The U-shaped kitchens shown with attached peninsular for preparatory work and dining area on the reverse side is planned such that only short walking distances are necessary in normal everyday kitchen use. In addition, the working heights of the respective kitchen work zones have been perfectly matched to the kitchen user, for instance, the electrical appliances are built in at an easily accessible height. This increases the level of comfort and enables ergonomic working conditions which are gentle on the back.
When deciding upon the proper working height for the individual kitchen activities, it is not the height of the body which is decisive, but rather that of the elbow. With a modern measuring device such as the AMK Ergonometer the ergonomically correct working height can determined precisely and quickly.
For a sink, the active surface is actually the base of the sink. This is why it should be planned at a height above the normal working height. Optimally, the sink bottom should reach 10 to 15 cm below elbow height. This relieves the pressure in the spinal discs.
The standard height of 720 mm used in this planning example is only intended for the preparatory work area. Depending upon the plinth height, this activity height corresponds to the normal. Posture of average size persons while performing preparatory activities in the kitchen.
The actual activity height for cooking is the upper edge of an average height cooking pot/pot sitting on the hot plate. Optimally the carcase at mini height should fall approx. 25 cm bellow elbow height. This facilitates relaxed cooking since stress is taken off of shoulders and arms.
Wall units with flaps or folding/ lifting doors offer a great overview and are freely accessible, since no open doors are in the way. The new generation of cooker hoods also guarantees optimum headroom, even for taller people, due to the slanted surface of the hood.
With the sensor-operated opening support mechanism Libero for the waste separation systems Euro-Cargo Soft, Euro-Cargo S, Separato-K, Separato-M and Cargo Frame the front pull-out can be easily opened with a simple foot movement via a sensor in the plinth area.
The pharmacist’s tall unit with its smooth-running front pull-out is pretty much the most intelligent option in terms of storage elements. Everything is clearly arranged and can be accessed from both sides. The height position of the baskets can be adjusted and upon request can be equipped with side glass panels.
In addition to ovens, steam cookers, dishwashers or fridges, even microwaves and coffee machines can be integrated at ergonomically correct heights.