9 Things Every Family Kitchen Needs

9 Things Every Family Kitchen Needs

With the trend for open plan living showing no signs of slowing, our kitchens have well and truly cemented their place as the heart of the home. From food prep to dining to homework and relaxing, these days the kitchen is often the most lived in room of the house. If you are updating your kitchen and looking for ways to make it more family friendly, check out our list of 9 things every family kitchen needs…

  1. A hard-wearing work surface
    In a meticulous family kitchen you need a work surface that is attractive and tough. There are several options available in the market which are a cost-effective and popular choice with families. Integrate the sink in the right place and you have a perfect kitchen for those looking for a minimalist look.
  2. Sponge clean walls
    From food splatters to sticky fingers, kitchen walls can see a lot of action. Around food preparation areas wall tiles are a must. Around the rest of the kitchen opt for paints specially designed for kitchens as it will offer increased resistance to grease and stains and will also be tough enough to be wiped clean without damaging the paint surface.
  3. Having a great eating area
    An open plan living often tops the ‘must have’ list of many house buyers so creating an eating area within your kitchen makes sense. If your kitchen can already accommodate a dining table, great news, if, however, your kitchen is small and an extension isn’t on the agenda, look for other ways to make it into a more sociable space – for example, could you sacrifice counter space for having a breakfast bar? Kidsinkitchen
  4. Have the latest gadgets
    Updating your kitchen is the perfect time to add some up-to-date technology that are convenient and entertaining like cooking in a state-of-the-art hob and having an auto-clean chimney like what Kutchina offers.
  5. A place for the kids to play
    The great thing about a family kitchen is that it is a space where everybody can interact while doing their own thing. To encourage the kids to spend time in the kitchen (and to help keep the place organised), create a toy storage area – a few baskets will do, include tabletop games and craft stuff to encourage family friendly activities.
  6. Child locks
    Kitchens are full of hazards; asides from the risk of burns and scalds there are sharp knives, toxic substances and of course cupboards and drawers that can trap little fingers. Kitchen cupboards can hold a world of fascination to young children who would happily ditch the expensive toys in favour of a cupboard filled with window cleaner and furniture polish. To keep the little ones safe, be sure to install appropriate child locks on all cupboards and drawers and never leave a child unattended in the kitchen – better to be safe than sorry, right?
  7. Soft close cupboards and drawers
    Reduce the opportunity for door slamming with soft close cupboards and drawers! As well as no more slamming, the soft close action minimises the wear and tear on hinges.
  8. A family sized oven and hob
    For modern large families, opting for extra hobs is a great way to make cooking meals easier.

Have fun building or renovating!

5 Ideas Worth Stealing from Vintage Kitchens

We can never get enough of vintage interiors, especially kitchens. And although these spaces may look a little strange to us — after all, that’s what makes them so interesting — if you look closely enough, you might find a few ideas that are worth stealing for your own space.

Vintage Kitchen

This above kitchen is from a vintage ad from 1955. The curtains and wood paneling seem a bit outdated, but the two-tone upper and lower cabinets and brightly colored appliances are actually in trend. We regularly see this working in modern kitchens.

The kitchen on the left features bold colors that’s also catching up these days. The thing that catches our eye most here is the kitchen island with the giant overhang all around — a built-in that can be a cooking prep island, family gathering spot or even dining table as the occasion requires.
The Kitchen on the right – Who wouldn’t want a lazy susan pantry like the one in this 1940s kitchen? Just a little spin and everything is within easy reach.


The kitchen on the left in this vintage ad, feels surprisingly modern — the lady could even, if you just glance at the ad, be reading a Kindle or iPad. It’s hard to tell if this is supposed to represent a kitchen or an entire wall of windows, but either way, the idea is great.
On the right, This 1955 apartment kitchen has a genius detail that we’re surprised we haven’t seen in more modern kitchens: a pegboard backsplash. It’s the perfect place to hang up anything you need within easy reach.

Interesting isn’t it?

The Decisive Guide to Cleaning & Caring For Kitchen Cabinets

The Decisive Guide to Cleaning & Caring For Kitchen Cabinets

We know that kitchens are the hardest working rooms in our homes and they need to be cleaned well and often, both through daily upkeep and periodic deeper cleanings. But there’s one major component of our kitchens that may not be getting the attention it needs to stay clean even though we use and see them every day – the kitchen cabinets. Here’s how to keep them in tip-top shape.

