The kitchen is the heart of the home where all the family gathers together to enjoy quality time. As family spaces change, and we embrace open-plan living, we are tending to spend more time together in one room, and that room is often a multi-purpose kitchen/dining/living room, often with access straight on to the garden. But with little ones running around and playing, how can you make your kitchen, child friendly?

Shaker kitchens retailer Harvey Jones uses their expertise to offer advice on how you can make your kitchen a safe place for your little ones.

 

Make your kitchen fit for the whole family. A large kitchen with wooden floor and black kitchen island with bifolding doors behind. Lights fall down above the island and bunting hangs above the doors

 

Child-safety
Whilst you are preparing dinner, you’ll want to keep a watchful eye on the children whilst keeping the other on your cooking.

An island, table or breakfast bar in your kitchen is a great space for the children to gather and watch you work.

If you do want to include a hob on your island but also want it to be a place where children can perch, then think carefully about the island’s arrangement and the kind of power you choose for your hob.

A breakfast bar that’s placed at a slightly higher level than the rest of the island will prevent small fingers creeping close to an exposed flame or boiling pans, while an induction hob with no exposed flame and safety indicators that flash to indicate if a zone is still hot is a good choice.

A table at a slightly lower area but attached to one side of the island is also a clever option. Just make sure there’s plenty of room for chairs to be pushed back without being in the way of any kitchen traffic.

A layout that encourages children to stay out of the cooking and prep areas is best to keep them out of harms’ way. Think about placing your fridge to one side out of the main body of the kitchen so they can safely access it to get their own drinks or ice-creams.

If you want them to help you lay the table in time for tea, then it’s also worth placing the plates cupboard on the rear side of an island or to store things in a dresser near the table so they can help without getting under your feet as you dish up.

 

Make your kitchen fit for the whole family. A laundry room going out onto decking garden

 

Outside in
The fresh air does everyone a world of good – and whilst we can never rely on the weather, a kitchen that flows onto the garden, with bi-fold doors and flooring that sieges seamlessly from one space to another, avoiding any trip hazards, is a great way to encourage your small ones to venture into the great outdoors.

Lighting both outside and in is vital for creating the perfect atmosphere and mood in your kitchen space. If you have bi-fold doors, think carefully about how they might look both during the day and as night falls, to avoid that ‘wall of black’ that is often the result of large expanses of glass. Ensuring the garden is illuminated, both by directional spots inside and specialist garden lighting outside is one way to keep the garden feeling part of the space whatever the time of day. If you have decking, then placing spots around the edge will not only show where it ends but can also add a little sparkle to your night-time dining.

How to keep the space tidy
A utility room near to the kitchen is the perfect area to hide away any clutter that family life brings – dirty shoes, laundry, coats and more can all be stored – or hidden – away in your utility so your kitchen can remain clutter free.

If you have the space then adding a sink will mean you can wash off muddy shoes and pets, too, so there’s no risk of traipsing mess through the kitchen.

If a utility room isn’t an option because you don’t have the space, then a good alternative is to incorporate a cloakroom-style tall cupboard close to the garden entrance. You can use this to keep shoes and coats as well as for storing outdoor games.

 

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8 Comments on Make your kitchen fit for the whole family

  1. Bethany
    January 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm (1 month ago)

    I love these ideas, agree with the fresh air, it adds a whole new element to the kitchen (not to mention the lovely smells that float out when cooking )

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  2. Rachel
    January 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh Jenny i do miss having a kitchen . I loved this post because it made me feel excited about when mine arrives x

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  3. CurvyGirlThin
    January 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh I live for the day I have a dream kitchen. I’d definitely love the outdoor in thing for those breezy summer days when we want to flow between the kitchen and the patio!

    Cx

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  4. Linda Hobbis
    January 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm (1 month ago)

    I love the idea of organising your kitchen so that your kids can help. I’ve already realised that the kids can’t lay the table because we’ve got the plates high above their heads. You have to be so careful with the position of the hob too, don’t you.

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  5. Lynne Harper
    January 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm (1 month ago)

    Our kitchen in our new house is like this and I love it. It also has a snug and opens on to decking looking over the garden. Its very much the main area of our home and something I have craved for us all for many years x

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  6. hannahhowell912
    January 18, 2018 at 9:42 pm (1 month ago)

    I love having fresh air in, I can’t wait for the weather to do a bit better for it x

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  7. Fatima
    January 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm (1 month ago)

    I always love having big kitchen as there’s enough space in such kitchens that more than 2 people can stay there and there’s still some breathing space.

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  8. stephanie
    January 20, 2018 at 7:39 pm (1 month ago)

    I only have a small kitchen in my flat but I love these tips x

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