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Have Lupus And In A Wheelchair? 2 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Lupus Friendly

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans that suffer from Lupus. If you are one of these people, you can redesign your kitchen in a way that will make it much easier for you to use. Below are two things you may want to consider.

Roll Out Drawers

Install roll out drawers for all of lower cabinets in your kitchen to make them easier to pull out.

You can purchase roll out drawers at most cabinet shops, or you can install slides on your current drawers. Below are three types you can choose from:

  • Side mount slides: These slides are durable and have a great extension so you can easily see everything in the drawer. They are mounted on the sides of your drawers and are easy to install.
  • Side mount slides: These slides are mounted on the side of the drawers. They are easy to install but do not pull out as far so you will have a more limited view of the drawer's contents.
  • Center mount slides: These slides are mounted below the center of the drawers, and are meant for lightweight contents.

Slides are rated to hold a certain amount of weight, so make sure the slides you choose are strong enough to hold what you will be putting in the drawers.

Lowered Kitchen Countertops

The standard countertop height is 36 inches tall, and this is much too tall for someone that is in a wheelchair. Ask someone to measure while you are sitting in the wheelchair in front of the countertop so you can put the countertop at the exact height you need. The countertop should not be obstructed by any base cabinets to allow you to pull your wheelchair under them.

This would be the perfect time to purchase a new countertop for your kitchen. You have many choices to choose from when it comes to countertops including:

  • Marble: A marble countertop looks beautiful, and works great at working with pastries. This is because it is naturally cool. Marble countertops also look great in a bathroom.
  • Quartz: A quartz countertop is resistant to heat, scratches, acids, and stains. It is available in a wide range of colors, including brown, tan, green, and red.
  • Polished granite: This type of countertop has a durable prep surface that will not scratch easily. It is a natural material, so you will find variations in the pattern.
  • Laminate: Laminate countertops have patterns that resemble wood, quartz, and natural stone. You can find laminate countertops in a wide range of colors from orange, brown, tan, and green.

Making your kitchen lupus friendly will allow you to be much more independent, as well as more comfortable in your kitchen.