1stThings 1st: 3 rules you ought to live by

  • Tackle fresh splatters straightaway

Whether it’s oil from frying something on the stove or cake batter splatters, wipe these messes immediately for easiest clean-up. (Being aware of them is more than half the battle won.)

  • Add cabinet-cleaning to your regular kitchen cleaning routine

Incorporating a light but regular cabinet cleaning habit into your kitchen cleaning routine will help maintain your cabinets and at least slowdown build-up on cabinet exteriors.

  • Deep clean cabinet exteriors at least once every year

Most of the grime found on kitchen cabinets is the result of months or even years of gradual accumulation of oils, unnoticed splatters and a general veneer of dirt caused by humidity and dust. Depending on their location and how heavily your kitchen is used, kitchen cabinet exteriors should be cleaned annually or semi-annually.

Cleaning According to Your Cabinet Type

Wood Cabinets

  • Use oil soap wood cleaner to clean wooden cabinets
  • Use dish or laundry detergent mixed with water to de-grease.
  • A vinegar and water solution also helps cut through grease and grime.
  • For tougher dirt, make a baking soda paste. Dab on and scrub with a toothbrush.

Painted Cabinets

Cabinets painted with oil-based paints can stand up to heavy cleaning. You can use any of the cleaning solutions listed above. You can also use an all-purpose spray for maintenance cleaning.

Cabinets painted with water-based latex paint require more gentle cleaning. Don’t use baking soda because it might scratch the surface. Wipe cabinets gently with a rag and stick to all-purpose cleaner or warm water and dish soap to de-grease.

Metal Cabinets

Metal cabinets are robust as well. Use any of the solutions mentioned above, being extra careful not to get the metal overly wet. Also be sure to dry thoroughly so the metal surface doesn’t rust.

How to Remove Stubborn Grime?

If you need something stronger than a water-baking soda paste, consider making a solution with coconut oil and baking soda. This DIY cleaner gets labels off jars with ease and it’ll work magic on your grimy cabinet doors. Wipe it onto your cabinets and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush or soft cleaning brush.

Cleaning Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware can be cleaned with a rag moistened with a vinegar and water solution or a dish soap and water solution.

…and finally…


wipe fresh splatters with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.


wipe down cabinet door exteriors with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.


Empty cabinets and wipe down shelves. Empty drawers and wipe them out. De-clutter kitchen items as you’re putting them away. Clean exteriors according to directions above.

If this is the first time you’re tackling the task of cleaning your kitchen cabinets, whether in your own well-lived in kitchen or in a new apartment or house, pull up your sleeves. The work may be tough, but the gleam in your kitchen will thank you.





Get more storage out of your kitchen with these smart ideas

Get more storage out of your kitchen with these smart ideas

Aah…how I would die for a clutter-free kitchen! It might seem like the unreachable dream, but these nifty storage ideas will help you on your path to orderly bliss. If your cupboards are struggling to contain all of your kitchenalia or you just love clever space-saving solutions, you need to add some of these smart ideas to your kitchen.

Optimize your pantry –Make the most out of your pantry space by organizing your groceries. Keep a rotation of kitchen pantry – cereals, dry goods and spices, so that you’re not adding clutter to your shelves with expired items.

storageConsider open shelves -Not only are open shelves a hot kitchen trend right now, but they also help to open a cramped space.

Maximize your existing storage -If budget is an issue, take a look at improving your existing space. Add dowel rods to your cabinets and shelves to create plate holders and add more storage space.

Clear food storage -Clear food containers are great for small spaces because they let you visually identify your dry goods quickly and easily, without having to rummage through cluttered or cramped cabinets. Putting a label on the container makes it all easier still.

Leave no space unused -Don’t forget to make use of even the smallest spaces to get the most out of your kitchen. A pull-out drawer under your sink, for example, is a handy way to store sponges and knickknacks that would otherwise take up valuable counter space.

Open up with light-colored kitchens -Use cool colors, like whites and grays, to open up your kitchen space.

