Tips for the family kitchen

Nov 2023
  • How to get more out of your storage space

  • Ways to integrate more safety right from the start

  • Why the quality of fittings makes a difference in terms of safety and durability

Whether a nuclear family, blended family or multi-generational household, if there are several family members living in the house, it places special demands on the kitchen. Here you will find practical tips for storage space, ergonomics, comfort and safety.

Tip 1: Plan functional cabinets for lots of storage space

As soon as children fill the house with life, the cabinets quickly fill up with additional items such as bottles, baby food and snack boxes. The need for supplies also increases. The most important thing in every family kitchen is planning enough storage space. Cabinets with full extensions help you to access all of the space, even into the farthest corner. 

Handy larder unit

The SPACE TOWER larder unit can be custom built in terms of width, height and depth. The inner pull-outs let you store supplies in a clear and easily accessible manner.

Narrow cabinet solutions

Every gap, no matter how narrow, is valuable. With special narrow cabinets you can convert even the last inch into usable storage space. A narrow cabinet like SPACE TWIN is ideal for bottles and chopping boards or baking utensils.

Lift systems for wall cabinets

With wall cabinets, you can make the best possible use of the space with spacious wall cabinets with lift system fronts. The wall cabinet front moves out of the user's way and you don't run the risk of hitting your head if, for example, you are momentarily distracted by a family member or two people are cooking at the same time.

Tip 2: Design workflows with lots of freedom and ergonomics

Avoid hurdles in everyday kitchen use. Especially when things are chaotic or you need to get food on the table quickly, your workflows should run smoothly. Keep these basic rules in mind when planning your family kitchen: 

  • Adequate freedom of movement: a distance of approx. 1.20 m between the runs of kitchen units is ideal, especially if several people are often in the kitchen at the same time.

  • Think carefully in advance about which cabinet you want to store which things in and where you will need them when preparing.

  • Dishes and cutlery should be stored near the dining table and the dishwasher.

  • Pots, pans, cooking utensils and spices are ideally stored next to the hob.

  • A worktop of approx. 90 cm wide, situated between the sink and the hob,, will help you to reduce to-ing and fro-ing and thus work more efficiently.

If dishes and cutlery are stored near the dishwasher, walking round the kitchen is reduced.

Cleverly laid out kitchen furniture saves to-ing and fro-ing and time.

Tip 3: Safety can be built in

There are many dangers lurking in a kitchen, especially for small children. Child safety should be considered during kitchen planning. Instead of sharp-edged handles that children could bump into or get caught on, handle-less furniture or recessed grips are recommended. Handle-less kitchen furniture can easily be opened and closed with an  just by lightly touching it. For an added bonus, fit a switch so that drawers can be turned off if necessary and remain firmly closed. For electrical cooking appliances, we recommend an induction hob whose controls can be locked. A raised oven protects your back and prevents curious little noses from getting too close to the oven door. Cleaning products should generally be kept out of reach in family households.

The SERVO-DRIVE electrical opening support system is especially useful for the waste bin pull-out.

Children like to help out around the house. A plinth step allows little helpers to stand safely as the sturdy step locks securely in place, even under light loads. The SPACE STEP plinth solution can be pulled out like a drawer, lowers with a load of 8 kg or more and securely locks. Additional storage space is concealed underneath.

Tip 4: Ensure a long service life

On average, kitchens are used daily for up to 20 years. Especially in the chaotic everyday family life, a kitchen has to withstand a lot of stress. Robust, durable materials help keep the heart of your home looking appealing and attractive for many years to come. Good  is also crucial for functionality and convenience when it comes to the interior. Our furniture fittings are designed for 200,000 opening and closing cycles. Find out from your kitchen planner which fittings are used.

Our hints and tips at a glance

  • Plan practical cabinets for lots of storage space

  • Pay attention to ergonomic workflows

  • Reduce dangers: build in safety

  • Integrate solutions to help

  • For a long service life: rely on good quality

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