Kitchen Views designer Amy Mood says there are a few things that can make a kitchen child-friendly:
- For little kids the height of the seating area is key. Don’t leave them out of the action with tall stools they can’t easily climb up.
- Countertop corners should be rounded to prevent injuries during collisions. At particular ages, a sharp corner on a counter is right at eye level.
- Built-in step stools can be concealed under cabinets, but they’ll be put to such good use (as playsink or stove, drawing surface, etc.) that you’ll rarely find them concealed.
- Safety latches are getting more attractive all the time. The latest use magnets with special keys that need only be waved in front of hidden locks to release them.
- The new induction cooktops that heat only magnetic pots and pans but otherwise do not produce heat are probably the best solution to the age-old challenge of keeping children from attempting to imitate Julia Child without supervision. They’ve been popular in Europe for years but are only just catching on in the United States.
While tailoring a kitchen to children can make sense at times, there’s something important to remember: Kids are going to get bigger really fast.