Refrigerator/Preparation Center Tips[ ] Give preference to side-by-side or French door refrigerators since they place both refrigerated and frozen sections at an easily accessible height. [ ] Consider quick access doors to eliminate having to open the unit entirely making it easier to access most used items. [ ] Choose ice’n’water dispensers in the door as they require less hand strength and coordination. [ ] Consider refrigerator drawers in multiple locations, placing more storage within the reach of most cooks. [ ] Install a built-in jar opener for people with arthritis or less strength in their hands. [ ] Install plug strips at a convenient location to eliminate a potential long reach for those with limited mobility. [ ] Block out base cabinets to increase counter depth and keep most used items on counter, in tambours at the back to create easy access. [ ] Vary work counter heights, or include a pull out work surface at a lower height. [ ] Plan an open knee space or a lowered pull-out work surface next to the refrigerator for seated users (better to plan this across from a side by side or French door model). [ ] Use a minimum 180 degree door swing for best access.
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