Ultimate Italian-made accessible kitchenApr 18 07:06
I've seen some gorgeous accessible kitchens in my day. Beautiful, custom kitchens to lust after with cut-outs under the counter tops for plenty of knee space, huge slabs of granite cut-out to fit the countertops perfectly, stainless steel appliances with bottom loading freezers and pull-out shelves to reach things easier.
But going from point A, a completely inaccessible kitchen to point B, a fully accessible kitchen where everything is thought of from top to bottom, usually takes a qualified ADA building expert or some kind of universal accessible consultant. And if you don't hire one of these people, the likelihood of forgetting an accessible feature is almost guaranteed.
That is why I am completely in love with the Skyline Lab Kitchen, a wheelchair accessible kitchen made by Italian kitchen manufacturer, Snaidero. This kitchen is sold as a complete piece, like a mobile home! Have a completely empty room that's going to be your kitchen? The Skyline Lab Kitchen can make your kitchen accessible faster than a 10 man construction crew working around the clock. Only Europeans would've thought of something so easy.
Instead of going through your kitchen installing one thing and another, hoping it’ll come together, the Skyline Lab Kitchen does the thinking for you. The main focus of the kitchen is the curved countertop that has a roll-under stove top in the center. The countertop is completely open underneath, with the sink to the direct left of the stove making it easy for transferring pots from the stove to the sink.
To make cooking as easy as possible, it includes two open spinning countertop racks, that look like Lazy Susan's, that are meant for glassware and spices. And there's a rolling trash can and a rolling spinning shelving unit that are also strategically placed underneath the main length of countertop. In addition to the amazing countertop, sink and stove, the kitchen comes with custom wall shelving, which is really the cupboards for the kitchen that open like doors, which after you open, the shelves can be pulled out for easy access. Amazingly smart!
To see how the kitchen actually works in real life, Snaidero has created a video of their kitchen showing a wheelchair-user fully immersed in it, cooking and entertaining away. Watch the bright and shiny, Ikea-like kitchen for yourself (put it on mute. bad music/no need for audio anyways) below!
Visit the official site: Snaidero Skyline Lab Kitchen
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.