Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ergonomy and my next kitchen. Q&A

Are you renovating your Nottingham home? If you are you may want to consider installing an ergonomic kitchen. This is a kitchen that is designed with the user in mind; everything is located in a way that encourages productivity, efficiency and comfort. It isn’t very hard to find these kinds of kitchens in Nottingham. Many home owners have already installed them and according to the feedback that we get, they are very happy with the new design. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about ergonomic kitchens.

Can I have a customized counter?

As a matter of fact you can. Traditionally, counters were created in such a way that the users had to adapt to their height rather than the other way around. Ergonomic kitchens are modeled along the needs of the user so you can make your counter as tall or as short as you like.

Where can I find someone to do an ergonomic kitchen?

It is not hard to find interior designers and contractors to do your kitchen. All you need to do is go online and type in “kitchens Nottingham”. You will get back a whole lot of links. Look at portfolios to see what kind of work they are doing. Choose a company that is creating the kind of kitchen you have in mind.

Which is better? Drawers or cabinets?

You want to put in drawers in the bottom half of your kitchen and cabinets at the top. You should also have a drawer on each side of the sink so that when you need to get a plate or a cup you don’t have to reach over your head or bend all the way down. This allows for easy retrieval of items and the kitchen also looks roomier.

The floor I have in my kitchen now makes my feet hurt especially if I work on it for a long time in heels. Is there an alternative for tiles?

Yes there is. Ergonomic kitchen designers will tell you that kitchen floors need to be made with some bounce so as not to tire the feet so much. Wood, rubber and cork are a good solutions. if you want to keep tiles you can line the kitchen floor with mats and rugs in the areas where you work the most such as near the sink and around the counter.

There is a lot more that you can do to achieve an ergonomic kitchen that suits your needs.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

You can contact us on 01159 81 89 81.

Ergonomic bathrooms, how to chose yours!

Are you renovating a bathroom in Nottingham? If you are you may want to go with a modern, ergonomic bathroom. Ergonomics is basically the study of how people interact with their surroundings. An ergonomic bathroom takes into account all the things you will be doing in the bathroom. Here is what you need to take into account in the design process:
  • You need to make sure that the bath taps can be reached from outside the tub. They should not be placed in such a way that they are not in the way when someone is getting in or out of the tub. The other thing you need to take into account is the depth – it should be easy to climb in and out.
  • Many people who have small bathrooms design showers that are too small so that when they are in it their bodies touch the walls. If you are not sure of what size your shower should be look up “bathrooms Nottingham” to find a designer who can look at the space and give you recommendations. 
  • Have you been in a bathroom where you have to turn or bend to reach the tissue roll? It isn’t very nice. Place your tissue roll holder just in front of the toilet where it can be reached easily. 
  •  The same goes for the shelves that hold things like towels and shampoo; place them in such a way that they can be reached when someone is in the shower. If you have both a shower and a tub you will need to install shelves for both.
  • If you have small children you may want to consider creating a separate space where you can wash them and dry them.
  • It may not seem like a big deal but check if the person using the bathroom is right or left handed; placement changes when someone is left handed.
  • Think about style; you can choose between a minimalist look, a traditional bathroom look or a modern look. All these can be made ergonomic.
  • Safety is also an important consideration when you are creating an ergonomic bathroom – the combination of water and electricity means you have to be careful with switch placement. The floor, especially the areas that come in contact with water, should have non-slip mats.
  • If anyone elderly will use the bathroom you should install grab bars for them.
Use these tips to create stylish and ergonomic bathrooms around your house.

Please come and visit our wonderful showroom and discover how our Nottingham Kitchens and Nottingham Bathrooms can transform your home.

You can contact us on 01159 81 89 81.