does not exceed a few pounds per item. In other words, childproofing all doors in your home will be very cheap, yet effective.
Closing the doors
Another surefire way to protect your children from the potential risks in your home is to simply keep the doors closed or locked. At least in the beginning, children will not be able to reach the handles on their own. So that is the easiest and most convenient way to keep them out of danger. If your interior doors can’t be locked, maybe this is the time to think about replacing them. If you don’t want to invest in new interior doors, at least replace the locks and handles with ones that work.
Another safety option is the installation of stoppers that do not allow the door handles to be pressed. Thus, the door itself cannot be opened by children. Unlocking the mechanism is easy – it is done by pressing a secret button or a lever. These mechanisms are relatively easy to install, and there are two types. The first type requires the removal of the handle then installation of the mechanism and finally re-installation of the handle. The other type of handle securing mechanisms are self-adhesive ones. The installation of this second type is way simpler. Removing them, on the other hand, leaves marks on the doors, which are more difficult to scrub clean.
In addition to securing and locking interior doors, make sure that the cabinet doors where you keep detergents or other dangerous objects are locked. The most convenient way to secure this type of door is to install a cabinet locking device. There is currently a wide variety of products on the market, suitable for different types of cabinet handles. They are easy to install and at the same time provide sufficient safety.
Glass interior doors
Glass doors also pose a potential risk to children as kids may run through the glass by accident. Fortunately, however, there are steps you can take to secure your glass interior doors as well. First of all, if you want to put this type of interior door, but are worried about the kids, consider and look at frosted or other glass designed with patterns. The important thing in this case is that the glass is more visible. This seemingly simple solution will prevent dangerous accidents.
However, if you already have glass doors with clear glass, consider sticking some stickers. There are different types that easily stick to the glass surface and then leave no traces when removed. These stickers can be placed up or down at the height of your child’s eyes. That way she can easily see and register in her mind whether the door or window is open or shut. These types of stickers are suitable for glass interior doors, as well as for sliding doors and French windows.
Apart from being very effective in securing interior doors, the implementation of the methods above will not change the look of your doors. In fact, investing in high quality interior doors is recommended! With a small child at home, you will need a durable door that will withstand prolonged use. For this purpose, SBS Design offers you custom-made interior doors, specifically for your needs.