How to design an accessible kitchen.
Designing an accessible kitchen considering the needs of individuals with disabilities and making modifications to the layout and features of the kitchen to make it easier for them to use. Here are some general ideas and suggestions to consider when designing an accessible kitchen.
Provide clear floor space
Make sure there is enough space for a person using a wheelchair or walker to move around the kitchen easier, which may involve removing unnecessary items from the kitchen and rearranging the layout to create a clear pathway.
Lower cabinets and appliances
Instead of using high wall cabinets, we suggest lowering cabinets and appliances to a height that is easier for individuals in wheelchairs to reach. You can also consider installing pull-out elements, LeMans units, carousel units with rotary shelves, which are especially useful for making corner cupboards more accessible.
Add accessible handles and knobs
Replace more traditional-looking handles and knobs with ones that are easier to grip, such as D-shaped handles or bar handles. Your kitchen designer will have samples of all available handles you can try out in the showroom. Open tablar pull-outs are also a great way to provide easy access to the most important kitchen items.
Design with different worktop heights
Consider installing worktops at different heights to accommodate individual needs. Pull-out tables are also a practical design solution, especially for smaller kitchen spaces.
Good lighting is essential for anyone using the kitchen, but it is especially important for individuals with visual impairments. Therefore, we suggest the kitchen is well-lit and consider installing task lighting over key areas such as the hob, oven and sink.
Consider installing technology
There are a number of virtual assistants which can make a kitchen more accessible, such as voice-activated appliances and smart home devices that allow individuals to control their appliances and lighting with their voice or a mobile device.
Use non-slip flooring
Non-slip flooring can help reduce the risk of falls, especially for individuals with mobility impairments.
By following these guidelines, you can design a kitchen that is safe, functional and more accessible for individuals with disabilities.
To start planning your new kitchen, visit your nearest Kutchenhaus showroom. All our showrooms offer free design consultations.