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How to Use the Principles of Universal Design in Your Home

Universal Design is not new to interior designers, however universal design is probably the next big interior design trend for homeowners. 

Over the past 20 years, there have been many strides made to make interiors more accessible for those in wheelchairs or those who have other physical limitations. 

Universal design takes accessible design one step further. Why can't interior design and architecture accommodate everyone of all ages, sizes, and abilities? 

Why can't homes be built to accommodate everyone without having to be retrofitted?

 

Tips and Tricks for How to Use the Principles of Universal Design in Your Homephoto courtesy of star-one sxc.hu/photo/300688Interiors are changing to be able to accommodate more of the population through universal design. 

Kitchen countertops are coming in different heights that would allow someone to cook while seated or allow a child to help cook. 

There are more ramps being used instead of stairs which allows access for those in wheelchairs and those without the strength to climb stairs. 

Doors are available in heights taller than the standard to accommodate people who are taller than average. 

Door levers and automatic door openers are being used to help those who do not have the strength to turn a door knob or push a door open. 

Many sink faucets are now motion activated, which allows people to use the faucet who may not have the strength or arm length to turn the knob.

Doorways are wider to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, large wheeled luggage, and other items.  The list goes on.......

 

Be on the lookout for universal design solutions, which are basically better ways to solve interior problems that would accommodate the young and old, mobile and immobile, tall and short, and everyone in between.

What can you do to your home now to make it more accessible for everyone.

If you are building a new home, what can you modify in your home's design to make it more functional for everyone, including yourself as you get older.

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