Is Your Kitchen Kid-Friendly?
December 13, 2019
We’ve Gathered Some Tips to Help You.
Are most surfaces in your house sticky? Are there crayon masterpieces on your walls? Do you seem to only exist to supply snacks and make meals?
If you can relate you probably have little ones of your own or if you have kids that spend a lot of time in your home. Either way, you know how important it is that your kitchen works to meet their needs.
But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice an adult aesthetic in the heart of your home.
We’ve seen it all – and we’re here to share what we’ve learned to help you get the best of both worlds: a kitchen that is not only safe and welcoming for children but also stylish and on-trend for you!
Make it durable
Some materials just aren’t made for kids. For example, anything porous, like granite or marble, may stain or absorb spills. And we know messes are more likely to happen with little hands around.
We can recommend many great non-porous options, like Quartz or Corian, for your countertops, which are resistant to almost anything kids can throw at them and they’re easy to clean for everything else. They’re also available in almost any color and finish you could want.
But what those little feet running around on is important too. For flooring, consider linoleum. It’s soft on the feet, customizable and again – the easiest option to keep tidy.
Think like a child
Whether you’re renovating an existing space or just reorganizing what already exists, your kitchen has the potential to be a great place to encourage independence for all ages.
For a quick snack, you might encourage kids who are old enough to use a microwave at a fairly young age, considering its low risk and doesn’t require a lot of skill.
If that’s the case, you should place your microwave lower than you might otherwise. You don’t want anyone climbing up onto stools or chairs to heat something up and risk falling over.
You should also make the foods you want your kids to eat the most easily accessible. Healthy snacks in low cupboards, that cookie stash that you’d rather your children not access on their own should be put high up in a pantry.
On the flip side, store things you don’t want your kids to access far out of reach.
For example, sharp knives shouldn’t be put in drawers where curious minds could get to them. Opt to use a magnetic strip high out of children’s reach. This has the added benefit of giving you easy access to knives when you need to chop and not taking up precious drawer or counter space.
Keep it all accessible – and safe
Have you heard of the kitchen triangle? To break it down, your main three areas of the kitchen –fridge, sink, and stove – should, you know it, form a triangle in your design.
As with any good work triangle, you’ll want the refrigerator and the sink closest to the access points of the kitchen, and the stove furthest.
This ensures that helpful hands can wash dishes and hungry hands can grab a snack while you’re cooking without distracting you. And with kids, it serves a double purpose. Children love to run and play, so keeping the stove away from high traffic areas will reduce the chance they’ll knock a pot off the element or touch a hot oven.
No matter how much space you’re working with, how old your kids are or what style you’re aiming for, we can make sure it all comes together. Like most things in a family, it’s all about balance.
Contact us for a design professional in-home consultation to help you create a space that works for everyone in your home!