VIDEO: Wheelchair Accessibility in the Kitchen

Clinical Expertise

Jun 22, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Sylvie Martin, OTR/L
Last Updated: June 2, 2021

Video Transcript

Hi, and welcome to the Brooks Kitchen Safety Series.

My name is Sylvie, and I am an occupational therapist at Brooks Rehabilitation.

Today, we’re going to talk about wheelchair accessibility in the kitchen.

So here are a few tips.

Work surface.

Typical countertops are 36 inches high. To be able to work efficiently at wheelchair level, countertops should be at 34 inches.

Kitchen sink.

You want to have clearance under the sink to allow the wheelchair to go underneath.

Kitchen cabinets.

Some ways to adapt them is to our upper cabinets and install plot shelves to make it more convenient to reach.


Stove top with controls at the front helps prevent from reaching across hot burners.

Ask your occupational therapist for more suggestions about adapting your kitchen to be more wheelchair friendly.

For more healthy living tips, visit our YouTube Playlist.

Medical Reviewer

Sylvie Martin, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
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