Friendly Kitchen

A kitchen around you. LUBE knows that every person is unique, and for this reason it has created an array of solutions to personalise kitchen furnishings to meet the needs of each customer. In fact, the design of a kitchen environment cannot fail to take into account ergonomics in order to achieve maximum safety, usability and comfort for the end user during daily activities. For this reason, LUBE offers the possibility of combining plinth, drawer and worktop heights to obtain the one most suitable to the customer's height and many needs.

Making an accessible kitchen for Cucine LUBE means developing a design that focuses on the person and their needs (“Human-Centered Design” concept). The different way of organising modular spatial distribution inside a kitchen makes life easier for disabled users by reducing possible dysfunctional ways of doing things.

Find out more about the design project Friendly Kitchen.


How to design an ergonomic kitchen?

When you design a composition, you need to pay attention to what is called the “ergonomic triangle”. The three focal points of the kitchen (fridge, sink and hob) must be arranged so that when the elements are “joined together” they create a shape that is as close to a triangle as possible. If you have a linear model, it is difficult to stick to this rule; the right solution is to put the sink in the middle with the fridge on one side and the sink on the other.

What is the ideal height for wall units?

Normally, wall units are mounted at between 50 and 60 cm above the work surface. This measurement, however, needs to be made in proportion to the height of the base units; the higher the base units, the shorter the distance between them and the wall units to have an ergonomic kitchen.

How high should a kitchen work surface be?

The standard height of a LUBE work surface is 61 cm and the distance from the wall unit bottom is 56 cm. These measurements allow a user of average height to have a clear view of the work area (worktop and back) and the storage space in the overhead wall units.

How high can the plinth of the kitchen be?

The plinth of a kitchen can be 10 cm, 12 cm or 15 cm. This height corresponds to the height of the feet of the kitchen base units. If the composition is used by disabled people, you need to design for a plinth of 20 cm, so as to allow space for wheelchair footrests.

How to design a kitchen accessible to disabled people?

For a design that focuses on the needs of disabled people, you need to take account of the following:

  • the space under the work surface needs to be free;
  • the wall units and dish rack need to be arranged so that they are easy to reach;
  • the sink must be wide but not very deep;
  • induction hotplates are preferable to traditional gas rings;
  • appliances need to be placed so that they can also be used by people who are seated;
  • pull-out baskets are more convenient because they make it easy to see their contents;
  • doors with folded or upward opening are preferable and are even better, if fitted with electric opening systems.

How to design wall units in a kitchen for disabled people?

It is a good idea to install the wall units at 45-50 cm above the work surface, fitting them with shelves that can be lowered electrically to bring them down to the height of the worktop. The door must have a 180° opening so as to provide a clear view of everything inside the kitchen unit.

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