Universal Design-Style Kitchens

It has the functional triangle layout, right-height countertops, cabinet pulls and open space under the sink and cooktop: See how a universal kitchen design can be designed to suit people of all ages.

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Photo By: Scott Dorrance

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Photo By: Designer, Amy Bubier

Photo By: The National Kitchen And Bath Association

Photo By: Merillat

Photo By: Quality Cabinets

Accessible Kitchen With Modern Flair

Universal design features are seamlessly integrated in this stylish kitchen. Oversized hardware makes the appliances and cabinets easy to open, while the lowered countertop at the island is the perfect height for a wheelchair user. Below the counters, two freezer drawers and a microwave drawer are easily accessible. Design by Rate My Space user njhaus

Space Beneath Sink and Stove

Open space beneath the sink and stove provides knee clearance for wheelchair users in this kitchen. The room also features a microwave built into the base drawers and a raised dishwasher to reduce having to bend down. Image courtesy of Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Two-Tiered Kitchen Island

Countertops positioned at various heights make this kitchen easily usable for any chef, young or old. A pot filler positioned over the stove eliminates the hassle of carrying heavy, water-filled pots across the kitchen. Design by Anissa Swanzy in Lusby, Md.

Open Shelving

Open shelving and metal hooks provide easy access to utensils and dishes in this kitchen. The cabinetry beneath the countertop is also easily accessible, and the kitchen table can be moved to create more space if needed. Image courtesy of Formica

Reachable Kitchen Storage

This open kitchen features base drawers rather than cabinets, which are easier to access and can be used to organize dishes, pots, pans, utensils and more. A microwave built into the lower cabinets is easy for any user to reach. Image courtesy of QualityCabinets

Cushioned Kitchen Floor

This spacious kitchen offers plenty of clearance for a wheelchair. The room also features cork flooring, which cushions tired feet and muffles sound. Design by Amy Bubier

Dishwasher Drawer

Drawer-style dishwashers are easier to load and can be installed at various heights based on your needs. Plus, they can handle smaller loads, making them more efficient. Image courtesy of the National Kitchen & Bath Association

Accessible Storage

Special storage features, such as pullout shelves and lazy Susans, make cabinet contents easier to reach in the kitchen. Image courtesy of Merillat

Handy Hardware

Large cabinet and drawer pulls are easier to grip than small knobs, making storage areas more accessible. Glass doors allow users to see where everything is stored. Image courtesy of QualityCabinets

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