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Designing a family kitchen

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If you have young children, or are planning to, you might consider designing a family kitchen, when thinking about your new or renovated kitchen space. The kitchen is the hub of the home. And whether you have a small, square kitchen, a long, galley kitchen, or a large open plan space, it’s worth considering the youngsters when planning. 

What are the important considerations when designing a family kitchen?

Ensuring that your kitchen caters to the needs of the whole family requires thoughtful consideration. Here are several measures you can take to achieve just that:

  • Rounded countertop edges: Since children often reach the height of countertops, sharp corners can pose a significant danger. By opting for rounded edges, you can enhance the safety of your household and provide peace of mind.
  • Lowered countertops: Cooking and baking with your children can be a delightful and educational experience. Consider lowering a section of your worktop to create a dedicated space for your little ones to assist you. This eliminates the need for unsafe balancing acts on chairs or other precarious setups.
  • Choose a matte finish: While glossy kitchen cabinets may appear visually appealing, they tend to highlight handprints and fingerprints. This becomes particularly challenging with small children and their sticky fingers, as it can make your cabinets appear dirty. Opting for a matte finish kitchen will help mitigate this issue, maintaining a cleaner and more pristine look.
  • Hygienic worktops: Hygiene is paramount, especially when it comes to young children. Certain worktop materials offer better hygienic properties than others. Corian and solid surfaces are among the most sanitary options, followed closely by quartz. These materials are specifically designed to be seamless, without gaps or holes where food and debris can accumulate, preventing the breeding of bacteria.

Why not take a look at our stunning kitchens today, here at Homematas?