Modular Kitchens are trending in Ghana, and they are in demand nationwide. Customers love the designs and textures of Wooden Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, and Shelves because they are manufactured and customised according to their tastes, preferences, and requirements. It will transform your Kitchen into a premium & upmarket space.
Modular Kitchens are renowned for enhancing cooking productivity and Kitchen chores efficiency with quick access to needed tools, equipment, and utensils. For making an ideally designed Modular Kitchen layout, it is crucial to pay attention to Ergonomics to ensure optimal space utilisation. In this blog, we will walk you through the tips for Ergonomically designing your dream Kitchen in Ghana.
Tips for Ergonomically Designing Your Kitchen
Height & Depth of Kitchen Countertop
The foremost aspect you should consider for Ergonomically designing your dream Kitchen is estimating the Height & Depth of the Kitchen Countertop. For determining the ideal Height, we recommend deciding at what Height you will be placing the gas hob ensuring it is not causing any back strain while standing and doing culinary activities.
The standard Height of Ghanian Houses Kitchen Countertops ranges between 36-42 inches. You can customise the Height according to your preferences, comfort, and convenience.
For Kitchen Countertop Depth, you should consider the kitchen appliances’ size & shape that you will require, such as Gas Hobs, Boiler, and Deep fryers. The Standard Kitchen Countertop Depth in Ghana, lower Wooden Cabinets and Drawers you want to install, ranges between 25-30 inches, depending on your comfort & convenience.
Note: According to the rule of thumb, ensure there is at least a 6-8 inches gap between the top of the Kitchen Countertop & your elbow while standing near Gas Hob.
Refer to our other blog, “Factors to Consider for Choosing the Best Kitchen Countertops“, for tips and aspects to keep in mind while designing Kitchen Countertops.
If you have an Island Kitchen or looking to design one, we recommend referring to our other blog, “How to Design an Ideal Island Kitchen Layout?” for your reference. It contains comprehensive information about the height & depth of the Kitchen Countertop, Essential Accessories, and more.
Upper Cabinets Depth
The Standard Depth of Upper/Overhead Cabinets in Ghana ranges between 15-20 inches, which you can customise according to your feasibility & convenience. The reason for giving lesser depth to Upper Wooden Kitchen Cabinets is quick access to items from the Overhead Cabinets and avoiding head hitting/banging against them while cooking.
Some customers prefer installing Overhead Wooden Kitchen Cabinets above the refrigerator according to your preferences. In this scenario, the depth should be a minimum of 25-28 inches to enhance the overall appearance and easy access. It will make the Kitchen looks organised.
Width Between Upper & Lower Cabinets
Another thing to consider is creating a partition between the Upper & Lower Cabinets. And one of the most ingenious ways for creating separation between Upper & Lower Kitchen Cabinets panels is equally dividing them by ensuring the width of 2.5 to 3 feet for a double-door Kitchen Cabinet.
We suggest a width of 2 to 2.5 feet for Sliding Panels for each panel. If you have a Modular Kitchen, we recommend keeping lower cabinets, shelves, and drawer dimensions similar to Kitchen accessories’ shapes & sizes for neat & systematic storage.
Refer to our other blog, “6 Essential Modular Accessories for Your Custom Kitchen Cabinets“, to know the must-have accessories for your Modular Kitchen Cabinets.
Determining Interspace Between Upper Cabinets & Countertop
After estimating the Upper/Overhead Cabinets’ depth, the next thing to consider is ascertaining the Interspace you want between Upper Kitchen Cabinets and Countertop. The ideal recommended space should be between 2.5 to 3 feet.
Also, it is best first to finish the kitchen backsplash tiling work and post that ascertain Upper/Overhead Cabinets height and Interspace for flawless designing and installation.
Every house in Ghana has different sizes of Refrigerators according to your requirements and preferences. It is essential to determine the dimensions of the Refrigerator first for Ergonomically estimating the ideal Interspace between the Wall and Refrigerator.
The suitable and recommended space should be between 2 to 2.5 inches to make the Kitchen look visually organised and sorted.
Refer to our other blog, “5 Most Popular Kitchen Wall Cabinets Types in 2023“, for getting ideas for designing Wooden Wall Kitchen Cabinets.
Interspace Between Gas Hob & Chimney
Another thing you should evaluate is the distance you want to keep between Gas Hob and the Chimney for convenient & ideal spacing for culinary activities.
To ascertain it, first, you must decide whether to install the Chimney fitted in the Ceiling or Suspended from the Ceiling just above the Gas Hob/Electric Cooker.
If you are going with the first option, you are all good. However, for the second option, the recommended Interspace between the cooking area and Suspended Chimney should be between 2.2 to 2.8 feet.
Kitchen Sink Space & Oven Height
In Ghana, many customers opt for a drainboard on either side of the Kitchen Sink. Keeping a gap of 3 to 3.5 feet for washing & drying utensils is recommended. It helps to maintain an appropriate separation between used and clean equipment.
The ideal height for the Microwave Oven base should be between 1.25 to 1.75 feet for effective standing & working space. Also, we recommend keeping a minimum of 4 to 4.5 feet distance between two countertops for an efficient room for movement and passing of people & culinary activities.
After reading the blog, you will have detailed information for estimating precise dimensions of mentioned elements in the blog for Ergonomically designing your dream Kitchen in Ghana. You will have accurate measurements on paper by implementing all the tips and recommendations we provided in the blog.
However, if you have questions or need assistance determining the exact dimensions, book a free project consultation for designing Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, Shelves, and Kitchen Islands.
At 44 Wood, we manufacture customised Wooden Kitchen Cabinets and help our clients in designing Kitchen Layout by comprehending their Kitchen dimensions, wall colours, lighting, preferences, and requirements.
Our Skilled and Creative Kitchen Designers in Accra, Ghana, will design a splendid Kitchen Design & layout according to the Kitchen Cabinets Trends in 2023. We will also assist you with planning & optimally utilising Kitchen Lighting by suggesting different types of Lighting Fixtures for the Kitchen and helping you select the ideal one.
Refer to our other blogs, “10 Kitchen Cabinet Designs for 2023” and “20 Brilliant Spice Rack Ideas for Your Small Kitchen“, for your reference.