Are you remodeling your current kitchen to make it more accessible for wheelchair access in aging in place or in the face of a disability or looking for wheelchair accessible kitchen cabinets to make your life easier?
Then you may be wondering how accessibility fits into your style or color palette. This may also be true for those building a new home to fit their new set of abilities more fully. Check out some of our ideas below to see how you can retain your sweet sense of style and still have a fully accessible kitchen as well.
We all need great cabinets in our kitchens. We look at them day in and day out and we expect them to be functional yet stylish. When purchasing cabinets in an older home or home you already live in you may want to find out if custom colors or finishes are offered. This can help you to match your current decor instantly. If you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new home be sure to find a brand of cabinet that is both functional and blends with your unique sense of style.
Drawer pulls come in many shapes, sizes, and finishes. Although in wheelchair accessible kitchen cabinets C shaped drawer pulls may be preferable to traditional knobs on cabinet doors or drawers. These pulls come in a variety of finishes to match your current style or create a new style all your own. Other options may include larger knobs or pulls in different shapes, such as squares to allow for easier gripping and more surface area to keep hold of things for those with less dexterity in their hands.
Under the counter appliances can still be stylish. Look for under the counter microwaves that can be put inside of stylish wheelchair accessible kitchen cabinets. You may also look for appliances in a finish you love as well such as stainless steel for a modern look. Of course, we can’t forget the ever essential drawer style dishwasher. These appliances also come in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes as well to help you find just what you’ve been looking for.
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to navigate your counter space when you’ve finished installing your wheelchair accessible kitchen cabinets. Choose counters with plenty of space beneath them and look for cabinets that have sliding doors to immediately give you a wheelchair accessible sink. Fool your guests with those pretty doors and keep your sanity when making dinner with this clever idea. Speaking of sinks…
Look for sinks in finishes you prefer and at a height that is comfortable for you in your wheelchair. Also as mentioned above keep in mind your need to pull in beneath the sink to prep your foods or wash those ever-present dishes. Sliding door cabinets or a floating, free standing sink may be the best options here. In this way, you can keep your style and still do everything you need to do.
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