Universal Design: Aging in Place
What does “universal design” mean? It means maximizing the accessibility and usability of a space so that it can be used by people regardless of ability, age, and size. Rather than design to meet the needs of a few, universal design strives for simplicity and elegance to meet the needs of all. Not simply inclusive of differing abilities, universal design enhances a space for all who use it.
Why Universal Design in the Kitchen?
When you apply universal design in the kitchen you remove barriers, focus on safety, and increase accessibility for all people; in short, universal design helps your kitchen become more user-friendly. A few examples of universal design in the kitchen include:
- Practical lighting (i.e., cabinet/drawer interiors, workspaces)
- Slip-resistant flooring
- Touchless faucets
- Multi-height countertops
- Pull-out storage
Universal Design: Appliances & Cabinetry Options
Only a few brands have appliances that are ADA-approved. We love the ADA-compliant dishwashers from Swedish brand ASKO. Other great ASKO dishwasher features include efficiency (all of their built-in models are Energy Star rated), durability, and longevity.
If you’re in search of lighting solutions, we love to recommend the interior cabinet lighting made by Hafele. In fact, Hafele has a host of kitchen solutions to help you create a more accessible kitchen, from pantry storage to drawer organization and beyond.