The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house: it is where evening meals are prepared and where the family gathers to share the activities of the day. Due to this focus on the family, the design of the space must reflect this by being fully functional and capable of meeting the needs of multiple generations. Fortunately, there are many ways to create a kitchen design that is suitable for families; some of them are described below.
The first aspect that you should take into account when designing your kitchen is the location of the refrigerator, oven and sink. With a busy family life, your top priority is preparing meals as quickly and easily as possible. Mornings are often hectic, trying to eat breakfast and prepare the children’s lunches for school. The same can be said for nights, when all you want to do is feed the kids and put them to bed so you can relax. By placing your oven, sink, and refrigerator in a “work triangle,” your family can eat much faster.
It is also of utmost importance that you carefully consider the floor plan before finalizing your kitchen design. Think about how your kitchen is commonly used – is the space just for meal prep, or do you eat there too? Are adults the only people using the space, or do children like to sit on the bench with you? The answers to these questions will help you decide on a floor plan that will keep everyone happy.
These days, the ultimate in family kitchen designs is having the space attached to a living room in the house. In most cases, this is the dining room, but it could also be the living room or a combination of both. This ensures that the family can stay together while Mom or Dad cook dinner. Children can watch television or do their homework knowing that their parents are nearby and can help out if they need it.
The final aspect of your kitchen design that needs to be considered is the way the storage space is organized. If you have tall cabinets, be sure to use them to store your fine china and other fragile items that you don’t want kids to get their hands on. Use lower cabinets to store the crockery and cutlery that you need regularly and that the children can use. As you plan your storage, think about how things are arranged in your pantry and refrigerator; keep things that children cannot have out of reach.