Tips for a Family Friendly Kitchen
The need for a family-friendly kitchen has never been more apparent than in today’s remote environment. Whether your family includes little ones who set up for virtual class at the kitchen table or teens who only move from online classes to the fridge and back, your kitchen should be able to accommodate everyone!
A Safe Space
While accessible storage is great for dishes, inaccessible storage is just as important when you have small children at home. Keep priceless, fragile and potentially dangerous items in high cupboards that cannot be reached by kids even if they stand on a chair or footstool.
Kitchens are also full of sharp things and kids are masters at finding such items. When you’re planning a family-friendly kitchen, allow for specific storage areas for the more dangerous items. For example, a knife block drawer, integrated cutting boards, and high upper shelving for cleaning supplies are great accessories to keep small, prying hands from where they don’t belong.
Simple Surfaces for Sticky Fingers
You’ll also want cabinets that can be cleaned in a cinch. Flat slab may be the way to go — there’s no space for crumbs to get stuck or juice spills to stain and they offer a timeless look. Consider choosing a high-gloss finish as it is the most durable surface. Lacquered or foil-finished fronts are equally easy to clean, while also being stain and moisture-resistant.
Non-porous stone or metal like stainless steel can be sanitized quickly, are all easy to maintain, and stand up well to the chaos of family mealtime.
An Open Kitchen
An open floor plan is currently on most kitchen wish lists and for good reason — they make multitasking a breeze. If you find yourself running from one room to the next while getting kids ready for school in the morning or making dinner at night, knocking down a few walls could solve your problems. By planning an open concept floor plan for your kitchen, you’ll be able to manage more people while also checking more things off your to-do list. Imagine making lunches in the kitchen while still having your eye on the kids eating breakfast at the dining room table or playing in the TV room. You’ll have fewer steps on your fitness tracker but more peace of mind.
An Oasis for the Kids (And You)
Installing a kitchen island, especially one that is appliance-free, is a great addition to a home with kids. Whether you have young ones playing with cereal in their highchairs or for older kids working on homework, an island provides a space close to the action in the kitchen but still a safe distance away. Consider foregoing an island with appliances, as this will allow the island to be a designated kid space and also eliminate some of the most common kitchen hazards. A well-thought out kitchen design can make your home paradise a reality.
More storage is better at any stage of family life, but the key here is to design flexible storage. A family kitchen requires a lot of storage space to make room for all the dishes, pantry items, pots, and pans. Implement traditional storage spaces throughout your kitchen design, including kitchen walk-in pantries, drawers, cabinetry, and pot hangers. Modern cabinet accessories like adjustable drawers and appliance roll-outs allow for flexibility. From sippy cups to coffee cups, baby bottle sterilizing to a juice cleanse kick — a few modern amenities can make life a breeze whatever phase your family is in.
The key to designing a family-friendly kitchen is making sure that you love it. A kitchen that flows and functions will be a room you’ll enjoy spending time in and not a cause of stress and morning traffic jams.
Are you ready to walk into a family-friendly kitchen like this every morning? Our team understands busy family life and can help you create a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. Visit us at our Shelby Township or our West Bloomfield showrooms to get started or give us a call at 586.247.1140.