What do you think of little people

You need to take this into account when planning your kitchen for little people

When planning a kitchen, ergonomics are the most important point so that you can work and cook comfortably. However, the standard dimensions offered for kitchens are not ideal if you are not particularly tall. The top compartments in the kitchen cupboards are difficult to reach and the worktop is usually not very back-friendly. This can lead to tension and even back pain. The design options for individually planned fitted kitchens make it possible, apart from the standard dimensions, to meet the needs of smaller people and adapt the kitchen elements to their body size.

Adjust the worktop to your height

The smaller you are, the more important it is to match the height and depth of the worktop to your height. If the plate is too high, you always have to stretch and you also unconsciously pull your shoulders up while you work in the kitchen because you have to hold your arms higher than it would be natural. This becomes very strenuous in the long run and leads to tension in the shoulder and neck area. This becomes particularly problematic if a worktop that is too high for you is also particularly deep. Because then you have to stretch and lean over the countertop to reach things that are far back.

So that the height of the worktop is ergonomic, it should always be based on the height of the person who spends most of the time in the kitchen, even if it is significantly smaller than the other people who live in the household.

You can determine the correct working height using these guide values:

Height in centimetersWorking height in centimeters
15585
16090
16593
17095
17597
180100
185103
190106

 

However, it becomes even more precise with this method:

Stand with your elbows bent. Extend your arms loosely forward. Now measure the height between your arms and the floor. The correct working height is obtained by subtracting 10 to 15 cm from this value.

The result is more individual than the guide values ​​in the table above and enables a kitchen for small people that is really ergonomic.

Ergonomics in the individual work areas

In addition to the countertop, however, there are other aspects to consider when planning a kitchen for short people. Other things are important for the 5 different kitchen zones (stocking, storing, preparing, cooking / baking, washing) into which each kitchen is divided. Because each zone should take into account the special needs of smaller people. For example, the sink area should be higher than the work area as you have to reach down into the sink. The hob, in turn, should be lowered by approx. 20 cm, because this is the height of the pots and pans

Working height to be added. If the hob is at the same height as the work area, you would have to stretch out again to see into higher pots.

In addition to the cooking / baking and rinsing zones, you should also take your height into account when it comes to stocking and storing. Tall cabinets and tall pharmacy cabinets offer ideal storage space, but they are impractical for small people. The upper compartments can only be reached by small people with a climbing aid. If you can do without the additional storage space that tall cabinets offer, shorter people should therefore choose highboards. Because the higher you have to stretch, the greater the risk of dropping something or losing your balance yourself. So that you can easily reach your wall cupboards, they should hang a maximum of 35 centimeters higher than your height.

Clever storage of kitchen cabinets

If you are small, you should also observe a few basic rules when setting up the kitchen. If you cannot do without tall cabinets for reasons of space, you should only store light items in the upper compartments that you do not need often. This also applies to wall cabinets. For these, smaller people should opt for folding lift doors that open upwards and are not in the way when you stand on the climbing aid and put away the upper compartments. The important things that you use every day, on the other hand, should be placed where you can reach them quickly and easily without having to stretch high or even use a climbing aid.

If you can't do without tall cabinets, use a sturdy climbing aid such as a step to reach the upper compartments. Avoid climbing on the cupboards or the worktop itself, there is a risk of injury. You can match the color of the step to your kitchen, then it blends in harmoniously and is not a disturbing foreign body. 

Summary: 5 steps to a kitchen for little people

  1. Determine who works the most and longest in the kitchen.
  2. Determine your individual working height using the elbow method.
  3. Align the worktop and cabinets in the individual kitchen zones accordingly.
  4. Arrange top and tall cabinets in a well thought-out way. The following principle should apply: the less often something is used, the higher up it is cleared away.
  5. Use lift doors and aids (e.g. stable steps) to reach the top compartments.