Kitchen Design with Families in Mind

Kitchens for families Photo courtesy of Douglah Design
August 16th, 2023

As kids head back to school, families quickly understand what home organization is needed so their households can run smoothly. This busy time of the year is filled with new routines, activities, and responsibilities for both students and parents. Having a place for everything is essential along with making it convenient for family members to navigate their part—especially in the kitchen.  

At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we assist with manufacturing cabinetry that stores, organizes, and functions, for the real world. Supporting families so they have more time together and less time trying to find things is what personal design is all about. 

Kitchen Islands and Banquette Seating are Popular Design Elements

Photo by Michael Kaskel

There are several key elements to consider when designing a family kitchen for today’s busy life.  Whether a remodel or a new construction project, the goal is to create a space that supports all functions of a modern kitchen including just a place to hang out. The kitchen is still the “heart of the home” but in a more casual way.  A kitchen island and banquette design elements provide these social areas where families can stay connected. 

Below are some dealer kitchen projects showing real-life design solutions that support family living.   

Leila Douglah of Douglah Design

Photo courtesy of Douglah Design

The Kitchen Island has become the place to gather around following the open concept layouts in residential design. A large landing space for food prep and buffet serving is important to families and often on the client’s “must have” list.

Many times, this is a strategic location for a kitchen sink/or newer workstation options. This design allows the cook of the house to engage with family and friends who are seated at the island while preparing a meal.

Owner, Leila Douglah of Douglah Design shows a beautiful kitchen island created for clients who love to cook and entertain.  Locating a workstation on the island was a perfect choice for this social California kitchen. Utilizing Bentwood cabinetry gave flexibility with design, storage, and accessories for this expansive kitchen project.    

Meagan Miller of KRB Kitchen and Bath Design Center

an open kitchen designed for families
Photo by Ginny Abresch

Designer, Meagan Miller of KRB Kitchen and Bath Design Center, shows how a large kitchen island provided both function and seating for an East Coast familyThe 14-foot kitchen island naturally became the star element and accommodated comfortable seating for six. On the working side of the island, everyday dishes and essentials were now organized and easy to accessA beautiful Farmhouse style was achieved utilizing painted cabinetry along with a lovely custom walnut countertop

In cabinet dish organization
Photo by Ginny Abresch

Hellen Hsieh of Design Loft Company

two views of a family kitchen
Photo by Zax Avila

Banquette seating is another popular way families can gather around for a meal, homework, or game night.  The “eat-in dining” table of the past has been updated with a more inviting design element.  

Designer, Hellen Hsieh of Design Loft Company, shows how banquette seating was incorporated into a new construction kitchen project in California Painted Harmoni cabinetry looks updated and ready for family action.   

Must Have Butler’s Pantry & Functional Areas

Butler's Pantry
Photo by Werner Straube

The Butler’s Pantry has evolved to include extra large storage and offers the multifunctions that families need. Small appliances like the toaster, coffee maker, and blender can be housed here and ready for the morning action. The additional workspace and clean-up zones assist with everyday kitchen use but prove essential when entertaining for special occasions and the holidays.   

Katie Stanfield of the Cottage

Extra storage space in the kitchen
Photo by Eric Elberson

Katie Stanfield, Designer from Bentwood Dealer, the Cottage, shows how a client request for extra functions resulted in a secondary kitchen.  

Additional appliances, workspace and storage are common requests for kitchen remodel projects. Hiring a kitchen professional who can offer a customized design solution like this, is money well spent.   

Joy Wilkins of Custom Kitchens

Built in kitchen pantry and storage space
Photo by Treve Johnson

Joy Wilkins, Owner of Custom Kitchens, provided a storage solution that integrated beautifully into her California kitchen remodel project.  Behind Bentwood tall cabinetry is a large storage pantry just steps away from the main workspace.

custom furniture piece in kitchen to accommodate storage
Photo by Treve Johnson

In addition, Joy created a custom furniture piece to accommodate storage and entertaining support.  The bonus was a focal element that offered the desired function and aesthetic specific to her client.

Large family sized walk-in pantry
Photo by Wade Blissard

Busy families today buy in bulk and need space to store these essential items. If space allows, having a walk-in pantry with open shelving is the way to go. Visible storage allows for easy organization and restocking, plus makes quick work of writing the weekly grocery list.  

Shawna Roorda of Bentwood of Houston

Built in kitchen storage and pantry
Photo by French Blue Photography

No room for a large pantry?  No worries, we have you covered with many storage solutions for compact spaces.  

Here are some impressive storage solutions from Shawna Roorda, Lead Designer at Bentwood of HoustonFunction behind every Bentwood door was designed into this kitchen remodel project.  

Function and Beauty ARE Possible

Kitchen design for families
Photo by Michael Hunter

We are pleased to share these family kitchen projects from our dealer network that successfully solve design challenges. Improved function, storage, organization, plus overall aesthetic are what clients are asking for and we are listening. There is no question that family homes today benefit from custom cabinetry and value the flexibility it provides for each household.   

Find Inspiration Near You

Inspired to update your own space?  Click here to find your closest authorized Bentwood dealer. We’ll connect you with a designer in your area and get started with your vision right away! 

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Kitchen Design with Families in Mind
At Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, we assist with manufacturing cabinetry that stores, organizes, and functions, for the real world. Supporting families so they have more time together and less time trying to find things is what personal design is all about.
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