The standard dimensions of a kitchen are suitable for a medium-sized person in a standing position. Suffice to say that a disabled person cannot carry out daily tasks there. Here are some tips to optimize the kitchen for a person with reduced mobility.
It is first of all necessary to arrange the space so that a person in a wheelchair can circulate there freely. At least 1 m must therefore be left between the furniture. On the floor, a non-slip coating is useful.
Optimizing the kitchen for a person with reduced mobility: the height of the equipment
The layout also goes through the height of the furniture. Thus, the worktop must be 75 cm from the ground, which corresponds to a seated person, for a depth of 60 cm, with of course a space provided below for the legs. In this regard, it is strongly recommended to insulate the pipes and other electrical connections, especially under the sink. The tap must be accessible - we will install, for example, a mixer with handles - as well as the household appliances: the oven will be installed at 75 cm in height, the dishwasher at 50 cm. For cooking, we will prefer an induction hob because of its touch control panel.
The most everyday
The idea here is to facilitate movement and everyday gestures for people with reduced mobility. The closets will have sliding doors. For storage, you can also opt for trolleys and / or turnstile shelves. A worktop with rounded corners and a slightly inclined sink to better recover its contents also make it possible to optimize the kitchen for a person with reduced mobility.