Kids don’t always spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but when they do, it seldom ends damage-free. From juice spills, wall stains, and scattered playthings to accidental cuts, bruises, and falls that can result in serious injury, most kitchens are a potential disaster site with carefree children in the house. For this reason, remodeling the kitchen with all-family safety in mind is not just smart – it’s downright essential. But how can you kid-proof the kitchen without investing a small fortune in a top-to-bottom remodel?

1. Swap regular for easy-clean surfaces

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Spillage, crayon doodles, and fingerprint stains are a given in a kitchen where kids spend at least a few hours a week. Unfortunately, splotches are much easier to apply than remove, which is why replacing wallpapers with wall tiles and covering cabinetry with adhesive foil can save you a lot of money and cleaning hassle in the long run. The same goes for the floors: natural stone and hardwood are highly susceptible to water, and porcelain tiles (if not the proper PEI rating) are impact-sensitive, so installing luxury vinyl, granite, laminate, or quartz can help take kitchen safety up a notch and reduce cleanup time after kitchen-based playtime sessions.

2. Should you open the kitchen layout or not?

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Kitchen layout is a pressing dilemma for homeowners with kids onboard. Open-floor kitchens merged with the dining or living room are trendy these days, but they do have a few downsides as children can easily run in and out, spilling liquid, tripping over, or leaving behind a trail of toys as an inadvertent booby-trap for busy parents. If you have small kids, consider separating the kitchen from the rest of the home for safety’s sake. Cuts and bruises do heal over time, but why risk them at all? As your kids grow, you can knock down the divider wall easily if you decide to change the layout.

3. Snacks and candies within kid’s reach

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Even if your kitchen doesn’t have an open-floor layout, kids will drop in now and again looking for chocolate, cookies, and other yummy snacks. To prevent full-scale disasters starring tall shelves, fragile crockery, and grabby little hands, relocate snack storage to the bottom drawer or low kitchen cabinet. Little trick-or-treaters will be admittedly able to get hold of candy at all times – but at least they won’t wind up covered in bumps en route. If sweet tooth is a problem beyond repair, you can always outfit snack storage unit with a safety lock.

4. Leak-free means injury- and mold-free

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Chronic plumbing issues compromise home safety and functionality, and total repair costs can only increase granted time and neglect. Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and faulty insulation are the main causes of mold, which can jeopardize respiratory health of the entire family, especially the youngsters. In addition to that, moisture buildup on slippery tiles is a common cause of kitchen-based injuries, which is why experts from Ozzy plumbing recommend that pipes and drains should be checked and repaired immediately upon fault detection to keep the kitchen safe for all members of the household.

5. The island of all-family comfort

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Kitchen islands are chic and extremely functional if you are a parent. A well-placed kitchen isle divides the space into kid-friendly and no-kid-access zones, allowing you to prepare dinner while keeping an eye on your children’s kitchen-based outs-and-abouts. It would also be a clever idea to add a drawer to the child-proof side of the kitchen island to hold toys, crayons, and books within their reach: this way, little ones won’t go dashing in and out of the kitchen every time they need a different plaything.

A kid-proof kitchen is every parent’s best friend. If your cooking area is still a toyfield or an indoor playground for pets and kids, you’d better do something about it fast or else you will be spending a lot of time patching cuts and cleaning up.

 

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