Use vertical space -With smaller kitchens, cabinet and drawer space can be limited, so get smart with your vertical space. Pierced boards are great for hanging larger kitchen utensils that would otherwise crowd your drawer space. Additionally, glass-front mounted cabinet doors are a beautiful way to display your serving ware and to leverage wall space.

Super cabinet to the rescue -Pull-out drawers and racks allow you to pack all of your pantry items into one convenient location in a fraction of the space of a normal-sized pantry.

Small kitchen spaces can be tough to keep organized, but don’t let a cramped space get you down! These storage ideas will help you maximize your space and create a better kitchen.And finally…the trick really is to make the most of what you’ve got!

7 tips for a family-friendly kitchen to ought to know about!

7 tips for a family-friendly kitchen to ought to know about!

Kitchens are so much more than just a place to cook. They’re where we spend time together, catching up, eating and unwinding. So whether you’re creating a kitchen from scratch or remodeling, you’ll want your kitchen to be stylish as well as practical. What you choose to be in the kitchen can make a huge difference to its family-friendly appeal. Take a look at these 7 tips to make sure your kitchen is what your dreams are made of.

1. A large island is wonderful if you have the space. It’s a great place for kids to do homework while parents make dinner and a general family gathering space.

2.Stain resistant and mark resistant countertops will keep the stress at bay and ensure a little spill or wear-and-tear doesn’t ruin your counter.

3.Should you do a lot of heavy cooking, the kitchen floor can get really wet and oily. Other than keeping your floor clean and dry, prevent slips and falls from happening by choosing tiles with texture.

4.From cabinets to countertops, ensure that your kitchen is free from sharp edges. Plus, if you have small kids consider leaving room to store a stool under the sink that they can pull out.

5.Similarly, a counter shielded by a glass backsplash lets your family in on what you’re doing without interfering or eating into your workspace.

6.Curious toddlers may wander into your kitchen in search of new “toys”. Keep pots and electrical items out of reach by placing them in shelves over the counter.

7.Depending on your home’s size and layout, you may also want to dedicate a little desk as a place for charging phones, checking mails, doing art & craft and the like.

Make sure you imbibe these simple, yet highly functional tips into your kitchen and see the space transform!

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Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

It’s easy to overlook the kitchen floor when you’re thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But your choice of flooring can make or break your kitchen look. So, before you set your heart on solid wood or splash out on ceramic, here are some important points to consider.

Stone, Granite, slate and limestone are all popular choices. Granite screams luxury and glamor, it’s really robust and will last a long time with little maintenance. However, its high-end aesthetic is not to everyone’s taste, with some finding it a little too showy, despite its numerous practical merits. Slate and limestone then are other options for those who want to go with stone but want something a little more understated.

Stone flooring is not particularly kind under the feet for any dropped pots, pans and plates are unlikely to survive the fall unharmed. Granite can become slippery when wet, so is perhaps not the best choice for those with very young children and limestone if not sealed as needed can become prone to staining. Also, it can be particularly difficult and costly to repair a damaged stone tile.

Nothing quite beats the charm and grace of real wood. Somehow it can seem both traditional and modern, suiting any kitchen. There’s a huge range of options, it’s warm underfoot, sustainable and long lasting.

However, it can scratch, crack and warp. Wood flooring can also not be installed with underfloor heating in severely cold countries, which could be a major turn-off of the material if that’s something you are planning to have in your new kitchen.
Engineered wood-Engineered wood flooring is made of a composite material. Timber boards are stuck with a plywood base and hardwood veneer with strong adhesives.

This type of flooring comes in uniform sizes, so is easier and faster to install. But simply put, it’s just not the real thing. While it can look fantastic in its own way it’s not entirely convincing compared to real hardwood flooring.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the two most popular varieties commonly installed in kitchens. Both come in a wide range of styles and patterns so can suit just about any kitchen, whether you want a traditional white and black chessboard flooring or something more contemporary.

Porcelain tiles are a bit pricier than ceramic but are more long lasting. Both are hygienic, require next to no maintenance other than the occasional mop and easy to install.
The downside of going for tile is that it is cold underfoot and hard on the feet. Similar, to stone dropped plates, cups and glasses are unlikely to be left unbroken.

