Your kitchen is the central family hub. From cooking meals or enjoying a midday snack, to getting homework or bills done, the kitchen is the most visited room in the house. There will always be dangerous items and appliances in the kitchen that people, especially children, need to be careful such as knives, the stove, the oven, etc. Thankfully, it’s very easy to protect your family no matter when they’re in the kitchen. Here are three ways you can make your kitchen a family-friendly environment everyone can visit.
- The Cabinet Layout: Kitchen storage is essential to keep up with the flow of the house, the layout of the kitchen itself, and how you’ll utilize the space. Even if you have a small kitchen, if you’re able to work with the cabinets and storage, you’ll find that you have plenty of space. What’s even better is that you can plan on how to protect little ones from more dangerous items like knives. Your knife block can be put away higher than the countertop to keep little fingers from getting into places they shouldn’t be.
- Easy To Clean Material: Messes will happen one way or another. It could be from your child helping you bake, a pet getting bold with sneaking food, or even bumping something on your own. It will happen. Instead of worrying about preventing it all of the time, let your kitchen work with you for the clean up. Pick counter, flooring, and cabinet materials that are able to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
- Bonus Tip! Consider where your trash and recycling will be in the room. You can have a section in the island or another countertop with a pull-out trash and recycling can. It will conceal those unpleasant cans as well as make it convenient to clean up a mess.
- Baby-Proof What You Can: Children and even some pets are extremely curious. If they see something can open they’re going to try to get it open. They could find the sharp objects, household cleaners, or even getting their fingers caught. Think about baby proofing the kitchen with the initial design instead of scrambling to install it last minute.