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Aging in Place  /  July 2, 2019

4 Trending Aging-In-Place Kitchen Improvements

According to a recent survey conducted by Houzz, more and more homeowners are looking to invest in “aging in place” home improvements. In this blog, Handyman Connection® of Orange County shares trending kitchen improvements that can make your home more accessible for seniors.

  1. Narrow the Gap In the Work Triangle — The kitchen work triangle consists of the refrigerator, sink and stove. As a general rule, every point of this triangle should be between four and nine feet away from the other points. Nine feet may not seem a lot now, but as you age, that distance becomes more difficult to cross. Every step counts, especially when you’re lifting a full pot of cooked pasta to the sink. When planning your kitchen remodel, close the distance between the points in your triangle down to two or three paces and shuffle other kitchen components around as needed. Make sure you’re comfortable with the distance and that your workspace isn’t too cramped.

  1. Choose a Shallow Sink — A shallow sink may reduce the capacity of the unit, but it can help minimize the strain on your back from reaching into the sink every time. Cleaning and maintaining the sink is also much easier when you don’t have to bend forward too much.

  1. Install a Pull-Out Pantry — An overhead pantry maximizes vertical storage space, but as you age, you may need to rethink how you’ll be using your kitchen. Installing a pull-out pantry makes it easier to access this often-used storage space, leaving the overhead kitchen cabinets for storing items you don’t often use. With a pull-out pantry, it’s also easier to add new items to the pantry and remove the old ones.

  1. Replace Sharp Corners With Rounded Edges — Tables, countertops and corner shelves have hard-angled corners that can create a hazard as you age. These edges can be reshaped or replaced with rounded edges.

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