As a parent, you already know how important it is to think about your kids when it comes to designing and decorating your home. You want your house to be as ‘kid friendly’ as possible, both from a functionality and a safety perspective. Knowing your home is safe for your kids will help give you peace of mind, and designing features that work well for kids will make it easy to enjoy your time at home as a family.
Your kids certainly need to be considered when picking out the countertops that you will install in your kitchen. Counters are a significant investment, and they will likely be one of the most expensive (if not the most expensive) thing that you purchase for the kitchen project. Choosing countertops that don’t work well for a family with young children could prove to be an expensive mistake.
One of the things that you need to think about when picking counters for a house with kids is the fact that children are prone to spilling while eating or drinking. If you plan to set up a place for them at the counter, you want to make sure your counter is ready to hold up to the punishment that might be coming its way. For instance, marble counters are prone to staining when they experience regular spills. If your kids may be dropping juice cups on the counter from time to time, that expensive marble may quickly lose its brilliant white appearance. Opting for a stone choice with better stain resistance would be wise in this case.
In keeping with the point about kids spilling things on your counters, make sure you also pick a color of stone that won’t show spills as easily. Using dark stone for your counter will be much more forgiving to any spilling that takes place, enabling your counter to look its best for many years to come.
Shape is Important
Sharp corners are never a good thing when kids are around, so think about the shape of your counter in addition to the type of stone and color that you pick. By using rounded edges wherever possible, you will take away dangerous points that could cause harm to your kids. In addition, think about the overall design of the counter when it comes to where your kids are going to sit and eat. If you would like to be able to have them sit at the counter to eat breakfast, for example, there needs to be a safe and comfortable place for them to do just that.
One of the best things about owning a home rather than renting a property is being able to make changes as you wish. With kids in the picture, many of those changes will need to be designed around their needs. To learn more about how you can tailor your countertops to the needs of your children, please contact Stone World today. We look forward to working with you soon!