The kitchen is a popular meeting spot in most homes. Family and friends who are at the home often are always passing through whether it’s to grab a snack or to sit and read the news paper. This is all the reason you need to make the kitchen family friendly. This is especially important if you have children who are old enough to help themselves while being supervised. This is a good way to allow them to develop a sense of independence. Making sure that your kitchen is suitable for all members of the family may call for some remodeling.
Create Enough Space
Kids enjoy doing homework and studying in the kitchen because food is so accessible. While they are doing this, however, you want to make sure that you can still move around, or get dinner ready if you need to. If the space you have now does not make sharing the kitchen easy, you will have to think about an expansion. As children in the household grow, it usually becomes obvious that more space is needed in certain areas of the home. While they don’t need a special spot in the kitchen for themselves, they should at least be able to work comfortably.
Repurpose Dead Space
Pay attention to your family’s day-to-day kitchen usage. You may happen to notice that specific areas of the kitchen are not used as much as the rest of the room – or at all. Consider the different ways you can repurpose that space to make more efficient use of it.
Pay Attention to Safety
Any family friendly kitchen must not rule out the safety of the youngest members of the household. Store all sharp implements in high drawers or in cabinets that can be locked. Use flooring tiles that provide proper traction even after liquid has been spilled on them. A vinyl floor is generally a good choice for this purpose.
Kitchen stools are popular, but they are not well-suited to young children. They could fall while trying to climb onto them. It is best to have regular chairs or a bench for young children, and make sure that the counter and stools are the appropriate height for older children.
Build Lower Shelves
Build a shelf or two at a height where children can reach the food items that they enjoy. They will appreciate being able to select what they want. Be careful about storing snacks on these shelves if you think they might overindulge.
Lastly, organization is the key to having a kitchen that suits every member of the family. Getting a remodel job done might make this easier, especially if you have a growing family. As experts in the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms, we are ready to make the improvements you need.
Quality First Home Improvement is located in Newington, Connecticut and serves the areas of Newington, Plainville, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Southington, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor. Call us today at 860-667-8105 to discuss how we can help with all of your home improvement needs or help design a family friendly kitchen to meet your current needs.