We have seen companies make the workplace more ergonomically friendly for employees with better chairs to eliminate leg cramps from sitting for a long time and other helpful equipment.
Now it’s time to think about how to make your home less of a pain in the neck while keeping the aesthetics you like. The following are tips to help you achieve a balance of comfort and the visual aspects of your home.
1- Cabinets and Closets – There are many pull out drawers for cabinets in your kitchen or other places in your home that have shelves. This way you don’t have to strain your arm or back to reach items that are in the rear. Closets can have pull down racks installed. Also these draw pull outs can get costly; you can get them for shelves that you constantly use and not all the shelves. Another idea is to use a step stool when reaching for items on a higher shelf.
2- Toilets – As we get older the standard toilet seat might be too low for your comfort. You can swap out your standard toilet for a handicap accessible toilet which is three inches higher.
3- Showers – If you or anyone else that resides with you can’t stand for long periods of time purchase a spring-loaded shower seat, when not used it fold flat against the wall. If you are designing a new bathroom consider have the shower head come down from the ceiling. This way short or tall people do not have to adjust the head and this is a great natural ergonomic position.
4- Seating – If you have bar stools make sure they have back support – it just plain more comfortable. Before you buy your couches and chairs test drive them to make sure the padding in the seat and back give you support and comfort. This is a personal choice since some people like a harder surface and some like softness.
5 Furniture Arrangement – Most people like open spaces that are easy to navigate and do not seem cluttered.
6- Beds – Not only test out the type of mattress you will get the best night’s sleep on, also check out the height of the bed. Some bed sets are quite high and as you get on in years the height of the bed will be unsafe if you have to use a step stool to get into bed.
7- Counter Heights – Standard counter heights is 32 inches in both kitchens and baths and can make some people slouch that can cause back pain. If you are buying a newly built home you might consider asking the builder for 36 inch high counters.
8- Functional Flooring – If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen you might consider getting impact-absorption flooring. If you do not want to go through that process you can use padded mats.
Bottom Line – Hopefully some of these tips will help you and make your home more comfortable.
Keep in mind that whether you are interested in buying a home or selling a home, a Realtor should represent you– this person is working for your benefit and will help you navigate through the buying or selling process. I have thirteen years in New Home Sales and sixteen years in General Real Estate sales!
Thanks and make it a terrific day…………Robin