Is family-time big in your kitchen? If you have the pitter-patter of little feet or a thunderous herd of adults invading your space, then it’s time to create a kitchen that can handle the invasion. Whether you need a kid-proof space or just have a full house, these kitchen design tips and ideas will let you enjoy family time and your kitchen.
If you expect to have a horde of people in your kitchen helping out, then make sure there’s move to room around. No one should feel cramped or uninvited. When there’s room to move around, family time can be fully enjoyed. With the right space considerations, there will be no more bumping into each other, getting elbowed, or being blocked by cabinet doors and drawers. Everyone’s happy!
Since other rooms encourage relaxing, you may find yourself in need of a workspace that helps family members concentrate on work and get things done. Family-friendly kitchens often need to be more than just a kitchen. When it’s not lunch or dinner time, the kitchen is the perfect, distraction-free space for work. (That’s why “kitchen desks” are often a popular and timeless addition to kitchen design.)
Big, busy families have a LOT of things going on all at once. So what better way to track all the moving pieces than by adding a command center-like space to one of the most used rooms of your house. The kitchen is the place we all visit before leaving for the day (breakfast) and at the end of the day (dinner). This makes the kitchen a good tool for passing along daily reminders, holding family meetings, and much more.
Protecting both your kids from your kitchen and your kitchen from your kids can feel like a chore. Tiny heads are like magnets for things that are easy to bump into, and no one wants to watch dinner burn because a little one needs soothing after bumping into the edge of an overhanging countertop or falling into pointy cabinet knobs/pulls. There are simple ways to make a kitchen more family-proof than expected.
Maybe it only takes one person to cook and others want to hang out while you work. Or maybe you need to keep an eye on the kids while lunch or dinner is cooking. Either way, there are clever ways to add entertainment spaces to your kitchen space, keeping young family members or guests busy and in sight.
Those are just some of the many ways to make a kitchen more family-proof, and any of these ideas will get you the family-friendly kitchen that’s beautiful and durable for many years to come.
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