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How to Make a Kitchen Wheelchair Accessible
When remodeling or designing a kitchen for easy wheelchair access, lower the height of cabinets, choose appliances with front mounted controls, and provide open access under countertops. Watch this video to find out more. ...More
How to Make a Kitchen Wheelchair AccessibleBy: Allen Lyle
When remodeling or designing a kitchen for easy wheelchair access:
- Appliance Controls: Choose appliances with front mounted controls that are easy to reach from a wheelchair.
Watch this video to find out more.
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Allen Lyle: You’ve got kind of a unique perspective here, in that you’ve seen life both in and out of a chair.
Phyllis: Right. When I moved in here, I was in a wheelchair. So I get it right up under there real well and eat right there, because we didn’t have a dining room here. And the stove’s very low, where you can reach it, the cabinets are all low.
Allen Lyle: What I love, one thing about the stove is you got, so many times you have controls in the back . . . in front.
Phyllis: And they have them all right there, so you can use them. And all the light switches are low enough. You can reach them from a wheelchair.
Allen Lyle: I love the fact that you’ve got, of course, it’s. . . . You’re using storage now, but when you had the chair. . . .
Phyllis: But when I had the chair I didn’t have anything under there. You could slip up here and work.
Allen Lyle: Right. You could slip up here and prep work, it’s a bit low.
Phyllis: That’s where I’d usually eat, just go right up under there and eat.
Allen Lyle: You mentioned the cabinets, all right. This is something a lot of people may not catch on to right off the bat. But these are considerably lower than they typically would be.
Phyllis: Oh, yeah. They’re really low. And you can reach them from a wheelchair if you’re sitting here. You can open them up. I’ve had to do that before.