How can I make my kitchen counters and cabinets more accessible?

Here are some things to keep in mind when making your kitchen counters and cabinets more accessible:
  • If you are building or remodeling, create a tight work triangle: Place the stove, sink, and refrigerator within close proximity but with counter space in between for placing things to be transferred from one area to another.
  • Install cabinets at various heights for different tasks. If you cannot physically change the counter height, consider getting a stool (on wheels) that allows someone to sit while working.
  • Widen aisles by replacing some of the lower cabinets with bathroom cabinets, which are only 18 inches deep instead of the usual 24 inches.
  • Install full-extension drawers and shelves in base cabinets.
  • Bring some cabinets down to the countertop height.
  • Consider adding motorized cabinets.
  • Weighted shelving inserts fit inside your cabinets. These are counterbalanced so that they pull down or lift up with very little effort and provide easy access to cabinet contents.
  • Add a roll-out/pull-out cabinet if you have a narrow empty space next to the refrigerator.
  • Replace any round pull knobs with “C” or “D” shaped handles (shaped like the letter suggests) -- available at your local hardware or home improvement store -- that can be opened with little effort for people with weak or painful hands.
  • Install easy-glide and self-closing hardware on all cabinet drawers and doors.
  • Install slide-away cabinet doors.
  • Use contrasting color cabinet doors and countertops.
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