We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens and offices. Kitchens can be a crowded place for families during food preparation, or during parties. Offices tend to be smaller and need to be well organized. To reduce the amount of time spent, these rooms need to be ergonomically designed in all aspects.

What are ergonomics?

Ergonomics is, generally, the study of individuals and the objects and the spaces they use. Excellent ergonomics help make your life easier by making routine tasks comfortable and less time-consuming. Whether it is preparing a meal, or working at a desk with computers and files within reach, cabinet makers consider ergonomics.

Factors and characteristics that ensure an ergonomic kitchen design

User Adaptability

User adaptability is the perfect blend of storage space (refrigerators, cupboards and drawers), washing areas (islands, sinks and dishwashers) and the cooking area (oven, microwave). The trio is often known as the working triangle. Distances between each area should not be too great or too narrow.

Adding Furniture

Next, consider furniture spacing and placement. Will there be bar stools for eating? Is there a desk with a computer in your kitchen? These must also be considered when planning for a comfortable cooking area that reduces unnecessary movements and simplifies cleaning.

To get optimal workflow, cabinet designers will divide the kitchen space into separate zones and measure carefully. Using computer renderings you will be able to see how movement between the zones will work effectively.


Storage and organisation

Working efficiently will mean easy access to cupboards or drawers. What items will you use most often? What should be placed below counter level, and what above? Typically cupboards are installed above counters, and large drawers below. This arrangement helps avoid back pain and also reduces unnecessary movement.

A common concern for many homeowners is utensil storage. With the multitude of options available, an ergonomic kitchen design suggests that you have separate drawers for groupings by type, shape and size of utensil. Less frequently used items can be placed further out of reach.


Lighting is part of ergonomics too – it’s not only for creating atmosphere but also for functionality. For instance, bright LEDs under cupboards are ideal when slicing and cutting vegetables ,and cleaning utensils. When it comes to island seating, you can get creative here and go for elegant designs that render ambient glow. Overhead lights can illuminate pathways between key appliances and your countertops.

Designing an ergonomic kitchen

Founded in 1977 by Steve Webb, Spectrum Cabinet Gallery has over four decades of industry expertise in cabinet remodelling. Our experts can provide designing, building and installing services. We work with our customers on a one-to-one basis to deliver ergonomic kitchen solutions that align with your budget. You can reach out to us by phone or write to us through our contact page.