Planning

6 tips for an ergonomic kitchen

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1. Plan full extensions in base cabinets…retrieving objects from a shelf in the base cabinet is a difficult task for all kitchen users. Low bending is often required, the overview of items is poor and you often have to remove part of the cabinet contents to get to items that you want at the back.

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Never get backed into a corner in your kitchen

Space corner drawer

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The corner areas of any kitchen are notoriously difficult areas to design and work in – especially the storage area under the worktop. It’s a zone where a big dark recess ends up being crammed with forgotten “use only occasionally” implements and devices.

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The working triangle – time for new geometry!

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Your Mum may have told you about the working triangle when she press-ganged you into helping prepare a meal. That’s in the days when the kitchen was a place to prepare and cook a meal while the rest of the family played around the house…

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10 kitchen planning tips

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It’s surprising to find that 66% of new kitchen buyers are dissatisfied with the amount of storage they had after installing a new kitchen. The same goes for positioning of units and services. The key is to assess your lifestyle and needs and start planning from there…

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To DIY or not to DIY – that is the question

Plain English one

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I can remember when DIY kitchens were a dirty secret… something you’d never admit to owning (although many of us did). These takeaway kits may have had flimsy carcasses, wafer-thin worktops and badly fitted interiors but boy, were they cheap…

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Never mind the look, feel the storage!

Waste bin in pull-out drawer

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It is vital to start thinking of storage in a new kitchen right from the start of the planning process. All too often kitchens are planned in terms of how they’ll fit into the room and what they will look like, with the storage aspect of planning taking second place.

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