Five Kitchen Features You Need If You Have Small Children


If you have little kids, you may want to keep their needs in mind when choosing the design for your new kitchen. Finding a design that integrates their needs as well as yours, promises to make your kitchen more functional and enjoyable for the whole family. Here are some ideas to consider:

1. Eat-in space

Even if you have a formal dining room, make sure that you have a spot to eat in your kitchen. This is especially important for small children because they have small tummies, and they need to snack often. As a result, if you have a breakfast nook, a bar with stools or even just room for a tiny little kid-sized table, your kid can enjoy a snack in your sight while you work on cooking dinner. Additionally, having an eat-in area for the kids or the whole family prevents your formal dining room from getting cluttered with mess.

2. Play corner

Young children typically love to be wherever their parents are, and you should take advantage of this fact as much as possible because as kids get older they tend to crave a bit more space and independence. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking or baking, you should also create a small corner where the kids can play. This could be a drawer that pulls out to hold toys along with space for a rug, it could be a little corner with a play kitchen so your kid can pretend to be like you, or it could be any range of other options.

3. Lots of storage

Storage is critical if you have a family, and as your children grow older and bigger, they are going to grow hungrier and hungrier. Prepare for that need now by designing a kitchen with a lot of storage. That gives you room to store all the food you need as well as fun cooking supplies and other items.

4. Safety features

Safety features are a given on most appliances, but if you have small children, you need to focus even more on safety features. For example, make sure that you choose a stove with controls that are located up and out of reach, and opt for an oven with a door that locks so your child cannot accidentally pull it open and get burned.

5. Water dispenser

Small children often love to be able to do things on their own, and if you choose a fridge with a water dispenser, your child can have all the water he or she wants. It's at a height most toddlers can reach.

Want to get more ideas? Contact a kitchen designer. They can help you come up with design ideas and find materials that are durable enough to survive children.


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