As a parent, you are probably used to designing and changing your home with your kids' needs in mind. Maybe you choose carpet that cleans up easily, and perhaps you pick dressers with small drawers that kids can open and close. But what about the kitchen? What features might you want to include in your remodeled kitchen to make it a more suitable space for children? Take a look.
A Lower Sink
One option is to install a second sink in your kitchen island. Install it on a lower counter so that your kids have an easier time reaching it. Consider outfitting that sink with a thermostatic faucet, which will ensure the water that comes out is never hot enough to scald little hands. You can let your kids use this sink to wash their hands and help you wash produce.
Locking Lower Cabinet Doors
If your kids are young, you may not want them rummaging through your lower cabinets, especially if you keep potentially dangerous cooking equipment down there. So, ask your cabinet maker to put locks or even just strong latches on your lower cabinets. When your kids are old enough, you can teach them how to unlock or unlatch those cabinet doors. Until then, you will at least know your kids are safer in the kitchen.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring might sound like it is too fancy for a kitchen where your kids are spending their time, but that's not the case at all. This type of flooring has padding attached to the bottom. This makes it feel "softer" and gives it more play underfoot. If your kid falls down or stumbles, they are less likely to get hurt on a luxury vinyl floor than on one made from a harder material.
When choosing a cooktop for your new kitchen, focus on induction cooktops. These only release heat when a metal pot is on its surface. This way, your child can't turn on the stove and accidentally burn themselves. They could still burn themselves on a hot pot while something is cooking, but at least there is less risk.
When remodeling a kitchen, make sure you keep your kids' needs and safety in mind. A kitchen with the elements above will be better suited to their needs. Talk to your kitchen remodeling contractor to learn more, or to see if they have any other ideas.