For most families, the kitchen is the heart and soul of their home. It is a room in which the whole family can gather to socialize and enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal over great conversation and belly laughs. It’s essential that you create a family friendly kitchen that balances both practicality and style.
Five Steps To A Family Friendly Kitchen
What You Need To Think About Before You Get Started
If you are planning to update or upgrade your kitchen then you need to consider several factors before jumping straight into completing the work. As it is one of the most used rooms of your entire home, it is essential that you get things right the first time or it could lead to problems, regret, and ultimately having to redo some parts of the renovation.
Make sure that you adequately plan out exactly how you want your kitchen to function, and look. Without planning, you will likely forget, or miss important details that you want in your new kitchen space. All families are different, and as such will have different needs that need to be met. When you approach a professional to design a kitchen, they will not know these smaller details, so it is important that if you are allowing another person to help with the design, you have planned ahead, and can pass on this information to them.
This goes for how your kitchen will look, and the design of it too. If you allow another person to completely design your kitchen you may end up with a design you do not like or are unhappy with. Thankfully there are plenty of examples and even quotes about interior design that you can look into for inspiration if you are unsure what you want yourself.
If you know what you want and have planned adequately, then here are 5 steps for a family friendly kitchen.
1. Create An Inviting Space
Gone are the days of "one butt kitchens" decorated in avocado green and harvest gold. Today's kitchens are light, bright, airy and as spacious as can be. Walls are coming down, and open concept floor plans are on every new homeowner's wishlist. If you don't have an open concept floor plan and a kitchen remodel isn't in your budget, do what you can to ensure a clutter-free, bright kitchen. Here's some tips:
2. Install Easy To Clean Flooring
A family-friendly kitchen is bound to see a lot of traffic, so keeping things clean will be paramount, especially when it comes to the floors. Choose an easy to clean flooring option such as durable vinyl or hardwood in a neutral color and pattern, and avoid slippery surfaces like very kid-unfriendly marble.
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3. Update Your Appliances
It's safe to say that your family-friendly kitchen is going to see more than just a few meals prepared, and if your appliances are old and / or on the fritz, it might be time to replace them. Of course, you don't have to replace every appliance you own at once; begin by replacing the ones you use the most. Not only will you enjoy cooking in a kitchen with upgraded appliances, you'll be saving money on your energy bills by purchasing Energy-Star certified appliances. You can find out where to buy home appliances by checking online.
4. Avoid Sharp Corners
Sharp corners around your countertops, tables and any other areas in your kitchen could prove hazardous to younger children who might end up stumbling into them. If possible, try to soften these corners using edge and corner cushions. Here's a great tutorial on how to make super affordable DIY corner bumpers using plumbing foam pipe insulation!
5. Store Fragile Items Safely
Storing fragile cookware such as stoneware and ceramic too low in your kitchen can be an issue around small children. Consider storing crockery and other breakable items in upper cabinets, or adding child safety cabinet locks to lower cabinets. That way, you don’t have to worry about little ones being injured from broken crockery. The same holds true for cleaning products that contain dangerous chemicals: make sure they are stored safely away from curious kids.
We hope these tips help you to create a more child-friendly kitchen space in your home.
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