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For Boomers & Their Aging Parents

Kitchen Trends

Good kitchen design makes working in the kitchen easier and more pleasant for everyone.  For those who want to age in place however, good kitchen design is an integral part of maintaining independence.  So what features should you consider when planning a kitchen that will optimize your ability to use the space comfortably as you age.




CABINETS

1. Allow 4’ of floor space  between base cabinets and a kitchen island for ease of
   maneuverability
2. Place your upper cabinets 48” above the floor and lower cabinets 6” above the floor.
   This will limit the stretching and bending needed to reach dishes and pots and pans
3. Install cabinets with adjustable upper shelves.  Also available are motorized 
   cabinets that move up and down with the push of a button, or motorized shelves that 
    can be installed into your existing cabinets.
4. Lower cabinets should have slide out shelves and full extension drawers that pull out
   further than normal drawers.
5. Install easy to grip knobs or pulls
6. Provide for adjustable cabinetry and removable base cabinets


       
    
   
 
                       
 





       









COUNTER TOPS

1. Select colored or patterned borders at counter edges to provide visual orientation to
   workspaces; choose counter edges that are rounded rather than squared   
2. Vary the height of your counter tops.  Consider a counter that is 28”-32” high (table
   height) for someone who wants to sit while cooking, preparing food or washing dishes.   
3. Allow for open, under counter seated work areas, minimally 30” wide 
4. Select counter top materials that are smooth enough so you can slide heavy pots and
   are heat resistant.  Install a pull out shelf under the counter adjacent to the stove 
   or microwave so there is a place to put down hot dishes or pans.
5. Design sufficient counter space for placing dishes adjacent to or opposite all appliances.





                        

     












APPLIANCES

1.  Purchase a side-by-side or drawer refrigerator.  These refrigerators are easier to
    access for those who use a wheelchair since the chair can be pulled up closer to the 
   shelves.   Refrigerators with adjustable shelves also easily accommodate a number of
   physical disabilities.  Lower shelves are easier for those with difficulty lifting their
   arms and higher shelves work well for those who have trouble bending.  
2.  Choose a cook top with either front or side controls and with burners that aren’t set
   in a straight line.  This will allow you to adjust a control or turn on another burner
    without having to reach across a hot stovetop.  Check  to make sure the controls are 
    easy to read. 
3.  Mount a wall oven so you don’t have to bend.  If you select a model with a door that 
   swings to the side rather than pulls down you will avoid having to lean across a hot 
   door when taking items from the oven. 
4.  Microwave ovens should be placed either at counter height, in the wall, or in drawers.
5.  Look for the newest trends in pull out dishwashers.  These appliances are fit into 
   drawers that pull out just like all the other drawers in base cabinets.  If you prefer 
   a standard dishwasher, install it 8” off the floor to minimize bending.






       
       






 


 Susan Luxenberg
  President
  HomeSmart LLC

 
 
                          
 
 
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

12 Comments to Kitchen Trends:

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The kitchen is with no doubt one of the most important rooms in any home with many people spending plenty of effort, money and time to make sure that functions well.
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