How to make your kitchen child friendly
If you have children or you’re planning on having children, it’s important to make sure that your home is a safe environment for them. We’ve all heard of baby-proofing your house, but this should extent to child-proofing in the kitchen. Whilst for some families the kitchen is the heart of the home, it can also be a dangerous place for young people to be in.
If you want to include your children in your time spent in the kitchen, it’s important to make sure it’s safe for them to be there. Even if you aren’t teaching your children how to cook, it’s necessary to make your kitchen a safe and liveable place for your children to be in.
There can be so much to think about when designing your perfect kitchen, it may seem like too much of a big job. Here at The Wood Works, we can help bring your luxury kitchen into a reality. Speak to a member of our professional team to make the most of their expert advice on 0208 806 5166 or email us at [email protected].
Here’s our top tips on how to make your kitchen child friendly:
1. Add colour into your kitchen
Making your kitchen a friendly place for your children starts with what they can see. By introducing colour into your kitchen space, you will make the space inviting and fun for children, rather than mono-tonal and bland.
In order to introduce colour into your kitchen, you don’t need to give up whole walls – accents of colour in your appliances and accessories work just as well! Whether it’s brightly coloured crockery or patterned plant pots, injecting an element of fun into the kitchen is a perfect way to make your kitchen child friendly!
There’s lots of research into how different colours can impact our mood, as well as our children’s mood. Bright hues like yellow are thought to boost our mood and energy levels, whereas mellow hues like blues can have a calming effect. Make sure to consider what kind of mood you want to set in your kitchen before choosing your splashes of colour!
2. Stick to smooth edges
Similar to the standard rules of baby-proofing a house, it’s really important to have as many smooth edges as possible in your space.
Smooth edges not only make your space look softer and more inviting, but they’re a lot safer for little ones running around. Sharp edges can be incredibly dangerous around the house when you have children as without full spatial awareness and confidence on their feet, bumps and falls will be common.
3. Storage, storage, and more storage!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – there’s no such thing as too much storage!
Storage is key to making a kitchen space child friendly. Not only will effective storage keep your kitchen space neat and tidy, but it will also keep potentially dangerous items well out of the way of your children. From knives to pots and pans, there’s so many things in your kitchen that can put your child in danger.
However, these dangers don’t have to mean your child can’t join you in the kitchen. You can include your children with food preparation and the joys of cooking by being mindful of where things are stored, and what is accessible to your children. Make every effort not to keep anything dangerous in cupboards that can be reached and opened by your children. You could add in magnetic door locks to secure your dangerous items away from your children.
Your kitchen could be the heart of your home and where some fantastic memories are made. Making a few careful considerations turns a dangerous area for children into a safe, friendly, and inviting space.
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