This past weekend I went home and while there I cooked a lot. I made similar meals to the ones I make at my kitchen at school, yet I was able to complete the cooking much faster and I was less tired after finishing the job. I believe this occurred because of the design of my kitchen at home. The kitchen is one of the most important parts of the home, and in designing it there are many things to take into consideration. Below I have outlined some of the key design elements that should be thought of when creating a kitchen.
Cooking is practically always done while standing, so having a comfortable surface to stand on is crucial. Instead of installing extremely hard floors, such as stone or ceramic tile, floors with some bounce, such as wood, cork, or bamboo should be used. If very hard flooding is already installed in a kitchen a cheaper solution would be to add mats to areas where the cook stands a lot.
Customizing the counter height in a kitchen will have an impact on how the body feels every day. Jatinder, Puja, and Aruna state: “height of kitchen work surfaces and storage spaces should be given careful attention thereby minimizing stress on cardio-vascular, muscular and respiratory system” (2017). If a counter is the incorrect hight for ones body they will be forced to cook while hunched over, thus taxing neck, shoulder, and lower back muscles (Patil & Rajhans, 2018). To the left is an image of the ideal posture for working at a counter.
One issue with customizing counter heights is that multiple people of multiple sizes could be living in a house and using a kitchen. My solution for this problem would be to install counters at varying heights. The kitchen island could be either taller or shorter than the rest of the other counters.
Jatinder, K., Puja, M., & Aruna, R. (2017) Ergonomic Evaluation of Kitchen Work with Reference to Space Designing. Journal of Human Ecology, 21, 43-46.
Patil, A., & Rajhans, N. (2018) Human Factors in Designing Workspace: Customizing Kitchen Counter Design. Advances in Social & Occupational Ergonomics, 286-294.