Concrete –Now, the idea of a polished concrete floor might just have you thinking about your local supermarket. But, polished concrete has become a super trendy flooring choice for chic modern kitchens. It’s relatively cheap, extremely hard wearing and can look absolutely stunning in the right environment. Perhaps the best thing with concrete is there’s no real maintenance to worry about, it actually gets tougher with age!

Its strength then is perhaps its only real weakness. It can be slippery so is not the best choice for those with young children and any dropped objects are likely to be damaged.
Choosing the perfect flooring for your new kitchen is really the icing on the cake that finishes the whole project off. However, it’s not always the easiest decision to make. It’s not just about aesthetics, you need to evaluate how robust your flooring needs to be — kitchen floors can be subject to muddy shoes, red wine spills and for the clumsier chefs out there occasionally being scorched by boiling pasta water. With the rundown given above, we ca stay rest assured that you’re well sorted, aren’t you? Happy homemaking!

U Shaped Kitchens – A Guide For Dummies!

U Shaped Kitchens – A Guide For Dummies!

The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical of kitchen layouts and can provide an additional run of potential storage or appliance space compared with a galley or L-shaped kitchen. U-shaped kitchens can work fine not only in large spaces, but can also fit perfectly well in small kitchens. Here’s a guide for dummies!

First, let’s know what a U-shaped kitchen is?

A u-shaped kitchen is a kitchen design that features three walls that are lined with cabinets and appliances. It is an efficient design that frees up floor space. Take a look at these images to identify with the design.

A u-shaped kitchen maximizes the wall space by using them for cabinets and appliances. Its u-shaped design makes it easy for chefs and homeowners to access various areas of the kitchen without needing to walk across the room. If the layout of the house does not allow three walls to be used for a u-shaped kitchen, an island can be installed to serve the same purpose.

U-shaped kitchens can be incorporated into many kitchen styles and the size of the kitchen is not really that important. When homeowners are designing their u-shaped kitchens, they should try to place their most used appliances or work areas into a single triangle of space. This will allow them to work more efficiently each time they are in their new kitchen.

U shaped kitchen

Let’s take a look at the pros & cons of the design
Generally, U-shaped kitchens provide lots of storage and work surface. They’re also very safe since they have only one entrance and no through traffic. This last point, however, also means that within small U-shaped layouts, there will be space for only one cook at a time.
It’s also worth noting that U-shaped layouts may come a little more expensive than others, such as galley or L-shaped designs, because they require more cabinetry and countertop material for the additional run of cabinets.
Here’s how you plan the layout
The cabinetry lengths on a U-shaped kitchen can be roughly the same or vary; in both cases, there’s opportunity for flexibility with the design. Where all walls are the same length, your starting point for planning usually depends on where the windows are located.
If one of the walls has a window, this usually should be where you place your kitchen sink. Not only will a window offer natural light for washing up, but you also get an opportunity to gaze out while doing dishes…depending on how your view is!
Know where to position the sink and cooktop
If the sink sits in the middle of a U-shaped layout, then your stove can be located on either of the other sides. However, if these two runs vary in length, the longer wall would usually house them both to allow more space on either side of it.

Meanwhile, if the sink is on a side other than the middle one, try to ensure a continuous flow of countertop and around the U. So if you were including tall cabinets, this would mean locating them together at the farthest end of the cabinetry. This deliberate spacing ensures that the counter isn’t interrupted and the kitchen’s functionality is unhampered.
Check out how you can maximize the shape’s efficiency
Whatever the size, a well-planned U-shaped kitchen design will ensure that only a limited number of steps are needed between cabinets and appliances. This makes the kitchen a much safer place during cooking, especially when other people are present.

In addition, having generous counter space and storage means everything’s within reach and easily tidied after use to maintain a clean and uncluttered look.

Incorporating corner storage is a must!
One of the great advantages of a U-shaped kitchen is that having three runs of cabinetry provides ample opportunity for storage. Having said that, the two corners in a typical U-shaped kitchen take up significant floor space. So to achieve an ergonomically sound design, it’s important to select a specialist kitchen corner solution that make use of the otherwise dead space within corner cabinets.
What do you like most about the U- shaped kitchen layout? Let us know or share your tips or photos in the comments section below.


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