A competent kitchen specialist understands the importance of planning adequate storage solutions at different heights, taking into consideration the weight of items and the size and abilities of the primary user. For instance, taller individuals may prefer heavy and frequently used items, such as cast iron scales, to be stored at waist or mid-level height. This eliminates the need for excessive bending or reaching overhead. Conversely, someone in a wheelchair requires all storage to be at a much lower level. Extensive international research has identified the ideal storage heights for an average-height woman:
Proper kitchen planning and thoughtful storage ensure accessibility and convenience. Avoid storing heavy items too high for easy reach.
Frequently used items requiring both hands should be stored between 700 and 1300mm
Lighter objects can be placed between 500 and 700mm or between 1300 and 1800mm
Items that can be held with one hand should not exceed 1800mm in height
When seated, storage should not be higher than 1200mm for easy access
Rarely used items can be stored below 500mm or above 1800mm
Incorporating features such as pull-out shelving, mid-level storage options, demi cabinets, and corner carousels in modern kitchens greatly enhance accessibility and are especially beneficial for individuals with limited mobility. It's advisable to divide storage into four zones (preparation, sink, cooking, and serving) ensuring that all necessary items for each function are within easy reach. By adhering to these guidelines, you can significantly improve kitchen efficiency, minimize fatigue, and reduce the risk of accidents.
While pets can be cute companions in the kitchen, it's important to maintain proper hygiene standards, even if you have a dishwasher. A skilled kitchen designer can accommodate pets without compromising cleanliness and hygiene measures.