All the Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Kid-Friendly

Ask any parent which room in their house gets the most action, and they’ll likely respond to the kitchen. While this is the place where families often congregate, the kitchen also contains many features that are unsuitable for children – hot cooktops, sharp knives, breakable glassware – so it is crucial to design in all conscience.

Fortunately, IKEA has always been designed for the whole family and kitchen solutions are no exception. You want a space that encourages little ones to learn to cook, that is reliable and easy to maintain. Here’s how to get it all and more.

what the cook can see

stainless steel kitchen


When setting up the kitchen, make sure that parents can cook while keeping an eye on their little ones, whether they are in an adjacent playroom or doing their homework in the breakfast area.

If you have a kitchen with a wall adjacent to the living space, add an island to create a workspace where you don’t have to turn your back on children. Consider placing the sink under a window to have a clear view of the backyard while washing the dishes.

sharp objects out of range

It’s obvious, but sharp kitchen tools should be as far away from small hands as possible. Instead of an easily accessible knife block, install a magnetic wall mount on the backsplash behind the counter for not only knives but shears, peelers and any other sharp metal tool.

For the other accessories likely to cause damage, such as a mandolin, a cheese grater or mincers, dedicate a drawer and fix it with a child safety. Even better, assemble a suite of utensils, bowls, cutlery and an apron suitable for children to give them their own set of tools to use. (See more ideas on this below.)

children's wardrobe

children play in the kitchen


Encourage the kids to join you in the kitchen and learn to cook by giving them their own storage space. Store it with children’s utensils, their favorite dishes, as well as “adult” products suitable for children like containers, small pots and pans, and colorful scrub brushes.

IKEA offers a full range of children’s cooking equipment suitable for cooks of all ages. There is a knife and peeler set with features such as rounded edges for ages 8 and up, and multi-colored plates, balls, goblets, and Covered, made with BPA-free recyclable plastic. They also sell placemats, a pint-sized apron, and cute lunch boxes.

easy to clean surfaces

dark laminate countertops


Spills and damage are abundant when you live with children. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, installing surfaces that can be quickly and easily wiped off is a must. IKEA’s quartz countertops are extremely low maintenance; the material is non-porous and very resistant to scratches, stains and heat. For a more economical option, laminate countertops are just as easy to clean.

You will also want cabinet fronts that can be cleaned in the blink of an eye. The flat slab is the way to go – no cracks so that the juice or crumbs get stuck – and a glossy finish is the most durable. Lacquer or golden facades are also easy to clean, while being stain and moisture resistant.

Little kids are constantly moving, no matter how many times you yell “Don’t run indoors!” The last thing you want is a little head to meet a sharp counter corner. IKEA’s custom quartz countertops are cut to your specifications, so you can choose to fully rounded. (Bonus: Your hips will also be protected!)

add seats

The seats – in the form of a dining table, dining area or raised bar stools on an island – are essential for a child-friendly kitchen. He welcomes young people into the room, giving them a place to do their homework or help prepare food, while keeping them away from the cook.

For young children, consider a miniature table. While IKEA has a few primary color the options, they also sell children’s tables that adapt to a variety of cooking styles, such as YPPERLIG table designed by HAY in ash with dark red border and solid SUNDVIK pine, in a black brown stain or white finish.

blackboard surface

IKEA UDDEVALLA façades have a blackboard surface, providing a whimsical touch to your kitchen cabinets. A blackboard finish is of course fun (which child wouldn’t want to write on the cupboards?) But also useful. Use the space to write down groceries, recipes, or reminders for upcoming family events. If you want to keep the temporary update, IKEA also sells adhesive board panels which can be used to create a painting surface on any wall.

Instill a love of cooking from an early age by putting your kids in the kitchen – IKEA Kitchen Services is here to help. Make an appointment to start.

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