Comment by The AQK Team on March 20, 2017
How to design an accessible kitchen for your home
We are strong believers that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where your family gathers, cooks, eats, and gets a little bit closer everyday. It’s a place where every member of your family should feel comfortable and included.
Every family is different and it’s important to have a kitchen that is accessible to every family member.
When you are redecorating or remodeling your kitchen, this might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. But if you have an elderly or mobility-impaired family member living with you, it can make a big difference to them and your family in general. But don’t worry, you can still have the beautiful, functional kitchen of your dreams. Here’s how:
Having An Accessible Kitchen
1. Start With Storage
When you want to remodel or redesign your kitchen, storage is one of the first things you think of. Drawers. Cabines. Shelves. It’s a big part of having a functional kitchen! But you can make a few decisions to make your kitchen accessible without losing any functionality.
Fill your kitchen with drawers, pull-out shelves and lazy susans. That way you don’t have to go digging through cabinets to find things.
Once you remodel your kitchen, you can make things even easier by using storage hacks like pegboards to make everything easy to find.
2. Give It Some Space
Whether you’re mobility-impaired or not, it’s important to have enough space to move and groove in your kitchen. Make sure you have plenty of space between counters or around a kitchen island.
Also, make sure the things that get a lot of use have plenty of space and are easy to access. Things like your oven and microwave should be easy to reach and have plenty of wiggle room. You could also consider adding a pasta arm at the range to make filling pots with water easier.
3. Get Some Grit
The kitchen can be a messy place. Spills and splashes can lead to spills–which everyone wants to avoid.
When choosing a flooring for your accessible kitchen, you’ll want to pick something textured and soft. Not too soft (we’re obviously not recommending carpet for a kitchen!) but not too hard either. Ceramic tile could be textured enough, but if an elderly or mobility-impaired family member takes a fall, if could really hurt them. Instead, go for something like Luxury Vinyl Tile, which can look like wood or tile but is a bit softer. And it’s waterproof and durable, so it’s perfect for the kitchen!
Need An Accessible Remodel?
Look no further than the design experts at Affordable Quality Kitchens. We want every family member to feel comfortable and welcomed in the kitchen, so we’re passionate about helping you remodel to have a more accessible kitchen. Call today for a free design consultation and let’s get started!