Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The following are a few key measurements to make sure that the kitchen is more comfortable. In Indian Kitchens, since most of them are semi-modular, the structure and the counters are laid typically by the builders.
There are some typical ergonomic kitchen dimensions that ensure good planning and an efficient kitchen layout, which we have enumerated here. So, if you plan to take up the challenge of designing your own kitchen, do not get nervous; instead, get confident. This article will tell you all you need to know about the standard kitchen dimensions.
1. Kitchen Counter Height
The optimal kitchen counter height for the Indian women is 34″ or little less than that according to the height of the ones using it. Ideally, there are three different heights to the counter.
- Preparation Surface
The height of this surface is a little more than 34″, which is around 3″ to 4″ below the elbow. This is primarily used to cut vegetables and do the prep work.
- Cooking Surface
This is the height at which the cooking happens, It is around 2″ less than the preparation surface and 5″ below the elbow, around 34″. This is to make sure that the hot oil does not splatter at the face height.
- Low-level Surface
This surface is around 8″ below the elbow. This is primarily used for intensive tasks where you want to be on top of things, literally. These include kneading dough, butchering meat etc..
Kitchen ergonomics include standard kitchen dimensions that ensure one’s comfort and convenience while working in the kitchen.
The standard size of the counter is 24″ or 2 feet. Again, if the people are short, the depth can be made a little less to have better access to the wall cabinets. If the kitchen is small, and if there is a side that does not have the Hob or the Sink, the depth can be made to 18″ to have better moving space in the kitchen.
3. Wall Cabinet Height
The distance between the counter and the wall cabinets should be at least 20″. In most of the Indian home, the backsplash is given as 24″, on top of which the cabinets are fixed. The cabinet sizes are 24″ usually. The size and the height of the cabinets can be adjusted according to the depth of the counter, the height of the person and the height of the backsplash.
4. Kitchen Triangle
The kitchen triangle can be constructed considering the sink, the stove and the refrigerator as vertices. The triangles for different kitchen layouts are given below. For optimal usage, the circumference should not be more than 275″.
5. Dimensions for refrigerator
Refrigerators are available in multiple models and sizes. Hence, it is practical to finalise the refrigerator model first and make a note of the width, depth and height of the refrigerator. Make sure there’s a clearance of at least 2 inches between the fridge and the wall and of 2 inches above the refrigerator, to allow adequate ventilation and dissipation of waste heat that will be produced while it is working.
6. Other Counter Space
If there is a space of around 12″ on one side of the stovetop, it would help do the prep work optimally.