How to Redesign a Bachelor Pad into Family Home
At some point in many peoples lives when they find themselves when they find themselves moving from living alone or living with roommates to living with a partner or children.  This can mean a radically different lifestyle, I mean, you can't leave a pizza box sitting in your kitchen counter for two weeks if a toddler could accidentally get into it or your partner may not love the idea of a giant neon Budweiser sign hanging in the living room the same way you do.  Fortunately, RemodelingCentral has your back.  We'll walk you through all the things you need to focus on when it's time to start settling down.

Get Furniture That Everyone Likes

We aren't saying you need to immediately take a trip to Crate and Barrel but we are saying that your 20 year old beer stained couch that came with you from your frat house days will likely find itself on craigslist...or a dumpster.  And that's perfectly fine, it's a small price to pay for the stability and experience of building a life with someone/people you love.  

Cleaning the Fridge and Getting Kitchen Appliances

I know we're making a few pretty broad strokes here but from our extensive research (we looked in the fridges of the  bachelors in our office) one of the key steps to turning a bachelor pad into a family home is a deep kitchen clean.  Removing that yogurt and replacing the beer with perishables is a good first step.  While we're on the subject, you'll probably need to update your cookware from one frying pan and a corkscrew.  We recommend getting a crockpot-- a simple and easy way for working adults to still serve a hot meal at the end of the day.

Baby-Proof the Living Room

You’ve got a beautiful flat-screen TV wall mounted with expensive floor speakers on either side, an electric fireplace in one corner and a foosball table in the other…and all five can be disastrous for kids. Depending on how high your TV is mounted, it may or may not be in close range for kids to reach — and damage.

The other four, though, definitely need to be modified. Floor speakers can weigh up to 50lbs each and if they topple over, can cause serious harm. One option is to spike it to the carpet, but that still doesn’t guarantee they won’t fall. Instead, nudge them behind the wall unit or couch so they fall against those instead of your child. The electric fireplace is walled in by glass and has sharp corners, so concentrate on dulling the sharp edges and hiding the cord so they can’t chew on it. And for the foosball table, well…you may want to consider putting it in another room until they’re older, as modifying it may render it unplayable.

Most Importantly Don't Give Up Everything

If you have a collection of dolls (or action figures) that you are attached to, find a place where everyone in the family can be live with them existing.  One of the most important parts of living with loved ones is compromise and everyone needs to do their part to make it a happy and loving home.

It's not hard to turn a bachelor pad into a family home, but it does require going from room to room with a careful eye. And if you plan it out ahead of time, it won't take long at all.
Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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