Wheelchair Accessible Kitchen - Freedom Lift Systems

Wheelchair Accessible Kitchen

The kitchen is often the most used room in the house, so creating wheelchair accessible kitchens is an important step in making homes usable for family members who use wheelchairs. An ADA compliant kitchen has adjustable countertops and cabinets, and workspaces that you can roll right up to and use easily. This is accomplished with Freedom Lift Systems for the Kitchen. Read More...

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Reclaim Your Kitchen Independence With Freedom Lift Systems

Adding an ADA compliant lift system into a kitchen allows wheelchair users and those with mobility issues to prepare meals, clean up, and use an important space in the home safely and independently. There are many ways to create ADA kitchens for wheelchairs, starting with counter lifts and cabinet lifts that make the most of your busiest space.  

Tips for making your kitchen wheelchair accessible

Besides adding height adjustable countertops and cabinet lifts there are many other ways to design the kitchen space so that elderly family members or wheelchair users can safely and independently work in the kitchen. Here are a few tips for accessible kitchen design:

  • If possible create an open floor plan, with a kitchen work triangle. This creates a clear path between the sink, cooktop and refrigerator for the easiest use of the space
  • Leave open spaces beneath the sink and countertops, to allow leg space when a wheelchair is pulled up close
  • Install full extension drawers and pull out storage units to minimize reaching and bending
  • A rolling kitchen cart is helpful to keep utensils and workspaces close and accessible
  • Create a deep and higher than normal toe kick space under all lower cabinets to allow foot space for wheelchair users
  • Install side-hinged doors on ovens Install cooktops with front controls so a seated person doesn’t have to reach over hot burners to turn elements on and off
  • Make sure all cabinet doors, drawers and faucets have lever style or C or D shaped handles, instead of small round knobs
  • Side by side refrigerators are easier to reach all shelves
  • Make sure light switches and electrical sockets are easy to reach from a wheelchair
  • Add more lighting to work areas, but use indirect lighting to avoid glare on shiny surfaces
  • Make sure the sink isn’t too deep, as it will make it harder to reach the bottom from a wheelchair, and it will take up too much leg space underneath