What features are important when you’re designing an accessible kitchen?

Author: Claire

Here at Price Kitchens, we’re known for our comprehensive range of high quality contemporary and traditional kitchens from designers and suppliers such as Second Nature, Kitchen Stori and 3D Kitchens. Of course, every kitchen must be designed with the end user in mind, so what should you be looking for if the new kitchen is for the home of an elderly person, someone with mobility issues or a wheelchair user? Incorporating a few key features into the layout and design of the new kitchen can make all the difference to maintaining both comfort and independent living at home.

1 – More space

Just a few extra centimetres in the design of your kitchen can create a more generous layout that makes it much more convenient to navigate the kitchen, whether you appreciate the extra space because of crutches, a walking frame or a wheelchair. Our disabled access kitchens are designed with limited mobility in mind, taking particular account of the space between the island and the worktop, and the ability to get around the open door of a fridge, oven or dishwasher.

2 – Better lighting

Good natural lighting is a key requirement for any kitchen, but lighting takes on an added dimension when the kitchen user has poor eyesight. If your kitchen has insufficient daylight, and to compensate for low lighting levels on gloomy days or in the evenings, a good lighting design is essential. Make sure all types of artificial lighting are catered for, including general/ambient light, task lighting around the sink, hob and worktops, and accent lighting. Also take a look at our buyer’s guide to kitchen lighting.

3 – Height adjustable units

The standard worktop height is typically 90cm (36in), but with adaptive and accessible kitchens it’s important that this height can be adjusted to the needs of the kitchen user. We offer manual and electrical height adjustable frames for worktops and wall units, hobs and sinks, complete with flexible plumbing solutions that address this issue perfectly. Whether you are a short person or a wheelchair user, lower counters will enable you to use your kitchen with ease and comfort.

4 – Pullout shelves

Pullout shelving is a genius solution that brings the contents of your kitchen cabinet to you. Make deep base units more accessible with pullout mechanisms and no more scrambling around on the floor. Reach tall wall cabinets with ease and with the risk of injury in an adaptive kitchen. You can apply the same principle to larders and pantries, to spice racks and kitchen bins – in fact, any cupboard solution in your kitchen.

5 – Easy to use handles, levers and bars

Ease of use in an adaptive kitchen is key, and that applies to kitchen cupboards and drawers that are in constant use. Choose wider handles or bars, rather than fiddly little knobs that may be difficult to operate with hands that have a weak grip or are affected by arthritis. There’s a wealth of choice when it comes to knobs, handles and levers, while taps can be turned on and off with the minimum of effort using levers or touch operated taps.


At Price Kitchens, we pride ourselves on our wide range of offerings to create kitchens for all levels of ability and mobility. Whether you require disabled access or are in a wheelchair, there’s a wealth of inclusive kitchen designs, fittings, fixtures and accessories to choose from. Why not get in touch today on 020 8686 9006 to find out how we go the extra mile for all our customers.

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