How to make your kitchen more usable?

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Montia Close – Cudby Homes – Lifemark 5 Star rated home

The kitchen is often the heart of the home: a place of life and exchanges. It is important that the kitchen experience is as pleasant as possible for everybody. Blum specialises in the production of functional hardware fittings especially for the kitchen and as a Lifemark™ partner since 2015, we share their vision for this area.

Experience shows that a kitchen will last in the region of 20 years. Contemporary kitchens should deliver an ease of use and durability in day-to-day tasks. So it’s important that it is not only aesthetically pleasing but is practical too. When creating a kitchen good preparation is key to help make sensible specifying decisions. That way, you support your kitchen planner in designing a kitchen adapted to your wishes.

Lifemark™ and Blum offer you a few tips to make your kitchen more usable:


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When everything is stored where you need it, both distance and time can be saved. You can make your kitchen an amazing place for everyone!

  • Always locate the dining room close to the kitchen, this allows people with reduced mobility to move easily over these short distances, which makes life easier and
    reduces the chance of falling.
  • Provide enough space between work surfaces to allow multiple users, or even a wheelchair user to easily work here.

FIXTURES

Fixtures that are easy to open, strong and soft-closing make a beautiful and practical kitchen.

  • Avoid high fixtures which are difficult to reach for the people in wheelchairs
    or the elderly.
  • Provide drawers with D-shaped handles or with a blum_box1267_2pull-out system. Not only are these easier to use for people with restricted hand function but also when you have things in your hands. For example, the Blum electronic opening support system SERVO-DRIVE allows you to push with your knee and easily open your drawers and they close again softly and effortlessly with integrated dampening.
  • Flat benches allow people with reduced mobility to easily and safely slide hot pots and pans from the stovetop to the bench or sink.
  • The drawers that allow people in wheelchairs to see inside are also beneficial for the vertically challenged. To overcome this, Blum drawers have the option to put “glass” on the sides and the front, it is very effective! Everyone can see inside the drawers and know quickly and effortlessly where something is.

THE DETAIL

  • Use slip resistant flooring: water, oil and all kinds of ingredients are often spilt. This can make the floor slippery, so slip resistance is important for improved safety.
  • Consider a lever tap as a hygienic option. Lever taps can be operated with minimal hand contact, or even an elbow. This is particularly helpful for users with arthritis.
  • Think about colour contrasting. For the elderly or those with visual impairments, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the different surfaces. To avoid any risk of burns or mistakes, think about highlighting the important elements.
  • Accessories can also help with storage. For example, the Blum plate holder allows a person with restricted hand function to easily grab a single plate or a stack of plates. This enables anyone, no matter what their age or ability, to set the table. In addition, the Blum ORGA-LINE for TANDEMBOX makes it a breeze to slide the cutlery out of its space. This is thanks to the well-designed rounded edges. This is again particularly helpful to those with restricted hand function.
  • Where possible, place items such as the microwave and oven at the bench height, this will reduce the need to bend down or stand on tippy toes to access. It also enables people to slide things along the benchtop.

With just a few changes in your kitchen you can make life a whole lot easier for all. Think about it!
If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at media@lifemark.co.nz or visit our website.

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