When making a kitchen wheelchair accessible, one goal is to make upper cabinet storage reachable. This can be done with lower mounted cabinet and shelves that can swing down. For a more dramatic effect, the entire cabinet can also mechanically lowered. Freedom Lift Systems is a North American company that makes cabinet lifting mechanisms and other kitchen lift products.
For that dramatic scene of lowering entire upper cabinets, Freedom Lift Systems offers the Diago. This mechanism lowers the upper cabinets down and out towards the user in a steady curved motion. The Diago is mounted to the wall and to the back of the cabinets. Single cabinets or entire sections can be made to lower. Cabinets can be lowered up to 17 inches down and 9 inches out. Control buttons are mounted at the front of the counter or on the side of another cabinet. A remote control is also available. Diago is a nice option for accessible cabinets that doesn’t involve reaching and keeps the look of the cabinet interiors.
The other accessible cabinet mechanism offered by Freedom Lift Systems is the Verti. This mechanism lowers the interior shelves of the cabinet straight down to the counter level. Controls are mounted the same way as the Diago. The Verti is ideal for modifying existing cabinets because the installation is quick and easy. Just remove the interior shelves and attach the cabinet bottom to the bottom of the Verti.
Watch The Motion
Both the Diago and Verti are excellent options that can make upper cabinets wheelchair accessible. To see a video of these mechanisms in action, click on this link. For more on Freedom Lift Systems and their other products visit their website at www.FreedomLiftSystems.com.