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Innovative and Accessible Kitchen Design

by Shannon Dauphin

When you are planning kitchen design for someone who needs special accommodation, it is the little things that matter. If your kitchen has ample space to move around, then the next concern is the appliances and placement of sinks, lowered countertops, and the like.

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Accessibility Tips for Your Kitchen

Ready to create a kitchen design that is truly accessible? Here are a few tips:

  • Lowered sinks with pull-down faucets can make prep work a breeze. Freestanding sinks with space underneath can make prep work and doing dishes easy for those who are in a wheelchair. You can even opt for a sink operated by motion sensors or push buttons.
  • Ovens on the wall with easy-to-reach controls and wide windows to see what's cooking are excellent ideas for your accessible kitchen. The range top should be low for easy reach with controls on the front rather than the back. Make things even easier with a ceramic cooktop that makes it easy to move pots and pans from one place to another.
  • A refrigerator with double doors and convenient movable shelves is a must. The shorter swing of a side-by-side freezer and refrigerator unit can be helpful, and ice and water available in the door is a nice convenience for anyone.
  • Countertops that lower for accessible use and then crank back into a typical height are good for those who prefer the best of both worlds. Long, low countertops provide plenty of room to work without bumping into appliances or other people while you prepare meals.

Don't forget how important space is in an accessible kitchen! Simply leaving out that kitchen island can provide ample room to move about. Accessible custom kitchen designs don't have to be difficult, and can even be a great deal of fun.


About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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