There are so many things that don’t really become a safety issue until a child is added into the picture. For example, kitchen drawers and heavy doors never really seem to be a trapping hazard, just like sharp edges and hard surfaces never really become an issue until you have a little one exploring the ins and outs of your home. The kitchen can often be one of the hardest rooms in the home to keep a child safe and out of harm’s way. There are however, many ways in which you can ensure your kitchen is as child-friendly as possible.
Creating the right kind of layout is the first thing you need to consider with your kitchen. It’s a known fact that children like to run around and have fun, and for this reason alone it’s best to have a family friendly kitchen layout. Your kitchen needs to work well for you, and it’s always a good idea to include a social space for either a table or seating area, this way you can enjoy socialising with friends, or help your children with their homework. This kind of social space is also great for evening meals and breakfast, helping you get the family together for each meal. When choosing your layout, storage is also a key element to consider. Keeping things stored neatly, out of the reach of children is a great way of preventing incidents, as well as keeping your kitchen neat and organised.
How you choose to decorate your kitchen is also an element to consider when aiming for a child-friendly environment. Children are attracted and inspired by bright, bold colours and, whilst this doesn’t mean you have to choose a really bright theme, introducing features such as a statement wall, coloured splash back and bright appliances will simply help to engage your little ones and create an interest with them in the kitchen. Incorporating vibrant patterns and bright designs will stimulate your little one’s imagination and create a fun, happy family space.
You then have to identify the main features that can cause potential problems when your children are around. Features such as the cooker, sink area, worktops and so on. When it comes to your cooker/oven, it’s best to make sure your oven door has a suction closing device, enabling it to close slowly yet need some force to open. This way, even if your little one tries to open it when you’re not looking, the suction will hold the door firmly and not allow the door to swing open. Other cost efficient additions you can introduce to your kitchen are features such as door stoppers, to prevent any doors from slamming on little fingers. If you want to keep your little ones out of the cupboards, investing in a home safety set it always really beneficial. A home safety set includes locks for drawers, cupboards and other features that you don’t want little hands going into. Having safety locks on your drawers will enable you to keep your children safe, whilst also keeping your cupboards neat and tidy.
There are some smaller, inexpensive ways in which you can create the perfect family-friendly kitchen, without having to make any drastic changes. Introducing artwork is always great for brightening up the room, as well as adding some character and style. Pinning your children’s artwork to your kitchen units is also a really nice way of giving your children some pride, and confidence that their creations are enjoyed and up for everyone to see! You could go down the route of educational features such as world maps, foreign sayings etc., or even family photographs and portraits. A chalkboard is also a really fun way of giving your family a space to write notes, ingredients, messages or even reminders, and this is a feature that you can all use too. The key to a child-friendly kitchen is to ensure that you keep the style and character, whilst making it versatile and fun for a child to use too.