Who says that cooking and eating are the only activities that are allowed to take place in the kitchen? If you want to make this room the central hub of your family time, you go ahead and do it by putting the advice laid out below into practice.
Here are three tips that you should heed if you want to create a family-orientated kitchen space.
Make it safe
First and foremost, you need to ensure that your kitchen is safe for all those that enter it. Adults and children alike should be able to spend time in this space without having to worry being burned, getting cut, slipping over, or coming into contact with hazardous substances.
If you want to protect your family against all the danger that could potentially befall them in your kitchen, be sure to put the following advice into practice:
Fill the space with an ample amount of lighting
Install slip-resistant flooring
Ensure that electrical fixtures are kept away from water
Fit water-temperature regulators
Keep a fire extinguisher at hand (and store it safely)
Keep it clutter-free
From an aesthetic point of view, none of your family members are going to want to spend time in your kitchen if it is messy. If you want to convince your family that the kitchen is the new social hub of your home, you need to keep it clutter-free.
You can achieve this by:
Maximising your storage space
Enforcing a ‘put it away’ rule
Resolving to keep necessities only ever on your countertops
Placing dirty dishes in the dishwasher immediately
Setting up a dedicated space for mail documents
Getting rid of all old appliances and utensils as soon you purchase new ones
Hanging up your oven mitts and aprons after they’ve been used
Incorporate work surfaces of different heights
If you want to encourage your kids to spend more in your kitchen, you need to make the space more accessible to them. One of the best ways to do this is to incorporate work surfaces of different heights into the design of your kitchen. This will provide your little ones with the opportunity to sit, eat, play, relax, and do their homework comfortably in your kitchen, simply because they won’t be forced to stretch to reach your countertops.
Incorporating work surfaces of different heights into your kitchen is not going to be an easy task if you are not a professional kitchen designer. Before you attempt to take on this challenge and potentially damage your kitchen beyond repair, you should align yourself with a professional design company like Nonpareil Solutions.
As your family grows both older and more significant, you’re going to find yourself in desperate need of more space. You don’t have to sacrifice your traditional living area or relocate to a larger property to find this space — you can find it in your kitchen. If you want to create a kitchen that your family actively enjoy spending time in, be sure to heed all of the above advice.