Step up to the sink
A safer solution than step-stools for children in the kitchen
We remodeled our kitchen when my daughter was 3 years old. She needed to be able to reach the sink, but we decided that a footstool would constantly be in the way. Instead, we came up with the idea of a pullout step under the sink.
The contractor used poplar for all the cabinets. For the step, he installed a shallow drawer upside down on side-mounted drawer slides rated to carry 75 lb. When my daughter outgrows the step, we plan to turn it over and use it as a regular drawer. My one caution would be that little feet should wear shoes when using the step to avoid bumped toes if the drawer slides.
Photos by: Jeff Montgomery; Scott Coleman, the contractor, is a custom-home builder in Searcy, Ark.