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9 Kitchen Cabinet Accessories for Universal Design
Retrofit your cabinets without doing a full remodel to make your kitchen more accessible without blowing your budget
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Even if you don't have the luxury of gutting and remodeling your kitchen, you can still up its efficiency and accessibility quotient. Retrofitting some or all of your cabinets with these accessories will help those in your home get access to what they need and will help your kitchen stay organized as a bonus.
Rollout shelves are a great option for base cabinets. They come in a wide variety of sizes and styles and materials. A base cabinet with a standard door can usually accommodate three shelves, depending on what you need to store. If you have larger items to be stored, you can usually fit only two rollouts.
Something as simple as door storage trays can alleviate bending and reaching.
This classic door-mounted rack system can hold items other than just a cutting board. Cookie sheets and dish-drain trays come to mind.
A simple door garbage bin that swings out toward you when you open the door helps contain messes.
These two waste containers, designed for base cabinets, are great for smaller households. One container can hold waste, and the other can hold recycling. The unit can also be combined with an automatic opening system for extra efficiency. This is a terrific system for those with dexterity or mobility issues.
This swiveling system works well in upper cabinets. It offers accessibility, flexibility and organization by bringing items closer.
This pullout version also works well for upper cabinets.
A two-tier pull-down system like this allows you to access those sometimes hard-to-reach upper cabinets. This version from Rev-A-Shelf features a gas-assisted mechanism that makes lowering and lifting the system easy. It's a great idea for shorter individuals and those in wheelchairs.
When doors on cabinets are not convenient, consider removing them for ultimate access. Organization is the key to making this look work so that it does not look cluttered. But since you're saving money by not doing a total kitchen remodel, you can splurge on pretty dishware. An arrangement like this is pretty, functional and totally on trend.
8 Ideas for Immaculate Open Shelving
8 Ideas for Immaculate Open Shelving
Here, an island becomes the dishware storage station.
If you're tight on space, cabinet doors are even more problematic. This kitchen incorporates one whole wall of open shelving for everyday items. Shelving does not have to be much deeper than 12 or 13 inches to accommodate everyday items. Without any doors on the cabinetry, the space feels bigger and would better accomodate a person with a walker or in a wheelchair.
More: Other suggestions for accessible cabinet fittings
Ideabook published on Jan. 10, 2013.
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