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.
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. 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.