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Universal Design Kitchen Ideas

Using universal design principles in your kitchen makes cooking easy for people of all ages and abilities.

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Photo: J. Turnbow Photography. From: Urbanology Designs.

Universal Design Features for the Kitchen

Universal design-style kitchens go beyond the basic triangle layout and solve accessibility problems so that your kitchen is beautiful and functional for the whole family. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider incorporating these universal design features to create a cooking space that works for everyone regardless of age or ability.

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Photo: E. L. Designs

Two-Tiered Kitchen Countertops

Countertops positioned at various heights make this kitchen by E. L. Designs easily usable for any chef. Plus, if you slide the bar chairs aside, you’ve got wheelchair-accessible dining or working space.

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Photo: Jason Kisner ©

Flexible-Height Appliances

Lowered kitchen appliances are perfect for people in wheelchairs. Install a microwave-convection oven in a base cabinet and let it function like a second oven, giving everyone access to cook or bake.

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Adjustable Countertops

Height-adjustable countertops can be raised or lowered to provide the ideal work surface for anyone in the household. Eliminating lower cabinets allows wheelchair users to easily access the work areas in the kitchen.

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