Ergonomics refers to the way a space flows, as well as how efficiently the design enables its user to conduct activities within the space. The kitchen is an area of the home where functionality is the most important element. From the height of your worktops to the placement of appliances, there are a variety of things that can contribute to the ergonomics of your kitchen.
So, what features will make your kitchen more ergonomic? There are four simple design elements that you should be aware of to make sure that your kitchen works best for you.
There’s a popular phrase in the kitchen design world: the ‘working triangle’. As a rule of thumb, kitchen designers establish a triangle shape that connects the hob with the sink and the fridge. In the most recent kitchen evolution, the space has become a hub for family interaction, rather than just cooking. This new use of space has seen a rise in the installation of kitchen islands. An island lets the chef access all parts of the working triangle on one side while another can prepare, eat and interact on the other.
Whether you’re working with a traditional ‘L’- or ‘U’-shaped kitchen, a gallery style or a single straight row of units, the natural flow of the space is very important to its functionality. No matter what, users of the kitchen should be able to move freely and smoothly throughout the space, as well as from the dining area to the ‘working triangle’.
Storage has become a popular element of kitchen design, and an abundance of it has become a necessity. But it isn’t just about the amount of storage. The accessibility and placement is what’s most important. Items should be placed in the areas where they are most frequently needed, and the cabinetry design should reflect this. Modern technology has also introduced built-in, pull-out mechanisms, which enhance the efficiency of the storage and the accessibility to items and utensils.
The most important part of any design is that it is personalised to the user. Customising the height of your worktops, the placement of appliances and the organisation of cabinetry to suit you, will be the most effective way of achieving an ergonomic and efficient kitchen.
If you’d like some help designing or redesigning your new kitchen to ensure that it’s ergonomically suited to your needs, feel free to contact us here at Lakeland Kitchens. Our design experts will be more than happy to help you create your dream kitchen!