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    Does Ikea make accessible kitchens?

    Last week a friend took me to an Ikea for my first time. Interesting stuff. I was wondering if they make wheelchair accessible kitchens. I can't get through their phone tree and getting them online hasn't worked either. Does anyone know? It'd mean a lot to me if I could just get under the sink to wash the dishes instead of coming in sideways and sitting on the edge. Those extending pull-down shelves are pretty neat too but that would be icing on the cake.

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    Not specifically, but you can find a shallow sink to use with their counters and just exclude some typical cabinet finishings under the sink area to create a roll-under area.

    My apartment building is full of Ikea stuff. Our kitchen cabinets and counters are from Ikea, but the sink & faucet aren't.

    In other words, it's fine to mix & match.

    Check out KraftMaid too. It's a bit pricier, but they've got some great stuff: http://www.kraftmaid.com/learn/universal-design/

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    Wow, Kraftmaid is access porn. Drool. Having seen what's possible I really want a kitchen like that. I want a home like that. I will have to start small but thank you for giving me some great ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grommet View Post
    Wow, Kraftmaid is access porn. Drool. Having seen what's possible I really want a kitchen like that. I want a home like that. I will have to start small but thank you for giving me some great ideas.
    My wife has a bunch of ideas on Pinterest too. Check out her boards: http://pinterest.com/sarahpruett

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    This is great, I'm looking over all the pictures and seeing some great ideas. The idea keeps goming back to me that if you're going to be disabled, it helps to be rich. It would be such a feeling of freedom to not have to fight my home everyday. I can't do one thing that doesn't require strategy and feeling pretty worn out after a while. Oh to be able to roll under a sink. :-)

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    Remember doing significant adaptations to your kitchen/home can have a dramatic negative impact on resale value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grommet View Post
    This is great, I'm looking over all the pictures and seeing some great ideas. The idea keeps goming back to me that if you're going to be disabled, it helps to be rich. It would be such a feeling of freedom to not have to fight my home everyday. I can't do one thing that doesn't require strategy and feeling pretty worn out after a while. Oh to be able to roll under a sink. :-)
    Pinterest is full of high-end custom stuff, because the everyday stuff is boring, and no one shares boring stuff. Don't get caught up in the "I need to be rich" mindset. Sure, it helps, but you can still live comfortably if you're not wealthy. I do.

    You can do a roll-under inexpensively. This is basically what all the bathrooms look like in my apartment building (this one isn't mine). It's a granite countertop secured to the wall, with an Ikea leg as support on the corner. It's super functional for wheelers, though one has to be creative with storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monoski View Post
    Remember doing significant adaptations to your kitchen/home can have a dramatic negative impact on resale value.
    That's a good point, not being a homeowner I hadn't thought about that. I do remember seeing a dwarf couple on tv designing their new home from the ground up and that point being made that unless they got another dwarf couple to buy, this home wasn't going to sell so they better plan on staying. I think Universal design can get you pretty far as far as wheelchair access goes though. I am trying to come up with solutions for my apartment. The landlord once said that if I paid for the work, it was okay with her. I would still get a very firm okay before I went ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -scott- View Post
    Pinterest is full of high-end custom stuff, because the everyday stuff is boring, and no one shares boring stuff. Don't get caught up in the "I need to be rich" mindset. Sure, it helps, but you can still live comfortably if you're not wealthy. I do.

    You can do a roll-under inexpensively. This is basically what all the bathrooms look like in my apartment building (this one isn't mine). It's a granite countertop secured to the wall, with an Ikea leg as support on the corner. It's super functional for wheelers, though one has to be creative with storage.
    Thanks for the link to Pinterest, I hadn't seen the site before. I never thought that just wanting to get under the sink while washing dishes would be something I'd want like a kid wants a Christmas present. Staying in my chair to brush my teeth in the bathroom just seems like too much luxory to hope for but I will dream ;-)

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    Also check out Houzz.com
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