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Special Individual Needs

Kitchen 

We aim to design kitchens that perform brilliantly - also for persons with very specific individual needs.

The real challenge is a design, not only for one person, but for the whole family regardless of age or physical abilities. There is no reason why a kitchen cannot be accessible for all.

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Individual Needs  A dream kitchen … everything to hand, a warm place to gather and chat. A kitchen that looks stunning and performs brilliantly too.

       

 

 

 

What is wrong with traditional kitchen design?

 Traditional design is simply not suitable for all. The kitchen is one of the first rooms where the impact of physical limitations is acutely felt. Those with individual needs, like all of us, also wish to prepare meals, cook, and do kitchen clean up in a comfortable space not causing additional fatigue.

The dominant model for kitchens cupboards is the two-door, one- shelf, cabinet. They might be the most economical, but they are not user friendly for those with mobility impairments. Getting a pan out from the back of such a cabinet means bending very low and stretching forward to get the pan out – often from behind other things.

A simple, full width drawer on full extension runners is far more practical. It allows the whole drawer to be pulled out. Access to the entire contents is much easier. The downside is added complexity of a strong drawer and reliable runners that carries a price premium.

 

Still, there is a better way of organising a kitchen.

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The important question is: Who are you planning the kitchen for? Get more information on this page.

Or e-mail us with specific questions. We gladly offer advice where we can. 

 

Who might benefit?

Pull outKitchens accessible for children

Over 65s

 Persons of restricted growth

 Persons with epilepsy

 A visually impaired person

 Those with mobility impairments

 Those with hearing impairments.

 Wheelchair users ...

 

 

Some practical features

Kitchen Grab rails

Lower or variable height kitchen worktops

Pull-out worktops

Easy pull handles

Non-slip flooring

Free-flow work spaces for full manoeuvrability

Easy access to lighting and electrical switches

Ovens and stove tops with front controls

Knee spaces under countertops

Shallow sinks for easy reach

A phone and intercom system


Ten million people in the UK are over 65 years old.

The latest projections are for 5.5 million more elderly people in 20 years’ time.

This sort of shift in the population will inevitably change the design of kitchens and how they are used by a large percentage of consumers.

The widespread adoption of drawer-based kitchen cabinets is changing the outer appearance of modern kitchens which now have a more linear design. This not only looks smart and uncluttered, it makes it easier for slightly arthritic fingers to grasp. 

Countertops & tables: If you're in a wheelchair, lowering counters is good but a counter that can go up and down is even more practical. A small table on wheels as a working surface can also work.

Countertop material: Easy clean, smooth, surfaces with clean lines and smooth, rounded corners are preferred. It speeds up the cleaning process for a healthier kitchen.

Appliances: Easy access to all appliances and power supplies is important.

Door handles: Small knobs can be difficult to use. Handles must be easy to reach and hold on to. The doors should be easy to open and close.

Ovens: Look for easy roll out shelves.

Lighting: Lighting should be adequate with switches that are positioned appropriately.

Pull out and pull down storage is a necessity for some special needs customers. These features are available in new cabinetry. This is advantageous for those those who have limited reach and lifting capacities or for a person in a wheelchairs.

 Space: Free-flow work spaces that will allow full manoeuvrability for wheelchair users or for persons using walking aids.

 Faucets: Choose a faucet that is hands free or one with electronic touch because  it is a simple touch to turn on and off. Taps with levers or infra-red sensors can also be a benefit.

Ovens and stove tops:  Consider ovens and hobs with front controls to avoid burns. If you are in a wheelchair, you could also consider an oven with a door that opens sideways as opposed to downward.