While many people believe the living room is the center of the household, that award now belongs to the kitchen. The kitchen has become a hub of social activities including good news, bad news, good food, and even bad food. The kitchen is the soul of the home and as the soul of a home, it should be a safe and family-centered space. In many homes, the kitchen is a major space for entertaining. In fact, many people design their kitchens around the need for entertaining, with a major emphasis on holidays. However, there are only a handful of holidays that really create a need for people to gather in the kitchen. In addition to a kitchen worthy enough to entertain the kings, you need one that suits your everyday family needs as well.
Here, we take a closer look at a Copper Chef review of how you can create a more family-focused kitchen in your own home.
Questions to Consider
Before beginning any renovation or remodel, you have to know exactly what you’re designing. With that, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself regarding your family’s lifestyle, demands, and wants. When it comes to these questions, you need to ask yourself the following:
- How large is your family? This includes pets.
- Who uses the kitchen on a daily basis and in what capacity?
- How often do you use your kitchen?
- How often do you use certain appliances in your kitchen?
- How often do you entertain and in what capacity?
Once you’ve taken the time to thoroughly answer these questions, you have a better understanding as to how your family utilizes this space. This makes it easier for you to create a design that works for the whole family.
For a kitchen to be designed as family-friendly, there are a few key designs that your kitchen must have.
- Open floor plan: A floor plan that allows for a seamless transition between the living room and kitchen makes it easier for the family to flow throughout. This also increases your line of sight with small children and gives you a greater sense of comfort when you’re in one room and they’re in the other.
- Easy Clean Surfaces: Families are messy. It doesn’t matter how old everyone in the home is, messes will be created. You want to incorporate surfaces that are as easy to clean as they are aesthetically pleasing. Surfaces like quartz and laminate are on opposite ends of the budget scale, but both get the job done. They are forgiving of scrapes, bumps, fare well in shock absorbency, and can easily be cleaned.
- Organization: Having enough storage is a major concern for families. Safety is a key component to a family-centered kitchen. As part of safety precautions, everything in the kitchen needs a place. Incorporate enough space in the kitchen for appliances to be properly stored when not in use or at least out of reach of young children who cannot operate them. Additionally, an organized pantry can go a long way. Consider putting the foods that your children like in easy-to-reach places so that your children become more self-sufficient as they move around the kitchen.