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Simple changes with a wheelchair in mind.

Is it possible to adapt an ordinary kitchen so it's workable for a cook who uses a wheelchair? Terry and Will Moore made some simple, inexpensive changes that allow Mrs. Moore to work easily and efficiently in their Portland kitchen.

The biggest change is the addition of an 18-inch-deep, 36-inch-high sideboard near the kitchen. It provides storage for large platters, glassware, and linen, all within easy reach. At 80 inches long, it's handy for buffet-style entertaining.

Attached to the kitchen end of the sideboard is a 20- by 40-inch laminate-topped counter, where Mrs. Moore can use a cutting board. The surface is 29 inches high and has an open area underneath, allowing comfortable use while seated.

"It's useful for anyone wanting space in the kitchen for working and sitting at the same time," Mrs. Moore says. " Remember when kitchens had tables where you could sit and shell peas?"

The lowered work area has electrical outlets for a food processor and other appliances. Seasonings are within reach in a low rack at the end of the original kitchen cabinets.
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Title Annotation:kitchen cabinets designs for those who use a wheelchair
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Date:Sep 1, 1987
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