Ergonomic kitchens are designed specifically for the comfort of working in the kitchen and increase the performance efficiency of the kitchen design. Lifting heavy pots and pans, cooking large meals and doing heavy cleaning in the kitchen might make things uncomfortable and be unhealthy. Ergonomic kitchens are excellent for people with health issues as well!
From just being a space for preparing meals, kitchens are now being focused towards encouraging efficiency and productivity. It could be done by designing the right height countertops, adding drawers to your cabinets etc. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind in order to keep your kitchen ergonomic during your next kitchen remodel:
Customize Countertop Height
Countertops are really important for the ergonomic process because there is a standard height set for them, which might not always be comfortable for your back!
A good practice is to countertop at varying heights to each other, for example, upper ones can be kept to 34”-38” and be used for food preparation. Similarly, you can get upper countertops that can be 44”-48” tall and used to keep food, utensils etc.
During the kitchen design process, try to keep the countertops to the height of your elbow for the best performance. Customizing your countertops to match your height will make things easier for your posture and prevent back pain!
Wood is considered a “bouncy” material, along with rubber and cork (Both not ideal for residential kitchens). But wooden floors go easier on the legs and muscles as compared to stone or ceramic tiles.
Another useful tip is using mats, rugs, etc to keep under your feet in areas that you work that most in, like the countertops, sink, etc.
Although this will not be a very obvious difference, working on stone floors will give discomfort to your feet and cause leg pain and other issues sometimes leading to serious health conditions in people with underlying conditions.
Hate bending over for too long to find something in your cabinets? We have got just the right solution for that! The concept of smart cabinets revolves around using drawers and shelves inside your cabinets and replacing the cabinet doors with drawers as well.
This is helpful in preventing ducking or bending too long to find something in your cabinets and using well-designed drawers and shelves to keep things organized!
Now for the upper cabinets, a smart idea is to use “flip open” doors, in order to avoid ducking and maneuvering while looking for things. These cabinets are known as “European Style” cabinets, and that’s how we know Europeans have been doing things right!
Left and Right Handed Kitchens
Now, this is a very important detail that is more than often left out. And only left-handed people know the trouble of kitchens designed for people that are right-handed! While it isn’t impossible to work in such a kitchen, it might sure be uncomfortable opening right-hand cabinet doors with your left hand again and again. The same goes with dishwashers and stoves!
If you’re left-handed, customize your cabinet doors and place the dishwasher and stove on the left side as well. This will really help prevent wrist pain that comes from working uncomfortably on the wrong side of your working hand.
Clean Water System
If you live in a place where you have access to hard water it can damage your hands and cutlery. It is necessary that you take considerable measures to take care of your skin. Residue from hard water can damage your skin and your kitchen utensils. It can also block the water system of your house if it’s not treated for longer time periods.
You can always boil hard water to make it work but if you have a lot of cleaning, then it won’t be a very feasible option. Installing a hard water filter for your whole house or just your kitchen will be a smart move. In addition to that, you should also opt for smart faucets suitable for hard water so the inside of your faucets doesn’t gather unnecessary residue from hard water.
Let There Be Light
We are living for mood lighting in 2020! Mood lighting in the kitchen can immediately take your boring kitchen to a rich-looking and modern one. But beware! While making your kitchen moody, you might end up overlooking utility.
It is very necessary that you divide the lights in your kitchen into different categories like task lights, under cabinets lights, or overhead moody lamps.
Task lights will be sharp, overcoming shadows so that you can chop vegetables without cutting your hands. Cabinet lights allow you to see things clearly in the cabinets and also add that extra class to your kitchen.
While overhead mood lamps are there for a late-night chit chat over a bowl of ice-cream or a glass of wine.Whatever lights you decide to get, make sure it complements the mood you want in your kitchen.
You can customize anything in your kitchen to focus primarily on your own comfort rather than just design (while design can still be focused on!). The purpose of ergonomic kitchens is to maximize functionality in order to bring comfort and prevent any health conditions that might arise from working around in a kitchen that isn’t suited for it.
Use these tips if you want to change your kitchen to a smart and ergonomic one for your next kitchen remodel!