Accessible kitchen in newly built house

Large kitchen designed for wheelchair users and the entire family

User at low adjustable-height counter
User at low adjustable-height counter

Description
The kitchen is a part of a large family room with dining area and living room. The kitchen has two parallel counters, 124 cm apart, at different heights. The low counter, which is an island without any upper cabinet, also serves as the boundary for the dining area and living room. The kitchen section against the wall has the refrigerator, freezer, a full-length cabinet with built-in microwave, counter at standard height, a sink with knee space, dishwasher, corner cabinet, adjustable-height upper cabinets and lower cabinets with slide-out drawers. The island consists of an adjustable height counter with sink and cooktop, as well as a full-length cabinet on one side with an oven. See also associated tips.

Users comments
The user and her family began to build a new house about 2.5 years after she was injured. They contacted and received tips from many people in the same situation. They took plenty of time to plan all the details. The kitchen company, Ballingslöv in Länna was very good to work with, offering good ideas for solutions.

Whose idea
The user’s

This tip is from 2009

User between the two counters, on the left the fixed-height counter with adjustable-height upper cabinet; on the right, adjustable height counter
User between the two counters, on the left the fixed-height counter with adjustable-height upper cabinet; on the right, adjustable height counter
User in kitchen
User in kitchen

Related tips

Freezer with slide-out bins
Freezer with slide-out bins
Large freezer in modified kitchen – wheelchair users only reach the lower sliding bins.
Easy-slide drawers in accessible kitchen
Easy-slide drawers in accessible kitchen
The content of the kitchen cabinets is easily organized and easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Microwave oven
Microwave oven
Position of microwave oven in accessible kitchen.
Built-in wall oven in accessible kitchen
Built-in wall oven in accessible kitchen
Telescoping track makes it easy to put food in/take food out of the oven.
Trivet
Trivet
Practical kitchen utensil for easy transfers of hot pots – suitable for people with disabilities.
Placement of dishwasher
Placement of dishwasher
Careful planning of dishwasher placement makes it possible to load and unload dishes without having to move – suitable for wheelchair users.
Desk and dining table close to the kitchen
Desk and dining table close to the kitchen
Practical desk and workplace next to the kitchen – suitable for wheelchair users.

Tipsare: Karolina

Karolina lives together with her family in a house. She is working part time. She was injured in 2006 and has a tetraplegia (C7). She has 12 hours personal assistance a day.