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Tips to Improve Accessibility in the Kitchen

The kitchen often serves as the heart of a home, acting as a central gathering place for families. However, individuals facing challenges related to mobility, balance, or vision may find the kitchen fraught with potential dangers and obstacles. The inability to navigate the kitchen safely can result in a loss of independence, necessitating assistance with basic tasks. Fortunately, modifications can transform the kitchen into a secure environment accessible to individuals of varying abilities. The key in designing a kitchen for multiple users is simplicity and flexibility; it will largely be dependent on the abilities each user has and will require careful assessment and consideration to ensure one design element does not negatively impact on another.


Incorporate Pull Inserts in Cupboards: Integrate pull-out cupboards with absolute smooth action, eliminating the need for bending or stretching. Pulldown cupboard inserts, full-extension slide-shelving, and carousel fitting shelves aid those with mobility challenges in accessing items that would otherwise be out of reach.

Install a Lower Sink and User-Friendly Taps: Standard sinks are often inaccessible from a wheelchair, and turning taps can be challenging for many. Installing a sink at a lower height and incorporating lever and mixer taps facilitates independent functioning. Additionally, taps with a thermostatic feature reduce the risk of scalding.

Implement Easy-Pull Drawers: Replace drawers with small knobs with D-shaped handles for improved grip. Ensure that drawers have stops to prevent injuries caused by attempting to catch a heavy drawer.

Incorporate Adjustable Worktop Heights: Having the worktop adjusted to the perfect height, makes a big difference for each activity. Different heights are required to carry out tasks such as meal preparation, cooking & cleaning. It’s a huge advantage to be able to adjust the worktop height – whether standing or seated, promoting self-sufficiency and optimal working conditions in the kitchen. What’s more, our solutions offer seated users more leg space and the freedom to move around with ease.

Create Accessible Preparation Areas within the kitchen: When designing adjustments for a kitchen catering to individuals with disabilities, we prioritise space for food preparation. We allocate an open area in the kitchen, approximately 900mm wide and positioned at an appropriate height for easy access by individuals in wheelchairs. The work surface should have a depth no more than 600mm to ensure comfortable reach. Maintaining a consistent height throughout the work surface allows items to be smoothly moved along the counter, reducing the need for lifting and carrying. In cases where space is limited for providing worktops with knee space, alternatives such as pull-out worktops or mobile benches can be considered.

To enhance usability, items such as kettles and other kitchen aids should contrast in colour or tone with the countertop for easy identification. Frequently used items like kettles and toasters should be placed within easy reach and with sufficient surrounding space to minimise the risk of bumping and spilling. Visual contrasts between work surfaces, appliances, and electrical sockets can aid individuals with visual and memory impairments.

Widening Doorways: Assess and potentially widen doorways, especially if the home was constructed with narrow passages that hinder the passage of wheelchairs, walkers, or motorised scooters. This not only enhances daily convenience but also addresses safety concerns during emergencies.

Kitchen storage can be an exciting and innovative part of your home planning. Make your kitchen functional and eye catching. These tips can significantly enhance the lives and safety of individuals with physical limitations. While these modifications often require professional installation, VIP Access’ team specialises in creating universally accessible kitchens. With years of experience, we ensure excellent execution of projects to eliminate barriers and provide unrestrained access to all kitchen areas.

VIP Access offers a range of solutions, including non-slip flooring, customised pull inserts for cupboards, sink adjustments, and installation of easy-to-use taps. expertise extends beyond changing knobs, handles, hinges, and installing touch-activated doors and lights and more. Additionally, we specialise in widening doorways and leveling or ramping surfaces between rooms, making the kitchen a safe space for everyone.

Our experienced staff understands the needs of those with mobility issues and offers tailored solutions to create a safe kitchen environment for all. If you or someone you know faces challenges in the kitchen, consider reaching out to VIP Access on 07 3807 4309 or email [email protected]

Contact VIP Access today for a friendly discussion on how we can be of assistance.