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The Importance of Ergonomics in Kitchen Design

When it comes to designing a kitchen, there are many factors to consider. But one of the most crucial elements to keep in mind is ergonomics. 

In simple terms, ergonomics is the study of how people interact with their environment, and in the context of kitchen design, it refers to how well the kitchen layout and appliances are adapted to the needs of the user.

Ergonomics should be a key consideration in any kitchen design, but it is especially important in contemporary German kitchens, which are known for their clean lines, sleek design, and functional features. 

The Covid pandemic has shaped how many people work – not least, the growing trend toward working from home and increasing dependence on the kitchen area. This space needs to be optimised to ensure accessibility to appliances.

Here are some examples of how ergonomics can make a significant difference in your kitchen design:

1. Counter Heights

Counter heights should be adjusted to the height of the user. A countertop that is too high or too low can cause discomfort and strain on the back and neck, resulting in pain or injury.  Surreal kitchens are known for their wide range of counter heights, allowing users to customise their workspace to their comfort level.

2. Cabinet Heights

The height of kitchen cabinets is also important to consider. Cabinets that are too high or too low can cause users to strain or reach to access items, which can lead to discomfort or injury. German kitchen cabinets are typically designed with adjustable shelves and pull-out drawers to make it easy to reach items at the back of the cabinet.

3. Appliance Placement

The placement of appliances in the kitchen should also be carefully considered. The refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher should be easily accessible without having to bend or twist your body. Our kitchen designs often feature built-in appliances at eye-level, making it easy to reach items without bending over.

4. Lighting

Proper lighting is essential in any kitchen design. Adequate lighting can help prevent eye strain, reduce the risk of accidents, and create a comfortable working environment. Surreal kitchens often feature under-cabinet lighting, which provides ample light for food preparation and cooking as well as creating the perfect ambience in your room.

In summary, kitchen ergonomics means that your Surreal kitchen is optimised for your comfort and convenience. Our kitchens are renowned for their attention to ergonomics, and it’s easy to see why. By considering the height of counters and cabinets, the placement of appliances, and the lighting, a Surreal kitchen can be designed to provide maximum comfort, functionality, and style.

At Surreal, we have been in the business of designing and installing kitchens for over two decades. Learn more about our various design styles and contact us to discover what’s possible.

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