Your kiddos move through every room in the house with the fortitude of a tiny tornado. And your dining room might take the most abuse of all. (You've got the spaghetti-spackled walls to prove it.) Time to rethink your decor and incorporate the below pieces, mama—all of which stand up like a champ to toddler beatings...and still look fit for any adult company.
Chic Dining Room Solutions If You've Got Little Kids
Rustic Dining Tables
Old is good here, folks. Look to natural wood in rustic finishes (hi, farmhouse tables). Basically any surface that both comes with and benefits from nicks and imperfections is your go-to...and a very easy thing to justify the first time Billy stabs it with a butter knife.
Rachel Ashwell Dining Table ($1,695)
Plastic Dining Chairs
Relax—we’re not talking about the flimsy folding ones, guys. We mean on-trend Eames-inspired options, Lucite ghost chairs or sinuous slither numbers—all of which are made of durable, wipeable plastic. They're also lightweight (in the event of a tip-over), and the rounded edges will prevent bumps and bruises.
Lulu & Georgia chairs ($299 for a set of 2)
A Machine-washable Rug
Total. No. Brainer. With more chic and innovative toss-in-the-wash options on the market, you’d do well to take advantage of this super-easy win.
Hook & Loom rug (from $28)
Break-resistant, affordable and downright fun, melamine “china” is the clear answer for everyday use. (Save the Wedgwood for when grandma’s in town, eh?)
SouthHaus plate ($15)
Wooden Blinds Or Roman Shades
Sadly but truly, a dining room with little ones is no place for elegant, pooling drapes. (They’ll make like a giant, crumb-collecting mop.) Opt for simple, wipe-clean blinds or chic Roman shades that rest out of reach and let in lots of sunshine.
Home Decorators Collection Roman shade (from $22)
Remember: When it comes to paint, the higher the lustre, the easier it is to clean. (See earlier note re: marinara sauce.) Look to eggshell, satin or semigloss and tackle stains and scuffs with only a light sponge wipe.
Behr interior paint (from $28)
Tall Hutches And Credenzas
An important rule for every room in the house: The "danger zone" is anything within two feet of your kids' cute, little heads. Translation: When it comes to your china display and vertical bar cart, stow in a high location. (P.S. Mount these heavy pieces to the wall for extra safety.)
Ballard Designs sideboard ($1,099)
Easy-stow High Chairs
Much like the beloved Pack 'n Play, a functional high chair is an undeniably necessary eyesore. We're fans of a lightweight, easy-fold, easy-stow option, which you can then tuck in the closet (or kitchen) when entertaining.
Inglesina High Chair ($149)
Easy-clean Place Mats
Real talk: Any household item that saves us time doing laundry is a welcome addition. Hence, our deep gratitude for easy-wipe place mats in lieu of tablecloths and woven alternatives. Timeless fibers like rattan don't sacrifice any style either.
Wisteria place mats ($24 for set of 2)
When it comes to upholstered fabrics (chair cushions, throw pillows etc), spring for performance fabrics like those by Sunbrella and Perennials, which both repel liquids and resist staining.
Serena and Lily chair cushion ($128)