Er­gonomic tips for a smart kitchen

Lesotho Times - - Property -

KITCHEN work can be­come dif­fi­cult and un­pleas­ant if you’re con­stantly on the move, awk­wardly bend­ing and stretch­ing, twist­ing and duck­ing as you strug­gle to reach the tools and in­gre­di­ents that you need to cook din­ner.

Luck­ily, to­day, more and more ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers are in­cor­po­rat­ing the sci­en­tific dis­ci­pline of er­gonomics into home de­signs to im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies and en­hance the home­owner’s ex­pe­ri­ence of key liv­ing ar­eas in the home, such as the kitchen.

When it comes to the de­sign of your kitchen, care­ful plan­ning and er­gonomic choices can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween tak­ing plea­sure in pre­par­ing a meal or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it as a te­dious and ex­haust­ing chore, day af­ter day.

There are four main con­sid­er­a­tions that need to be ad­dressed by your kitchen de­sign, and th­ese are work­flow, space and mo­tion.

Blum shares four ways that er­gonomics can help you im­prove your ex­pe­ri­ence in the kitchen…

Swop doors for draw­ers Er­gonomic tests have shown that it is dif­fi­cult to find and get items out of ground level cabi­nets with doors. This most of­ten re­quires un­com­fort­able bend­ing and stretch­ing, and may cost time if you have to peer and reach awk­wardly into the depths of low-level cup­boards to find what you need.

By con­trast, cabi­nets be­low the kitchen coun­ter­top that have been fit­ted with draw­ers that pull out eas­ily, widely re­veal their con­tents. Get­ting things in and out of draw­ers is an eas­ier mo­tion and much faster.

Ground-level cabi­net draw­ers are ideal for stor­ing plates, cook­ware, kitchen­ware and small ap­pli­ances.

Choos­ing qual­ity, han­dle-less draw­ers with su­pe­rior self-glid­ing mo­tion will make your life even eas­ier.

Give wall cabi­nets a lift In­stalling lift sys­tems in your higher level wall cabi­nets gives you full ac­cess to the in­te­ri­ors, mak­ing what you want to find and reach far eas­ier and quicker.

Us­ing this kind of sys­tem means you can open a wall cabi­net door with the light­est of touches, set the open door in any de­sired po­si­tion with a fin­ger­tip so that you can re­trieve or put away items eas­ily, and then silently and ef­fort­lessly close it again.

Cus­tomise the height of coun­ter­tops Un­less your height just hap­pens to match the stan­dard height of kitchen coun­ter­tops, you can greatly en­hance your kitchen ex­pe­ri­ence by in­stalling coun­ters that suit or com­ple­ment your height.

Stoop­ing and stretch­ing quickly be­come un­com­fort­able pos­tures that not only com­pro­mise your phys­i­cal com­fort but also re­duce your ef­fi­ciency. Make the cor­ners com­pletely er­gonomic Cor­ner kitchen cabi­nets can par­tic­u­larly, and lit­er­ally, bring you to your knees as you scram­ble for what you want in this tricky space.

Dig­ging into dark cor­ners dis­rupts your work flow, cost­ing you time and en­ergy, and mak­ing you un­com­fort­able.

Take ad­van­tage of er­gonomic de­signed cabi­nets that will com­pletely trans­form dif­fi­cult kitchen cor­ners.

A bank of full ex­ten­sion draw­ers that brings the con­tents of your cabi­net out to meet your fin­ger­tips is an er­gonomic so­lu­tion that trans­forms the kitchen ex­pe­ri­ence.

— Prop­erty24

ground-level cabi­net draw­ers are ideal for stor­ing plates, cook­ware, kitchen­ware and small ap­pli­ances.

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