Tips for designing your home’s interior: How to create an ergonomic kitchen

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Because every user is different and every family has a different way of life, functionality of the spaces built becomes the most crucial consideration when talking about the areas in our homes that define our comfort zone. Ergonomics is therefore significant even in kitchens. The design and placement of objects in places that promote the best possible interaction between the user and the objects is influenced by a variety of factors.

Khaninda Barman, co-founder of Wurfel, maintained in an interview with HT Lifestyle that the main goal of an ergonomic kitchen is to reduce stress while working by using some straightforward yet useful tips and tactics. He recommended:

1. Ensure smooth operation of the three main kitchen zones—the sink, stove, and refrigerator, often known as the kitchen work triangle—at all times.

2. Divide the kitchen’s design into various areas, such as those for cooking, cleaning dishes, preparing food, storing food, storing kitchenware, etc.

3. Keep your kitchen’s design flowing smoothly by positioning the tallest appliance on one end of the continuous countertop.

4. For maximum functionality, install both ambient and task lighting in your kitchen.

5. For simple access, keep regularly used kitchen products close to the countertop.

6. Make the most of the available space by using various corner unit solutions in L-shaped and U-shaped kitchens.

7. Choose different-sized drawers for your utensils and arrange them in them according to their weights and sizes.

8. Keep all of your cleaning goods under the sink so you can easily get them.

9. To keep your countertop organised, keep all of your electrical appliances, such as the oven, toaster, juicer, etc., in a large cabinet.

10. To prevent offensive odours, make sure your kitchen has adequate ventilation by turning on the exhaust and chimney.

The faculty of architecture and design at the Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies is headed by Shruti Jain, who also emphasised that there are numerous factors to consider when designing and arranging objects in spaces so that people and objects can interact with each other most effectively. She offered the following suggestions for designing the kitchen, which is the room in the house that serves the most purposes:

• The kitchen arrangement needs to be well thought out so that cooking doesn’t require a marathon.

• While the kitchen’s conventional size is more important, the room should be built to accommodate the user, not the other way around.

• Ensure that the cooktop, sink, and refrigerator form a functional triangle.

• In order to make it simple to perform the tasks while cooking, we must always maintain the travel distance between various functional locations minimal.

• Perishable and non-perishable materials should be stored separately in the kitchen’s storage areas. According to the size of the kitchen, a good single or double pantry pullout can be constructed.

• Kitchen usage is flexible thanks to modular planning. Therefore, we must carefully select the modular fittings based on our needs, the size of the kitchen, and our budget.

• Increasing the utility of the storage spaces under the counter by adding extra drawers and removing shutters from the cabinet area prevents bending over to retrieve or store items.

• Countertop fixtures and accessories, as well as multi-tiered storage racks, can improve the kitchen’s use. Under-counter and overhead storage must be designed for ease of use and accessibility, and they must be tailored to the normal family’s build.

• For functionality and aesthetics, as well, good ambient lighting and sufficient task lighting on countertop surfaces are essential. These minor design adjustments can reduce work-related stress and inconvenience while also saving time and effort.

• Lastly, make sure that all electrical kitchen equipment are placed with excellent plumbing and electrical socket placement in mind. Additionally, we must make sure that each appliance has a dedicated area for both storage and use. For instance, we might construct a moving shutter to protect electrical appliances like coffee makers and food processors.

With all of them in place, you may make cooking every day straightforward by avoiding needless bending, twisting, or turning to reach out for items in the kitchen. Build the most practical kitchen you can so that cooking in it is enjoyable and simple for you.