How do I get my children to stop destroying the sofa?
Kids love jumping on the sofa. Throwing the cushions at each other. Playing the floor is lava. Creating a pillow fort. We did it as kids too.
But as parents, we don't love having cushions destroyed (being bust open, covered in sticker residue or drawn on) or having no where to sit because we can't undo the fort.
So what’s a parent to do? Answer: Invest in a play couch.
A play couch is a kids' couch that is designed for play. It’s a sofa comprised from individual modular foam blocks that can be positioned as a couch or used to play with as over-sized foam building blocks. The foam interior is the same as your family sofa but often a little extra firm to have more stability for play.
A play couch is lower to the ground which makes it the perfect height for them to get on and off independently. Usually they are around 8-12 inches off the ground. They make the perfect height for babies to practice pulling to standing and cruising as well.
When your child is potty-training you want to give them independence, but you also don’t want them to ruin the family sofa. Instead of relying on puppy pads to keep your cushions clean, a play couch often includes waterproof liners. The liners are positioned between the foam and the exterior cushion covers and protect the foam from wetness that will cause mold. So if a cup spills or an accident happens, you can take salvage in that it won’t cause ruin to the sofa. This also makes a great place for kids to hang out when they are home from school sick as you can simply wash the covers when they are back to school again.
Kids make messes but couches are usually not washable. Play couch covers are removable and can go in the laundry on cold and hang to dry. We use a bit of hair spray to remove marker and pen or stain-remover spray for other marks. This keeps the play couch looking fresh and saves the family sofa too.
SAFER- NO WOOD FRAME
A play couch is all cushion, no frame which eliminates the risk of injury from bashing into a wood arm rest or frame that is exposed when the cushions are on the floor. The pieces make great crash pads to be laid at the base of the family sofa when kids are using the main couch. As well, the play couch cushion covers come with protective zipper pockets so that no one gets a zipper to the face when those cushions go flying.
MADE FOR PLAY
Because a play couch is made for play it provides hours of entertainment for kids while leaving alone the family sofa and staying off the screen. The modular cushions can be turned into forts, castles, tea parties, playing shop and so much more. They are open-ended so that kids of any age, ability or interest can participate in their own way in a build that is suited to them.
A play couch can also be used in all sorts of games and activities. Check out some inspiration here.