Designing an ergonomic kitchen that was comfortable for our 6’8” client “raised” the designers challenge for this project. The solution included a custom kitchen that included taller base cabinets, raised appliances and doorways that would accommodate his height.
Ergonomics literally means the "science of work", how work is done and how to work better. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the goal of ergonomics is to "reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks."
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affect the soft tissue of the body. These disorders have also been referred to as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and overuse injuries. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affect every work community and are the leading type of occupational injury. Designing an ergonomic kitchen that reduces the strain on these soft tissue areas of the body is important, especially if you are a 6'8" person.
Increasing the base cabinet height from 34 ½ inches to 36 ½ inches created an ergonomic working height in this kitchen. The additional height raised the countertop to a comfortable 38 inches. This solution provided an ergonomic working height in the kitchen for an oversized user. The additional height reduced the need for slouching over the counter it also provided a comfortable height for the user’s arms, therefore, decreasing strain on soft tissue in neck, back and arms.
Higher Cabinets = More Storage
Looking for a custom cabinet can be a challenge with many manufacturers. Custom cabinets are not a problem for Ultracraft, they are experts in manufacturing cabinets that fit with most custom projects. Ultracraft cabinetry, offers a European frameless cabinet, this means up to 15% more usable space than manufacturers that rely on framed construction.
When choosing cabinets, there are two types of construction to consider: framed or frameless cabinetry. Both provide endless design possibilities and their own unique advantages. Frameless cabinetry is sometimes called "full access" cabinetry because it offers greater accessibility by eliminating the face frame.
By selecting the frameless constructed cabinet and increasing the height of the cabinets by an additional 2 inches we increased the overall cabinet storage in this kitchen by more than 400 inches!
Stacking a mountain of textbooks under the range and dishwasher was an option but it still wasn’t the most level solution. Our designers opted to add an additional 2 inches to the base of the 6-burner gas range and the dishwasher. This solution raised the appliances to the comfortable 38 inch counter height.
All the doors throughout the entire home were also raised from a 6'8" standard, to 7 feet, to accommodate for elevated heights. Another solution that eliminates slouching for taller people.
The high-point of this kitchen was creating a comfortable space where a family of 5 can cook, eat, entertain, and relax. By raising the cabinets and appliances to meet our client’s ergonomic needs, we created a kitchen that ergonomically fits the owner’s physical features and provides much needed additional storage.
Visionary Cabinetry and Design has worked with many homeowners to create renovations that fit the way they live. Our team of professionals are experts at infusing their experience in design and combining annual trends that withstand the test of time. Call Visionary Cabinetry and Design for your next remodeling project, (248) 850-7178.