Where do you usually gather and spend quality time with family and friends? In the kitchen of course! Since cooking and preparing meals also requires considerable time, take a moment to think about how to optimize your kitchen layout, making it more ergonomic. That’ll help you be more productive and efficient, both in terms of movement and tasks performed in the kitchen. Learn how to make your kitchen more ergonomic.
Equal distance between all 3 areas
The kitchen is made up of three main areas in terms of ergonomics: the preparation area (refrigerator), the cooking area (stove) and the washing area (sink). The most important thing to remember is that the distance between these three zones must be as equal as possible in order to maintain efficient access between them and to allow for a fluid sequence of tasks in the kitchen.
Work space near sink and stove
Maximizing counter space for food preparation is essential. In order to easily clean fruits and vegetables, it is recommended to have a spot by the sink. Once the food is cut and ready to be cooked, having uncluttered space by the stove allows for easy transfer to the pan or pot. Counter space right next to the stove also prevents having to carry heavy pots over a long distance. When taking something out of the oven, it’s also much easier to put your hot pots/dishes on a clear counter.
Make sure there is appropriate lighting in your kitchen and that it is directed at every work surface so that you are efficient and comfortable. Rely on different types of lighting, some purely functional (to illuminate the work surface) and others (e.g.: suspended fixtures) acting as indirect light to create a warm atmosphere in your kitchen.
Dishwasher by the sink
Your dishwasher should be located near the sink as this will make it much easier to put dirty dishes and utensils in the dishwasher after you’re done rinsing them.
Plan a trash/recycling/composting area
Consider setting up a waste/recycling station in your kitchen. Ideally, the garbage area should be located near the work area (or sink) to avoid messes on the floor from peelings, eggshells and other waste.
Free up your counter space from small appliances
Avoid cluttering your kitchen counter with small appliances that you only use from time to time. Only keep the ones you use on a daily basis to maximize your counter space and have more room for meal preparation.
A sufficient number of electrical outlets
Do you have enough electrical outlets under your kitchen cabinets to plug your toaster, microwave and coffee maker? Make sure you have a reasonable amount, since they are very useful for plugging small appliances and charging your cell phone.
Pull-out drawers for convenient storage
When it comes to higher cabinets, consider mechanisms that allow you to open and close them effortlessly, such as sliding drawers or the Aventos mechanism, for example.
Easy-to-clean work surfaces
Unless cleaning is among your favorite pastimes, look for durable and low maintenance materials. Quartz countertops, for example, are sturdy and easy to clean.
Designs to suit your tastes
The coffee corner is your favorite place in the morning? Set up a dedicated space with a coffee machine, storage for your cups and other accessories! Make the most of your kitchen every morning!
Finally, a host of small add-ons could make your kitchen more efficient and adapted to your tastes and needs. Read our article highlighting 10 storage tips and accessories for a functional kitchen to know more.
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