Design Tips for a Family-friendly Kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen is the centre of home activity? It’s not surprising since every family member spends most of their time here, either cooking, eating, relaxing, or, why not, studying.

For those who still consider the kitchen a space merely for cooking, consider changing your mind – it’s far more than that. The kitchen is a place to make memories, where the entire family gathers and spends valuable time together.

Now, you may think that it’s not easy to make your kitchen fit each and every need. Maybe your space doesn’t allow you to create a multifunctional hub or personalise it to meet your family’s expectations. We don’t contradict you – it’s challenging to equip your kitchen to address the needs of your household, but not impossible. All you need to do is decide on the time when you want to remodel your space, and we’ll come up with the advice.

Here you find some of the most effective ways to create a well-organised family kitchen:

Bring in an Island with Seating

f you already have an island, great, but if not, consider bringing in one. Not only will it add extra counter space and storage, but it will also inspire personality. It would be an excellent space for family gatherings and casual dinners. Besides, you can use the extra space for various purposes. Whether you add another sink or install the dishwasher or microwave into it, an island is never out of place in a kitchen. Depending on your kitchen space, family lifestyle, and, of course, budget, you can choose from various kitchen islands – double-tiered, fully functional, rolling cart, portable/non-portable, and so on.

It would also be great to add seating for at least four people. Consider adding tall bar stools or chairs to make the space even more functional and give a good first impression to the guests crossing your threshold. This area will make for a great casual dinner or mini home office because, yes, there are people who prefer to solve job duties in the kitchen. Are you one of them?

Install Soft-close Cabinet Doors

Families with younger children opt for soft-close cabinet doors to prevent the little ones from getting their fingers slammed or pinched in the classic doors. Plus, closing them will no longer make noise, which is great if we’re to think about the hundreds of times you have to open and close doors when cooking. Soft-close cabinet doors can also have a longer lifespan because the risk of tear and wear is significantly reduced. Generally, the stress placed on the cabinets leads to cabinetry damage in time. But with a gentle close, this is no longer possible. Besides, you can save money – you don’t have to change your cabinet doors every time they get damaged.

And don’t forget about the luxury feel such doors can give your kitchen. They’re not only a much more practical and safer alternative but also attractive and sophisticated. So, if you’re looking for a high-end upgrade, you should put soft-close hinges on your list.

Opt for Easy-care surfaces

When it comes to the kitchen, it’s vital to choose easy-care surfaces to ensure you don’t have to spend hours cleaning every time you prepare a meal or have a family gathering. Floors and worktops play a significant role, in this case, given that they are the most exposed-to-stain surfaces. Wooden floors might sound good but think twice before choosing such flooring because, despite the elegant look, they require frequent maintenance to keep them looking beautiful. Opt for flooring laminate instead – it’s an excellent alternative to wood being scratch and water-resistant. Plus, it’s an easily cleanable surface, making it possible to maintain high hygienic standards in your kitchen. Laminate is known as solid and impact-resistant flooring, and that’s why it’s one of the most popular choices among householders. In an equal manner, you can choose vinyl flooring – it’s one of the easiest floorings to maintain. So, if maintenance is the first on your checklist, vinyl might be the perfect solution for you.

Moreover, you shouldn’t have problems with the installation because vinyl is a relatively easy material to install. However, you need to pay attention to the ground you’re laying it because it must be completely level and dry. If you’re not sure you can handle it, you can call in a professional anytime.

As you can see, there’re viable solutions to make your kitchen look fabulous and still be practical.

Storage, Storage, Storage

Storage space can never be enough, particularly when it comes to large families. So many things have to be stored in a kitchen, from plates and utensils to pantry items, everything should be in place to avoid chaos. And we all know how frustrating it is to search for a specific knife or spoon and not find it when you need it the most. If you have little children, a space for their art supplies and eating implements is also required. So, where to store all these? A viable solution would be to install cabinets with drawers, spice racks, and even open shelving. For kids, it would be helpful to choose specially designed drawers that are easier to access and ensure safety when used. Planning your storage space is vital in a renovation project. Still, if you don’t manage to do so, you can contact an interior designer who will give you professional advice.

Consider a Double-sink

It might sound too much, but a double-sink might be just the right thing for large families. You already know how many dishes have to be washed after a family dinner, and not often, it might be pretty challenging to clean them using only one sink. But if you choose to install a double-sink, things can be much easier. You can share the duties so that one washes the dirty dishes using one sink while the other uses the other sink for food preparation.

Open shelving can also be a family-friendly solution in the kitchen since it offers more storage space. Another recommendation would be to switch to a pull-out trash can because it keeps the garbage out of reach for kids. We hope you find our tips helpful enough to start the renovation process right away!

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