1. Create spots where you can be together
Gone are the days when Mother used to work away in the kitchen, quite alone. The modern family kitchen sees children or friends sitting alongside the worktop, chatting with the person cooking and sometimes even getting involved. The eating area is the heart of a cosy kitchen. Chairs with cushions or a padded bench make an inviting place to linger and create a cosy kitchen – even kids will be happy to stay sitting at the table for longer. Having some sort of storage space is ideal, so that colouring books and homework can be quickly cleared away when food is ready. If the space is big enough, you could have a counter with bar stools connecting the kitchen and living area.
2. Are you thinking about left-handers in your Family
Are you or your partner left-handed? Then you’ll usually rinse things with your left hand while holding crockery in your right. In that case, for ergonomic reasons it’s best to opt for a sink with the bowl on the left and the drainer on the right. It’s also possible to compromise: choose a kitchen mixer tap with the control lever mounted in the middle, instead of on the left or right. Find out more in our post about leftie-friendly kitchens.
3. Relax while cooking thanks to child-safety features
Children always want to be where things are happening – and that means in the kitchen. Of course, you can only really relax while cooking if you’re not constantly having to keep an eye on your little ones. A cooker guard and safety devices for doors and drawers ensure that your child can’t get at hot pans or hobs. Dangerous objects like knives, scissors and cleaning products can also be kept out of their reach. Covers for cooker windows and plug sockets are also important if these are within your child’s reach.