So much time is spent in our kitchens. It is the hub of many homes where families gather to be together. But a tight narrow space can be frustrating to maneuver for those without wheelchair accessibility. There is no reason to spend one more day feeling frustrated by a lack of independence in your own home. With some creative modifications, your kitchen can be designed for plenty of movement and the ability to access every part of the space. Below are several options to consider when designing a kitchen with wheelchair access.
Eliminate narrow walkways and doors. An open floor plan will allow for plenty of space to maneuver around while having the flexibility to travel from room to room. The openness of the kitchen will also permit access to the essentials like appliances, kitchen cabinets, sinks and kitchen countertops. An open space offers inclusion for all. Consider designing an island without cabinetry underneath, in the center of the room, which will allow the wheelchair to roll right up to the eating area so the family can always dine together.
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While designing a kitchen With wheelchair access, countertops, cabinets and appliances will need to be at a reduced height for easy accessibility. Over reaching from a wheelchair to grasp an item could mean dangerous falls or unwanted spills. Lower stoves and ranges to wheelchair height to avoid harmful burns. A range located in the island is perfect for a wheelchair to allow for a simple reach. Move switches for lights and garbage disposals to the front of the cabinets for easy access. Install pull out shelves for extra work space and sliding cabinets for quick access to often used accessories. Add a recessed panel under the sink for more legroom and a more comfortable reach while cleaning dishes.
With advancements in technology come amazing high-tech solutions to creating the most efficient space. Cabinets that are installed at a standard height can be motorized to move up and down to suite every family members needs. Simple lower the cabinet to the appropriate height needed to remove any required items. When the cabinet is back in place, the kitchen is once again aesthetically pleasing and the counter space has not been compromised. Whatever your needs may be, with some creative modifications and an innovative design plan, you can have a fully functioning kitchen that is wheelchair accessible.