Meet the pioneers of adjustable kitchens

For the Petersen family in Nordborg, Denmark, a renovation of their kitchen turned into a a pioneering journey featuring a new chapter in private home décor.

Product News:  Thursday, February 02, 2017
Helle Petersen working at her height adjustable kitchen island

On the small, picturesque island of Als in Denmark people are not afraid to challenge the status quo or improve existing standards. Several local companies hold global patents for innovative products and citizens in general are accustomed to change. For master painter Jorgen Petersen and his wife, Helle Petersen, an interior renovation of the family kitchen ended up being a milestone for kitchen innovation.

Our kitchen was as old as the house itself,” Helle Petersen explains, “everything was worn down and the kitchen table was too low for us. So, we basically had to tear everything in the kitchen down and start all over. And so we did!

Moving décor in the kitchen
On personal recommendations of friends and through Petersen’s professional network the Danish specialist contractor, Sonderborg Kitchen, was singled out, and then things quickly took off.

The house is a mere 125 m² so we were very focused on getting the most out of the little space we have. We knew Sonderborg Kitchen would offer quality solutions a bit more advanced than your average table and shelf system,” says Helle Petersen.

The result was a smoothly designed kitchen with quality tables, shelves, and a kitchen range with a hidden extractor hood above. However, a 2m² cooking island in the middle of the room made the Petersen’s kitchen stick out. LINAK Baselift™ units hidden inside the island’s base most likely made it the first adjustable kitchen in a private home in Denmark.

It is fantastic – we are so pleased with it,” Helle Petersen replies with a broad smile, “We both love to cook – Jorgen, for instance, likes to make sausages, and we often make our own bread too. With the adjustable island, we can optimize the table height, which makes it far less strenuous spending hours in the kitchen.

Get more space with minimal effort
The adjustable table island in the middle of the Petersen’s kitchen makes it possible to set work heights between 87cm and 97cm – which is more than sufficient for the majority of Scandinavians.

As the Baselift units are discreetly placed in the very bottom of the island, the cabinets under the table are also elevated, making shelves and utensils inside easier to reach. A pop-up outlet box in the middle of the table and a hidden 380V socket make it possible to place and operate even large kitchen aids.

Controls for height adjustable kitchen island

Having all these features, the height adjustment and the full cabinet space underneath available, makes it such a pleasure and much more fun to create food. We are surely more likely to do so now, than we would have been in the old kitchen,” Helle Petersen states and lowers the table top to cut a few slices of freshly baked rye bread for the upcoming lunch.

The adjustable kitchen was installed in the Petersen family home in Nordborg during the summer of 2015. It was a pioneer project powered by LINAK and delivered by the Danish contractor, Sonderborg Kitchen.


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Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 3:07 PM