What is Universal Design?

Today I want to discuss the term "universal design." For many, this term comes up when somebody resells their home. They want their home and space to appeal to everyone, whether they are 90 years old in a wheelchair or a toddler who is just learning how to walk. These spaces have to be convenient for everyone, while also being aesthetically pleasing.

Universal design is simply a concept. Many people are requesting to have their homes have universal design elements. In essence, this means grab bars in the bathroom or showers large enough for wheelchair access. This also means drawers that are easier to reach and open.

Many cabinet lines have become powerhouses in terms of universal design. Brands such as KraftMaid, Wellborn, Woodland and Quality have pages of cabinet accessories made for everyone. They have step stools, pull out shelves, lazy susans, pull-out tables and cutting boards, making life in the kitchen easy and accessible for everyone.

In terms of bathrooms, Delta (a line we carry) has touch faucets, detachable shower heads with easy grips and also shower heads that show the temperature.

Of course there are hundreds of ways a home can be universally designed.

While we've come very far in terms of universal design, we still have ways to go. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the need for such design will be vital. For now though, what is your favorite that you have discovered?

Universally Yours,


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