How to Design an Accessible Kitchen

As the heart of the home, the kitchen should be a place that is accessible to everyone living in the house. This includes guests and family members, regardless of their age and ability. As such, it makes sense to build a kitchen that is both accessible and functional. Here are some kitchen renovation tips you can use when designing your very own accessible kitchen.

Spatial Relations

In a traditional kitchen, the work triangle is the main consideration. While this factor still plays a crucial role in the accessible kitchen, there are other aspects that need to be given importance. For one, the distance between the kitchen sink, microwave and fridge should be optimized so it’s not too cramped (allowing for wheelchair accessibility) nor too far apart (making the kitchen difficult to navigate).

Flooring Options

While hardwood and ceramic tile floors are undeniably beautiful and are the obvious choice for some households, these materials might not be the ideal choice for those who would like their kitchens to be as safe and wheelchair-friendly as possible. Reputable kitchen remodel contractors will have no problem installing cork, non-slip vinyl or even rubber flooring to accommodate your needs.

Easy-to-Access Appliances & Counters

What’s an accessible kitchen without accessible appliances? Turn your kitchen into a more welcoming space by making modifications to your appliances. Side-by-side refrigerator doors allow easier access to both the refrigerator and the freezer, while slide-out shelves assist with access to food. As for ovens, choose side-hinged variants that allow someone in a wheelchair to use the oven without having to reach over the door. Countertops of varying levels are a great idea so even vertically challenged family members can have their own spot. Kitchen islands that have legroom are also great additions to the accessible kitchen. 

Designing Beautiful & Functional Kitchens for All

Here at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of St. Louis Park, we believe that kitchens and all other rooms should be beautiful, comfortable and accessible. It is our goal to help you achieve the house of your dreams. Call us today at (954) 637-6386 so we can get started on transforming your house into your dream home!