How do you design a wheelchair accessible kitchen?
Nowadays, millions of people suffer from some disability. Disable people, including wheelchair users, individuals with mobility impairments, and those with limited strength or physical fitness, often face difficulties using usual home kitchens and kitchenware.
Therefore a safe and comfortable custom-made kitchen is a great necessity. Accessible kitchens are designed in a way to be usable by these people. There are some innovative ways to remodel kitchens so that the disabled can access their kitchens.
Designing wheelchair-accessible kitchens can be challenging. Access from a single point is the best, requiring the cabinets, utensils, and counters to be within reach. The appliances should be placed in a way that won’t be awkward, don’t impede the disabled individual’s movement, and endanger the person.
The height of the kitchen’s countertops should be around 86 cm and sometimes even less. The ideal condition would be height-adjustable countertops. Plus, there must be a space beneath the counter so that the disabled person can reach the counter with a wheelchair. There should be no obstacles on the floors to facilitate their movements and keep them safe.
The entryways should be wide enough so that wheelchairs can pass through them. Handles and doorknobs should not require too much strength to be opened using only one hand. It’s preferred that cabinets have slide doors or no door at all so that people can easily access them. Remember to leave enough space around ovens, refrigerators, cooktops, sinks, or dishwashers to be freely accessible for disabled individuals from the side.