Customized accessible kitchen

Several people can work simultaneously in this kitchen, both wheelchair users and ambulatory persons

Island counter with adjustable height section and knee-space.
Island counter with adjustable height section and knee-space.

Description
A two-part work island stands in the middle of the kitchen. One part has knee space and the height can be adjusted. The adjustable height section has a sink, counter space, and stove with ceramic cooktop. There is a pull-out board under the stove and a drawer in the front edge of the counter. Others can work standing at the rest of the kitchen island, which is at a fixed height. It also has a sink, counter space, and stove with ceramic cooktop. The section has a built-in cabinet with drawers (see separate tip), dishwasher, and storage unit on casters (see separate tip). Two of the kitchen walls are lined with a built-in cabinet with oven, microwave oven, refrigerator, and freezer (see separate tip). The appliances are the right height for wheelchair users. Tall cabinets store important daily equipment and foods are available at the right height in slide-out drawers.

Users comments
With so many cabinets along the wall, adjustable height cabinets are not necessary. The user chose selected elements from a previous accessible kitchen remodeling project.

Paid for by
Partly the local government, partly the user

Whose idea
Ida Lindhé, occupational therapist

This tip is from 2005

Counter with dishwasher for standing persons
Counter with dishwasher for standing persons
Counter with pull-out cabinet for standing persons
Counter with pull-out cabinet for standing persons

Related tips

Refrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Refrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Refrigerator and freezer with large handles at the right height for wheelchair users.
Kitchen cabinet in accessible kitchen
Kitchen cabinet in accessible kitchen
The tall cabinets contain many shelves (the lower ones) that are accessible for wheelchair users.
Counter cabinet with drawers
Counter cabinet with drawers
Easy sliding drawers at the right height are conveniently accessible and appropriate for wheelchair users.
Pullout spray faucet in accessible kitchen
Pullout spray faucet in accessible kitchen
Pullout spray faucet makes kitchen work easier for persons with impaired hand or arm function.
Dishwasher in accessible kitchen
Dishwasher in accessible kitchen
Dishwasher placement is important for optimal handling of dishes by persons with disabilities.
Hook for kitchen towel
Hook for kitchen towel
Easy-to-use kitchen towel hook for persons with impaired hand function.
Microwave oven with door hinged at bottom
Microwave oven with door hinged at bottom
The microwave oven door can be used to put things on – appropriate for wheelchair users.
Storage units on casters in accessible kitchen
Storage units on casters in accessible kitchen
Provides accessible storage for persons with limited reach.

Tipsare: Anonym 1

The person lives together with his wife and an child in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1975 and has a high tetraplegia (C5). Through hand surgery his grip function improved in both hands. He has personal assistance 7 hours a day.