Individually modified kitchen

The user chose fixed low work surfaces. The closer the work surface to the knees, the better she can work independently in the kitchen.

Countertop, stove and sink without a cabinet underneath and a curtain to hide the knee space
Countertop, stove and sink without a cabinet underneath and a curtain to hide the knee space

Description
The kitchen has large fixed work surfaces that are as low as possible while still allowing knee space. A rolling stool will be purchased so that assistants can also work comfortably in the kitchen. The stove has a ceramic cooktop. Electrical outlets are numerous and accessible. Their placement has been carefully planned to prevent kitchen appliance electrical cords from crossing over the stove, which may be hot. The kitchen sink was lowered to place it at the same height as the work space. Dishes can be unloaded onto the surface above the dishwasher, to the left of the sink. Cabinets are equipped with easy sliding drawers. Upper cabinets can be raised and lowered by remote control.

Users comments
Low fixed-height work surfaces were chosen in order to work as effectively as possible with impaired arm function (it is difficult for Susanne to use her hands when her shoulders are raised). Adjustable-height work surfaces need edging for the controls, which raise the work surface about 25 cm. Work surfaces are as flat as possible in order to be able to slide things rather than having to lift them while simultaneously turning the wheelchair; even the corner is designed for knee space. The space under the sink is designed for knee access, but even though the sink is shallow, it encroaches on the space below the bench. Susanne has chosen to prioritize low counters since she uses the dishwasher for essentially everything. She rinses the dishes, places them on the counter, moves over and then puts them in the dishwasher. Not a drop of water is spilled on the floor.

Don’t rely on architectural drawings; take your own measurements because there is often a discrepancy.

Made by
IAB

Paid for by
Local government

Whose idea
Susanne Berg

Editors comments
IAB is not producing acessible kitchens anymore. A company selling accessible mitchens is Granberg, www.granberg.se (last checked May 2017).

This tip is from 2005

The curtain is left open
The curtain is left open
Upper cabinet with built-in oven
Upper cabinet with built-in oven

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Tipsare: Susanne

Susanne lives in an apartment. She studies as well as working full time as a free-lance journalist. She was injured in 1982 and has a high spinal cord injury (C5). Through hand surgery her grip function in her left hand improved. She has personal assistance.