Universal design in kitchens reduces the need for users to lift heavy items, such as pots and pans. This is accomplished by placing countertops between major appliances, so that items can be slid instead of carried. Sinks and dishwashers can also be placed at a close distance to the stove for easy transfer of cookware. (Riley, p. 65).
Riley, Charles A. “Someone’s in the Kitchen.” We (1999): 64-9.