With the trend for open plan living showing no signs of slowing, our kitchens have well and truly cemented their place as the heart of the home. From food prep to dining to homework and relaxing, these days the kitchen is often the most lived in room of the house. If you are updating your kitchen and looking for ways to make it more family friendly, check out our list of 9 things every family kitchen needs…
- A hard-wearing work surface
In a meticulous family kitchen you need a work surface that is attractive and tough. There are several options available in the market which are a cost-effective and popular choice with families. Integrate the sink in the right place and you have a perfect kitchen for those looking for a minimalist look.
- Sponge clean walls
From food splatters to sticky fingers, kitchen walls can see a lot of action. Around food preparation areas wall tiles are a must. Around the rest of the kitchen opt for paints specially designed for kitchens as it will offer increased resistance to grease and stains and will also be tough enough to be wiped clean without damaging the paint surface.
- Having a great eating area
An open plan living often tops the ‘must have’ list of many house buyers so creating an eating area within your kitchen makes sense. If your kitchen can already accommodate a dining table, great news, if, however, your kitchen is small and an extension isn’t on the agenda, look for other ways to make it into a more sociable space – for example, could you sacrifice counter space for having a breakfast bar?
- Have the latest gadgets
Updating your kitchen is the perfect time to add some up-to-date technology that are convenient and entertaining like cooking in a state-of-the-art hob and having an auto-clean chimney like what Kutchina offers.
- A place for the kids to play
The great thing about a family kitchen is that it is a space where everybody can interact while doing their own thing. To encourage the kids to spend time in the kitchen (and to help keep the place organised), create a toy storage area – a few baskets will do, include tabletop games and craft stuff to encourage family friendly activities.
- Child locks
Kitchens are full of hazards; asides from the risk of burns and scalds there are sharp knives, toxic substances and of course cupboards and drawers that can trap little fingers. Kitchen cupboards can hold a world of fascination to young children who would happily ditch the expensive toys in favour of a cupboard filled with window cleaner and furniture polish. To keep the little ones safe, be sure to install appropriate child locks on all cupboards and drawers and never leave a child unattended in the kitchen – better to be safe than sorry, right?
- Soft close cupboards and drawers
Reduce the opportunity for door slamming with soft close cupboards and drawers! As well as no more slamming, the soft close action minimises the wear and tear on hinges.
- A family sized oven and hob
For modern large families, opting for extra hobs is a great way to make cooking meals easier.
Have fun building or renovating!