Five requirements for accessible kitchen design

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When designing a kitchen for accessibility, a deep understanding of the client’s needs is imperative. With all the advances in accessible design, a beautiful and efficient kitchen can be designed to be ergonomic for everyone who lives in a home whether or not they are disabled. Easy access is key for ADA-compliant kitchens, which leads to five requirements:

1) Clearance: Clearance is required to allow enough space for wheelchairs to freely move around. A pass-through kitchen should be 40″ wide, and 60″ wide for a U-shaped kitchen

2) Workspace: A 30″ wide section of unobstructed counterspace must be provided.

3) Sink: Perhaps the most important detail in the kitchen: the sink must be unobstructed and located 28-34″ above the floor. BLANCO’s PRECIS ADA single bowl kitchen sink features an on-trend shape that combines beauty and accessibility. This 25″ wide sink features a 5″ inner bowl depth, which meets rigorous ADA constraints, ensuring compliance. And with BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material, this sink will remain a chip-, stain-, and heat-resistant fixture in the kitchen for years to come.

4) Cabinets: 50% of all shelf space must be accessible.

5) Appliances: Appliances must have a clear floor space of 30″x48″ positioned forward.

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