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Stupid Usability #63

Kitchen cabinets can be frustrating

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 8/4/2014

From the mind of Joe Cronin, Project Manager at High Monkey:
For this week’s example of stupid usability, I present to you one of the most frustrating things I deal with every day: my kitchen cabinets.

My wife and I moved into our townhome over a year ago and when we moved in, our landlord showed us the brand new cabinets that she had installed in our unit. They are constructed well and have a nicely colored finish. The only problem is that they do not have any hardware to show the direction which the door should open. This does not cause any problems when there are two cabinet doors which are paired up. It’s simple to know that they both open from the inside.

The stupid usability part of my cabinets is when there is a single cabinet that stands alone. The hinges for the cabinet doors are on the inside. There are no handles to show which side to grab in order to open the cabinet. I have lived in the townhome for a year and still cannot remember which side to grab in order to open the cabinets like this.

It’s a simple fix in order to make my cabinets more usable. All my landlord needs to do is to add handles to the cabinets to show where to grab in order to open the door. This would bring an end to a lot of frustration in the kitchen.

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Posted: 8/4/2014 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments