Workplace Design Principles

A starting point for an evidenced-based design process

Universal Kitchen Design: Preliminary Guidelines January 21, 2009

Filed under: Kitchen Design — ia2studio @ 6:58 pm
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Before beginning a design for a universal kitchen, take into account the following guidelines:

1. Place light switches at a height where both standers and sitters can reach, providing both heights access.

2. Choose full-extension drawers instead of cabinets with doors. A standard drawer pulling motion is more convenient and accessible than a door.

3. Use large “loop” pulls on cabinets instead of knobs to maximize the ease of use. Someone with rheumatoid arthritis may not have the ability to grasp around a knob, and may need to use a pull to open a drawer.

Wildberger, Sara. “Everyone Welcome.” Washingtonion Oct. 2004: 193.

Shawn Calvin

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