The kitchen is the busiest room in your home and a space meant for everyone. Remodeling contractors make special considerations when it comes to designing an accessible kitchen. This includes wider doorways, slip-resistant floors and easy-to-use appliances.
Here are tips to help you plan and design an accessible kitchen.
Standard accessibility guidelines are made for people in seated positions and with limited reach and hand strength. However, remodeling contractors can design your kitchen for your specific needs.
When it comes to countertops, we recommend products that are lower by two inches for wheelchair users. Taller people might want to make them higher to prevent the strain of bending over while standing. You can also choose counters of different heights so it works for everyone.
For legroom when working in a wheelchair, choose absent under key countertops. Leave the space under the sink open and direct the drainpipe toward the back. Insulate pipes to prevent burns. Wall cabinets that are dropped lower are easier to reach.
Optimizing storage spaces is one of the most challenging parts of designing an accessible kitchen. You have to make sure your cabinet drawers aren’t too deep for those who are in wheelchairs to reach. Chances are your space is limited because some cabinets are removed for legroom and higher shelves are eliminated. You have to be creative with what’s left to ensure the kitchen is stocked with utensils, dishware and essential dry storage items. Consider multi-layer drawers or drawers within drawers to keep everything in place. Consider roll-out cabinet for pans. You can also make the most of your cabinetry with more shelves that are narrow.
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