Ergonomic tips for a smart kitchen
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.
ground-level cabinet drawers are ideal for storing plates, cookware, kitchenware and small appliances.