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We're always looking for new ways to save space and add some breathing room to our home. Fortunately, many of the concepts of Better Living Design apply to home organization and storage. Storage systems can be built to adapt and adjust to changing lifestyles, ages and abilities. Remember that many of these adaptations are suitable for children's rooms as well.
Providing ease of use for all occupants of the home is one of the major tenets of Better Living Design. To achieve this, whether in the kitchen, bath, laundry room or closet:
Place clothing rods and shelves at eye level for easy viewing and access by wheelchair. By using adjustable-height closet components, you can change the configuration as needed. The best measurements are from 3' to 5'5" high. Pull-down closet rods can also aid in accessibility.
Use lever-style or d-shaped door handles for easy opening.
Incorporate easy-to-handle cabinet hardware. Handles that are d-shaped are easier for users with limited hand strength.
For pantries, full-length shelves allow access for wheelchair users and maximize your storage space. Lazy Susan's in corner cabinets will also make the best use of available storage area and allow simpler access to items. Use pullout shelves wherever possible.