If you dread the time that you spend in the kitchen, it's possible that it isn't the cooking itself that you fear. Rather, it could be that your kitchen is designed to obsolete standards that make every task far harder than it has to be.
Modern kitchens have greatly improved in every area, to the point that they are able to lighten the burden of every associated chore. Not every recently designed kitchen qualifies as ergonomically efficient, however. Planning for attractive appearance, rather than efficiency, is common. Discussing ergonomic kitchen design with an expert kitchen remodeler should be part of the design process and can help you see your time in the kitchen in a completely different light.
Illustration 1: Very efficient kitchen with lots of counterspace and storage.
You need work triangles
Well-planned kitchens come designed with layout plans commonly known as work triangles. Designing a triangle into the layout of your kitchen requires that you space the sink, the refrigerator and the range, the three most important parts, in a triangular formation. The idea is to make sure that no one well-used point is more than a 9-foot straight line away from another.
If your current kitchen isn't designed with the 9-foot triangle in mind, you're probably wasting hours each week taking unnecessary steps around, and tiring yourself out of the process. A well-designed kitchen can easily leave you feeling less tired after each stretch of work. On the other- hand, if you are part of the Fitbit and step craze, an inefficient kitchen might be a way to achieve your ten thousand steps.
Take out those narrow galleys
If your kitchen is small, but it still has an island, it could make getting around very difficult. Even if you do feel that the paths that take you around your kitchen are wide enough to let you pass, narrowness does have a psychological effect. It slows you down, and makes your time in the kitchen seem more difficult than it could be. A good kitchen designer will always keep ample walk space in mind. A kitchen with clear paths will always feel less tiring to work in.
You'll be safer
Kitchen-related back issues are a serious problem. When you spend hours each day or more in a kitchen where the counter top is at the wrong height, where you need to reach for commonly used items, or make repetitive movements at awkward angles, the consequences for your health are inevitable. Taking good ergonomics into account can be a simple way to enjoy greater energy levels and stay injury-free.
It's important to understand that it doesn't help to simply call in some kitchen installer whom you believe to be professional. Ask for references, a valid home improvement license, credentials, certifications and user reviews can help.