How to create the perfect family-friendly kitchen


Kitchens tend to be the busiest room in the home, so it’s important you design a space that all the family can enjoy. Read on for our top tips on how you can create an area that’s perfect for cooking, entertaining and simply relaxing.

The first thing to consider is how each member of your family uses the kitchen. For example, while you’re busy preparing meals, are the kids in the same room keeping you company? If so, choose an open plan design that incorporates a comfortable seating area. You could also include a TV, and make it a multifunctional space that can be used 24/7.

If you like the idea of a seating area, but don’t have the space, an island/breakfast bar will work just as well. They’re not only a fabulous feature, but they’re practical both for eating at and for creating a work zone for studying.

There’s no doubt that family kitchens are one of the most active areas in the home, and from time to time spillages may occur. Gloss kitchens are perfect for this as they can easily be wiped clean! Corian is also an ideal worktop choice for a child-friendly kitchen – it’s stain resistant, is a soft-landing place for plates, glasses and cutlery and it’s easily repairable (just in case any damages do occur)!

Organisation is key in the kitchen and helps everyone easily locate where essentials are. If you have older children who help themselves, it’s a good idea to create a designated area where they can easily reach their breakfast, snacks, drinks, etc.

To add a personal touch, why not display a family blackboard? This will make it easy for all the family to contribute to the shopping list, or write down reminders.

Finally, don’t be afraid to add colour! As the kitchen is a place the whole family want to enjoy, it’s important you include some of your personality. Painted kitchens will give you the freedom to easily customise your space, plus this style can be updated as your style changes over time.

At Direct Kitchens, we can help you create your dream home, perfect for all the family. With a wide selection of worktops, cabinets, appliances and finishing touches to choose from we’re sure to have the kitchen for you.