You want your kitchen to be as safe and convenient as possible since it’s one of the busiest parts of your house. If you have found your forever home or live with older family members, consider adding accessible features to your space. It can help ensure your kitchen meets the needs of everyone in your household.
Improve the accessibility of the heart of your home using these tips from a kitchen remodeling expert.
Ensure Smooth Traffic Flow
Clearance is among the first things to consider when designing an accessible kitchen. Passageways and doorways must be wide enough to accommodate wheelchair or walker users. Allocate around 42-48 inches of clearance for mobility devices. Meanwhile, doorways should be at least 36 inches wide.
People of all ages and abilities will find multilevel countertops useful. Include lower countertops to accommodate individuals who must sit while preparing meals or cooking. If your current countertops have sharp edges, it’s best to make them rounded to lower the likelihood of bumps, bruises and injuries.
Go With Drawers
Drawers eliminate the need to reach into the back of the cabinet to get ingredients, pans and other cooking essentials. They also make it easier to find the items that you need. If unsure which storage solutions suit your space, seek assistance from a reputable remodeler. They will carefully assess your kitchen and hear your concerns to design a storage system tailored to your household’s needs.
Touchless faucets are something to consider for your next kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. They require little effort to operate and benefit people with limited mobility. You can also pair them with hands-free soap dispensers.
Proper lighting is vital to the safety of your kitchen. You can bring more natural light into your space by adding windows. It’s not enough that the room has ambient lighting. Add task lighting above your countertops and kitchen island for added visibility.
You can avoid slips and falls in your kitchen with non-slip flooring. Look for an option that is easy to clean and maintain. You can place non-slip rugs in front of work areas for extra safety.
Let’s Start a Conversation!
At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southeast Florida, we can improve your living space’s safety without compromising its appeal. We specialize in kitchen remodeling, cabinet refacing and more! Call us at (561) 935-3915 or fill out our online form to reach our design experts. We serve homeowners in Jupiter, FL, and nearby communities.