Child-Friendly Design Elements Every Family Should Consider

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For most families, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in their entire home. From homework center to party central, most people spend a considerable amount of time in their kitchen. Consequently, it's important that your kitchen be a functional space for all members of your home, including your children. Incorporating child-friendly design options into your kitchen is one way to accomplish this goal.

Pull-out Stepping Stool

As your children grow more curious, helping you prepare dinner will likely be one of the tasks they are eager to complete. However, for small children, this can be a challenge if they are unable to reach the counter. While you could bring a regular stepping stool into the kitchen, depending on its size, a big, bulky stepping stool will only take up useable space and finding a place to store it in the kitchen can also be a hassle.

A pull-out stepping stool helps you avoid this. This type of addition is built into the unused space between the floor and bottom of your cabinet, allowing your little one to easily pull it out. If you're concerned about safety, these stools are designed to lock in place and can also be designed with child-locks, so that you don't have to worry about your children being able to reach the counter when you're not around.

All-Purpose Space

When most people are designing their kitchen space, they generally don't think about a space for nothing. Sound confusing? You generally have a space for food prep, a space for your countertop appliances and spaces for a host of other needs. However, every child-friendly kitchen needs an all-purpose space that isn't already tasked out for something else. An all-purpose space can serve as a snack bar or even a place for you to watch your child complete their homework while you are preparing dinner.

If you have the extra space in your kitchen, consider adding an island in your kitchen. When designing the island, don't forget to account for the extra space you will need for any chairs that will surround the island. If you don't have the space to add an entire island, consider extending your existing cabinet design further along the wall. This will offer more countertop space without taking up valuable floor space in the middle of your kitchen.

The more child-friendly design elements you add to your kitchen, the more functional and efficient your kitchen will be for everyone in your home. For more help designing a productive kitchen, contact a company like Red River Granite.