5 basic features for an accessible kitchen

Author: Claire

Kitchen design is more than a mere style statement. Especially if you have elderly people or those with disabilities living at home, incorporating a few key features into your kitchen layout and design can make a huge difference in terms of comfort and independent living.

1 – Add extra space

A few extra inches in the design can create a more generous kitchen layout that makes it easier for everyone to get around, and especially if you’re trying to navigate the kitchen with crutches, a walker or a wheelchair. Think about the space between the worktop and the island, around the fridge, oven or dishwasher when the door is open.

2 – Adjustable worktop heights

Standard worktop heights are typically 90cm or 36in, but this height doesn’t work for everyone. Particularly short household members and wheelchair users will need a lower counter to be able to use the kitchen comfortably. Electrical or manual height adjustable frames for worktops (and wall units) and hobs/sinks with flexible plumbing can solve the problem beautifully, creating an inclusive kitchen for everyone in the family.

3 – Pullout shelving

Installing pullout shelves makes deep base units more accessible without having to scramble around on hands and knees, while tall wall cabinets can be reached without risking life and limb. Whether you’re simply looking for convenience or fitting an adaptive kitchen, pullout shelving bring the contents of your kitchen cabinet to you. The same principle can be applied to pantries and larders, spice racks and rubbish containers.

4 – Consider handles, levers and bars

For kitchen cupboards and drawers, choose wide handles or bars, rather than dainty knobs that are difficult to operate with hands that have a weak grip or are affected by arthritis. When it comes to taps, accessible kitchens typically feature lever or touch operated taps that are easier to turn on and off.

5 – Good lighting

Natural light is the best means of illumination for those with poor eyesight, but not every kitchen has enough of it. To make up for the shortfall, as well as gloomy days and evenings, devise a careful lighting design. Any lighting plan should include sufficient levels of ambient light, supplemented with effective task lighting around the key areas of sink, hob and food preparation areas.

Price Kitchens offer many kitchen solutions that are specially design for people with limited mobility, those who require a wheelchair or disabled access. With a wealth of different kitchen designs, fittings, fixtures and accessories to suit individual needs, we are going the extra mile to ensure that everyone feels looked after. Contact our team today on 020 86869006 to find out more.

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