6 Ways to Make Your Home ADA-Friendly

Posted on Monday May 21, 2018 at 02:49PM in Tips

Most homes are typically not ADA-compliant to begin with, so custom features usually need to be added. We’re listing the most common additions that provide convenience for every homeowner.


  1. Pull-Down Shelving Systems

Pull-down systems for upper cabinetry, offered by Rev-A-Shelf, make hard-to-reach items more accessible. Everything stored in a cabinet can be brought down to a comfortable height.


  1. Sink Access

Attaching ADA-compliant toe kick brackets to the bottom of your cabinet doors or access panel creates wheelchair access to the sink area without altering the look of your cabinetry. The cabinet doors underneath the sink area will blend in with the rest of your cabinets but actually have an open space behind them.


  1. Placement of Appliances

The microwave may be one of the most used appliances, so it could be helpful to move it lower. Many people place their microwaves in the lower counter area, whether it’s in the island or next to a larger appliance.


  1. Lower Counters

Having lower countertops provides access to more areas, especially in the kitchen, where it can make food prep easier. If there are others living in the home, you can have regular height countertops that lower when needed.


  1. Cabinet Pullouts/Inserts

Cabinet pullout systems are homeowner favorites for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. You can find pullouts for the bottom cabinetry area, such as blind corner storage, pull-out spice racks, or even pull-out organizers for hair tools. You may even consider having drawers in your lower cabinet area rather than shelves.


  1. Built-In Ironing Board

Products like Iron-A-Way and Rev-A-Shelf’s pull-out ironing board make daily tasks more doable. Iron-A-Way’s UD-42 model meets universal design requirements for accessibility and can be used sitting or standing.