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Aug-7-14

Clever Kitchen Ideas — Grab Bar for Accessibility

posted by Kitchen & Bathroom Designer

The owners of this large, open loft see the kitchen as the heart of their home. Randy, the husband, uses a wheelchair much of the time, so accessibility is a prominent feature of the space’s design. To make the kitchen safe and easy to use, a crew from Thomas Jacobson Construction integrated an anodized steel grab bar into the 1-1⁄2-in.-thick island top. The bar’s support tabs were let into and screwed to the first layer of 3⁄4-in.. The second layer, with matching recesses to accommodate the tabs, was then attached.

The bar was set 1-1⁄2 in. from the top’s edge and provides Randy with a comfortable grip. The bar allows Randy to pull himself around the working side of the island, which is particularly useful when one hand is full.

Loft living. The open kitchen in this loft sits adjacent to the living room. Designed for entertaining and for its passionate cooks, the kitchen features an island top that was created with wheelchair accessibility in mind.

Loft living. The open kitchen in this loft sits adjacent to the living room. Designed for entertaining and for its passionate cooks, the kitchen features an island top that was created with wheelchair accessibility in mind.