Wheelchair kitchen remodeling is becoming more common as our country puts more focus on inclusive design and accessibility. The home accessibility people living with a disability dreamed about in decades past is now being demanded in their homes.
Which, it should be; there’s no reason someone can’t have a wheelchair kitchen that makes their life better and more enjoyable.
Obviously, not everyone requires the same kind of modifications to their kitchen. However, there are common remodeling and modifications that we (and other accessibility professionals) recommend. These can not only help make things easier at home, but also can increase your personal safety.
Wheelchair kitchen modifications
Wheelchair kitchen modifications are just what they sound like: home renovations that are specifically for wheelchair users. Here’s a list of a few disability remodeling options you should consider if you need a wheelchair kitchen.
Install counters at varying heights – This makes the kitchen infinitely more usable and creates space for you to work.
Lowering cabinets – In some cases, having cabinets lowered can provide more accessible storage space in a wheelchair kitchen.
Accessible appliances – Changing where an appliance is mounted (such as a microwave) can make it easier to use. As well as, appliance that are universally designed.
Roll-under sink – Being able to sit at a sink (or have it move down the someone’s sitting position) can help with daily kitchen tasks.
Lever-handled or touch-free faucets – Make it so nearly anyone can turn the water on and off easily.
Wider doorways into kitchen – Opening up doorways allow wheelchairs to pass through effortlessly.
Proper flooring – You want a floor that can take having a wheelchair on it every day and stay nice looking.
Good lighting – Helps you see what you’re working on, reduces strain and increases kitchen safety.
Accessible kitchen photos
Over the years, we’ve built accessibility into so many kitchen projects. From empowering Veterans at home to increasing independence for someone with Spina Bifida, we’ve helped people create the wheelchair kitchen they need. Here are a few photos that show some of these modifications.