If you love to cook in your kitchen, then you know that cooking involves a lot of running between the fridge, cooktop, and sink, with a lot of bending, twisting, and turning along the way. Cooking a huge meal can almost seem like an Olympic sport!
Fortunately, designers have come up with brilliant solutions that make the kitchen more ergonomic. Ergonomic design principles make kitchens more comfortable, encouraging your productivity and efficiency when cooking. Here are a few ergonomic features to consider for your kitchen that will make cooking less stressful and more pleasurable.
Rather than having all your counters installed at the standard height, you can have them installed to the height that is most comfortable for you. You can even have your counters installed at two heights. First, the standard height for cooking and general work in the kitchen. Then, you can install bar-height counters for placing food that is ready for serving or that you are not currently using. Installing customized counters makes your kitchen adjust to your needs, rather than making your body adjust to the kitchen.
Professional chefs who spend their entire day on their feet in the kitchen use soft, non-slip mats to make the floor safer and more comfortable underfoot. You can do the same by being mindful of your flooring material choice. Rather than opting for terra cotta, stone, or ceramic tile, try instead something with a bit more “bounce”, like bamboo, wood, rubber, or even cork. Softer flooring will keep your feet from tiring out after a long day in the kitchen.
Drawers, Not Doors
Given the choice, it’s better to choose cabinet drawers rather than doors. Drawers don’t require you to bend as much, which is better for your knees and back. Large drawers can house plates, appliances, and cookware. Being able to pull out a drawer also allows you to see the contents of the drawer more visibly than they would be displayed in the dark spaces behind cabinet doors.
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Since 1993, Elite Kitchens has been the premiere remodeling company for the DC Metro area. We’re your source for quality, brand-name European cabinetry, including the highly-rated Leicht brand cabinetry. We can help you every step of the way, with trained, in-house designers to high-class cabinetry to experienced installers. We take strides to maintain our excellent reputation by putting an emphasis on the quality of our products and the care of our services for each and every client. This is why we’re a “word of mouth” company. No advertisements, no frills, just old-fashioned, quality craftsmanship. That’s what makes us “The Recommended Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeler”!
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