A well-designed kitchen can bring enjoyment and togetherness for the whole family but a kitchen that has been poorly designed can then become the source of stress, mess and chaos. Therefore, working with a designer you can come up with a concept that fits to the ‘rules’ of a good design but also caters to the whole families preferences and unique tastes.
Designers will understand that you need to be able to put your own signature twist on things but will also be able to help with designs that are better suited to families. For instance, sharp edges and cabinets that show stains like finger print marks aren’t ideal for families with young children.
So, to help you along the way, here are some pointers for a creating that family-friendly kitchen:
So, the first thing to do when designing the perfect family kitchen is to think carefully about what you can include that will make your life easier and stress free. What do you need that will have as little superfluous detail as possible. Once these practicalities are out the way, you can then start to choose a design that will make your heart and eyes sing.
Countertops of course need to be attractive but they will no doubt be bashed and battered once the children are let loose on them, so choosing a material that has the durability to stay looking attractive long term is the best way to go. The best option for this of course would be natural stone but this can be a little pricey. Quartz or laminate are much more cost effective and they are incredibly hard-wearing, impervious to heat and have a low absorption water rate meaning they can cope with spills, ideal for a family-friendly kitchen.
A few simple safety measures will also certainly make a difference for your family friendly space and to your peace of mind. Consider things like raising appliances such as ovens off the floor, if this isn’t an option consider child safety locks or choosing drawers with built-in locking mechanisms.
When there is potential for several children ‘helping out’ in the kitchen, what you think might be an adequately sized kitchen island can soon become the opposite. Kitchen islands tend not to be just used for prepping, baking, cooking meals but also as a social space for interaction and enjoyment, although only if the island is big enough to handle it.
A kitchen island is also great for storage too or even an under-counter wine fridge, just remember you would need to consider space for electrics and plumbing if you want a sink or hob in the top.
Ensuring there is ‘less things’ on the surfaces and worktops will not only help with sanitizing and cleaning but will also mean there will be less dust, dirt, grease and grime. It also means there is more free space for the family to enjoy. This can be achieved by many storage solutions such as pantry racks, drawer organisers and Le-Mans corner unit storage.