We all know that the kitchen is the hub of the home. It is used numerous times every day of every year. The collective hours spent in the kitchen make it the one room of the house that is definitely worth getting right when it comes to the design.
There are many beautiful kitchen layouts, but not all kitchens are the family friendly. Having a family friendly kitchen doesn’t mean you have to kiss sophistication or elegance goodbye. In fact, there are many small things you can incorporate into your design that will help create the perfect kitchen for families.
If you’re anticipating birthday parties, extended family dinners or maybe a soccer team lunch, you definitely need more than one way in and out of the kitchen. When considering a family friendly design, creating an open kitchen with multiple entries/exits should be on your list. This will help with the flow of traffic and ensure you’re not getting in each other’s way.
Kitchen bench for barstools
Kitchens are often the place where home work is done, afternoon tea is eaten, and lunch orders are written out. By extending your kitchen bench overhang you can make sitting at the bench on bar stools far more comfortable. It is an inclusive kind of addition that encourages family conversations whilst pancakes are flipped and steaks are grilled.
Kitchen drawers are such a user-friendly installation. They are a fabulous use of space, but we all know things tend to get lost in the abyss of cupboards. But drawers, they are an organised person’s heaven! If you’ve got a growing family, kitchen drawers are one of the best ways to capitalise on your kitchen space.
Soft close drawers and cupboards
Soft closer drawers are one of the best ways to ‘kid-proof’ your kitchen. Children are notorious for slamming kitchen drawers. By using soft close drawers and cupboards you’ll be increasing the life of your drawers and reducing excess noise.
Accommodate for large appliances
Don’t underestimate the need for space to house large appliances. If you’re planning on cooking for family gatherings, a 900mm oven is a must! Also consider installing a double dishwasher or a five-burner cooktop. These additions might cost you extra initially, but once you start catering for a crowd you won’t regret the outlay.
Benchtop selection is a grossly understated part of the design process. Whilst solid colours may appeal to your taste, there are better choices when it comes to designing a family friendly kitchen. Bench tops with a pattern, like a granite look, go a long way towards hiding spills and crumbs.
You don’t have to sacrifice style or elegance to create a family friendly kitchen layout. Small changes can make a huge difference.
To obtain the best advice for transforming your kitchen into a family friendly haven, call Wonderful Kitchens on 02 9772 2988.