“Is your kitchen’s upper cabinets way too high, not able to reach ? Tried leaning, over a lower counter?” If someone (OR) you in your house are either shorter (OR) taller than the average height, Probably, a standard kitchen leaves you from stretching, bending (OR) climbing on a regular basis.
Nowadays, designers and architects are fortunately paying attention to the science of ergonomic (OR) creating rooms, which are designed particularly for encouraging productivity, efficiency and comfort. By coupling ergonomically designed appliances and fixtures with proper planning, working in a kitchen can be a pleasure, not pain.
While few change in designs and selections of products need to be done carefully, you can easily create a kitchen with dimensions tailored to your needs.
Here are some of the smart ergonomic kitchen design tips, which give an ergonomically designed kitchen, where cooking is a pleasurable experience:
1. Include customized counters heights
Counters heights need to be considered and it is very important. Customizing counter heights, prevents your body from having to adapt to standardized sizes. If in your entire family, anyone is tall, then a fixed 38-inch-high countertops could affect easily working in the kitchen. If you want to raise counters, make sure that it is relatively easy to modify to a standard of 36-inch-height later on. Try to use standard base cabinets and add piece of wood under countertops, which can be taken out without disturbing any other cabinets.
2. Give floors some bounce
In place of terra cotta, stone (OR) ceramic tiles, use bouncy materials like rubber, and especially cork, which are easier on feet and legs in the floors. Alternately, you can place small rugs (OR) mats in strategic areas such as countertops, near gas stove and sink.
3. Storage, outlet and seating in a creative way
Lazy Susan’s and multitier storage racks save deep leaning to reach upper cabinets. Storing heavy items between hip and shoulder height, avoids over-stretching. Store the medium-weight items, just below (OR) above the heaviest ones, but not higher than eye level (OR) below the knees. The lightest items, such as cereal boxes, should go for least accessible cabinets.
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4. Go for Drawers, Not for Doors
Kitchen cabinets with large drawers for plates, cookware and small appliances, allowing you to see and retrieve the containers without having to duck under (OR) crawl into the cabinets is an ideal design.
5. Make high Kitchen cabinets more accessible
Consider installing pull-down self-mechanism on the top shelves which makes those hard to reach areas be accessed easily, without much strain on the back.
6. Use pull-out shelves in base cabinets
By installing pull-out shelves, like pantry shelves, spice racks and under the sink organizers makes the kitchen highly organized and fun to work in. When it’s in base cabinets, it helps everyone in accessing the kitchen items, at the back of the cabinets easily and also reduce bending unnecessarily.
7. Install the microwave in the cabinetry
A microwave should be high enough for tall persons to use it conveniently, whereas for short persons easy to remove cooked food from the oven. Placing it over a ledge is optional.
Freestanding ranges are one-size-fits-all because, and it’s not necessary to make changes in their heights. So, anyhow you need to install cooktop and wall oven at nonstandard heights that suits better for you.
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