The kitchen is, in most cases, the room where families spend most of their time together. Whether it be to eat, socialise, or simply perform different activities in the same area, the right kitchen can be perfect for each family member. However, as children turn into teens and technology becomes the main point of entertainment, the kitchen is even more important for bringing everyone together. So, if you want to create a family-friendly kitchen that everyone will enjoy, here are some tips to get you started.
Be aware that each family is different, which means your needs will likely differ from others. Therefore, this guide should only be used to give you ideas on what you could consider for your own home. Remember to consider the age groups you are catering to, their interests, and your budget.
Plan out a space that feels open, inviting and relaxing. This way, your children and their friends will likely want to spend more time in the kitchen. If you are working with a smaller space, creating an open plan kitchen may be a great idea as you can bring your living room and kitchen together! By removing boundaries, you will have a multipurpose space that will bring everyone together.
If you do choose an open plan kitchen and living area, we recommend strategically placing comfortable seating in a way that faces the kitchen. This way, you can hold a conversation while one is cooking and the other is relaxing.
An alternative way to make an inviting kitchen is to add a kitchen island. Kitchen islands are perfect for socialising because it allows guests to sit around chatting while still in the kitchen. If you have space, it’s also great for kids to hang out and play or do their homework. This will also allow you to keep an eye on them while making their dinner.
Of course, planning the style and purpose of the room is one thing, but you cannot forget the practical elements. There is no point in having a kitchen island for the kids if you’re left with no prep space. It’s important to make sure you design each area to serve all the purposes you need to meet.
If you are thinking about using the island as a workspace, you must also consider wires. Make sure you have enough outlets and hiding areas and check that there are no exposed wires trailing in dangerous spaces. It’s such an easy thing to overlook.
You will often find that younger children will spend more time in the kitchen if they feel happy and engaged. This is something you may want to consider when designing the space. You can create a kitchen that is both functional for yourself and fun for the children. For example, you could add a lower drawer for them where they can store their specific kitchen items. Or, you could even use it for drawing and craft pieces so that they can get creative while you’re busy.
While you may be tempted to choose any kitchen worktop or cabinet, you must think about the whole family. This includes small children. Consider sticky fingers, spills, and other wear and tear that could happen on a daily basis. Keep this in mind when it comes to choosing your styles and materials.
Safety is also an important element to factor in. Rounded corners are usually a safer choice when you have young ones running around, while induction hobs reduce the risk of burns be removing any naked flames.
These are just a few ideas for creating a kitchen that is family friendly and practical for everyone. If you think you’d like to renovate your kitchen, then look no further than Euan Begg. We are happy to offer a free home design visit so that you can see exactly what your kitchen is capable of. To learn more about our services, get in touch.