When remodeling or updating a kitchen, cabinet and storage design are important areas to take into consideration. And we’ve found this to be especially true for moms, since having an organized kitchen helps them be more efficient and less stressed when working in the kitchen.
What are some of the must-have features moms tell us they want in their kitchen? Find out below and think about incorporating them in your own kitchen. You’ll be amazed at how much strategic design and smart product choices can improve your entire experience in the kitchen!
A great way to maximize the space in your kitchen is with a kitchen island. Not only do islands provide plenty of space for families to spread out while eating breakfast or for kids to have a snack while doing homework, but they add extra space for baking and prepping food. Adding practical space while encouraging family communication, kitchen islands are an essential kitchen component for many moms.
If you don’t have room for an island, a portable kitchen cart is a great alternative, as you can store it in another part of the house and roll it into the kitchen whenever needed! You’ll love having additional space to prep or to set up your kids to help out. Use lower shelves to store utensils, dishes or ingredients, keeping small supplies in baskets.
Practical Yet Beautiful Cabinets
Getting cabinets that make the best use of the available space in your kitchen and that are designed to suit your lifestyle is critical. It’s well worth the time and effort to do your research in this area and work with a kitchen design consultant to ensure you end up with cabinets that are perfect for your family and kitchen.
In addition to getting highly practical cabinets that offer smart storage options, keep in mind that, since cabinets take up a good portion of your kitchen, they greatly contribute to your kitchen’s overall look and feel. For this reason, moms with little ones often prefer cabinets with a distressed or stained surface that will hide smudges and smears from sticky little fingers. On a similar note, cabinet knobs and pulls with simple, smooth designs are coveted, as they’re easy to clean.
Inside Cabinet Accessories
There are dozens of accessories available to help you customize the inside of your cabinets and drawers to make more efficient use of the space and increase storage capacity. While every mom will have her own favorite accessories based on her specific cabinets and storage needs, a few of our most popular accessories include cutlery trays, Lazy Susans, tray dividers and cookware organizers.
Pretty much every mom we’ve worked with wants family-friendly countertops, with a surface that’s durable, low-maintenance and easy to clean. If you want to ensure that even fingerprints won’t glare at you from your counters, go with a countertop material that’s not highly polished. Instead, opt for a material with a bit of texture, like a honed quartz or leathered granite. You can also choose a satin finish if you prefer a solid countertop surface.