When discussing accessibility in the kitchen, initial thoughts go to devices that make hard-to-reach spaces more easily accessed. Today’s interior cabinet fittings are a marvel of engineering, with pullouts that use every inch of space, custom-designed to hold items such as spices, bottles, cans, dishes, cutlery and more.
But accessible design goes beyond the interior of cabinets, with the call to safety among the top priorities. Cooking surfaces, countertops with movement, ovens and hoods with WiFi connectivity, and non-slip flooring are among the items that also fit into the category of accessible design, making the kitchen function for all family members of all abilities.
Among the latest trends in accessible kitchen design are:
- Touch- and voice-controlled faucets and those that provide easy toggling between functions provide ease of use for homeowners.
- Smart cooking appliances that can be controlled and monitored via app allow the user to adjust temperatures and monitor the cooking process.
- Non-slip surfaces and pronounced designs provide safety when moving around the kitchen and dealing with depth-perception issues.
- Refrigerators and faucets with automatic measured dispensing aid in precise work and prevent accidental spills.
- Interior drawer and cabinet systems deliver more sophisticated operation, with electric push-to-open options and interior LED lighting providing better access and visibility.
- Induction cooktops stay cool to the touch, providing safer operation when working above the cooktop.
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