Ergonomics at the oven and sink
A lowered hob makes it easier to look into pots when you’re cooking. From an ergonomic point of view, it makes sense to mount the stove 10 to 15 centimetres lower than the worktop. Meanwhile, a slightly raised sink ensure ergonomic comfort. A sink that is 10 to 15 centimetres higher than the worktop can spare your back, as it is easier for you to reach the bottom of the bowl when washing up, without having to bend over too much. Your choice of bowl will also affect the height of the sink. With a top-mounted inset sink bowl or a Belfast-style sink, which features an edge that rests on the worktop, you can gain up to 10 centimetres in height. However, there are also automatic lifting systems for sink cabinets that allow you to custom-set the height of the bowl.
The right reaching height
Generally speaking, kitchen cabinets shouldn’t be hung too high on the wall. In the kitchen it is particularly important to have all of your utensils at the right reaching height. You don’t want to have to climb a stepladder to get down frequently used food, pans or electric appliances. Because you perform many kitchen tasks over and over again, it’s important to store all utensils in a sensible and easy-to-reach place. This allows you to avoid any unnecessary bending or stretching. Ergonomics in the kitchen also means positioning your dishwasher or cooker not directly on the ground, but rather at reaching height in the tall units. This will make it easier to operate the appliances without having to strain your back. In this case, your own shoulder height provides the standard measure for the installation height. This should tally with the top edge of the appliance.