If you are shorter than average, it can be hard to work in a kitchen designed for people much taller than you. In fact, working in a kitchen that's too tall can even be unsafe or put you off cooking completely. Thankfully, there are several ways to amend your kitchen for a better experience when cooking and cleaning for yourself or your loved ones. Here are four of the best to keep in mind.
1. Install upper-cabinet pull-down racks
Upper-cabinet pull-down racks are used for storing pots, pans and utensils. This type of rack can be purchased pre-made or custom-made to fit odd cabinet shapes. These racks are pulled out of the cabinet and downwards, making them an easily accessible joy for vertically challenged cooks. Just pull on the handle and all of your dishes (or pots or food) will be within reach. This eliminates the dangerous need to stand on chairs or countertops and eliminates the strain of stretching too far and accidentally pulling a muscle.
2. Install a toe kick step
Another great way to make your kitchen easier to access is to convert your cabinets' toe kicks into stepping stools. These steps can be rolled out just like a drawer whenever you need them, then rolled back in and hidden away. After rolling it out, you can step on it to reach any shelf or cabinet that would otherwise be out of your reach. Since these steps are designed to support your full weight, there's no need to worry about safety. One of the best parts about this clever design is that it can be stashed away whenever needed, as opposed to a stepping stool lying around.
3. Improve your organization
One of the easiest kitchen solutions for short people is to avoid using upper cabinets entirely, but how can you fit all your essential tools into your lower cupboard? You may be surprised at how some small organisational improvements can help you fit more into your lower cabinets than you ever thought. Dividers, drawer pegs and more can help you expand your drawer space so everything is within your reach.
4. Get a custom kitchen
If you have the budget, a custom kitchen will be the best solution to your kitchen woes. A good contractor can design a kitchen with cabinets, appliances and more all made to suit your height so you don't have to rely on specialist tools and gadgets any longer.
If you are interested in custom kitchens or want other advice, contact a local contractor.
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