As discussed in “How to draw more natural light into your kitchen, there are a number of ways that floor to ceiling cabinets can change a kitchen. While it’s hard to argue the advantages they offer, it’s important to understand how best to use them. You see, placing items too high or too low can be hazardous to your health.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In our quest to live in beautiful homes, it’s easy to overlook safety and function. The best home design incorporates both. This is the goal of Universal Design (UD) which adapts homes to everyone’s capabilities without sacrificing appearance.

When it comes to cabinetry, it’s important to minimize the number of times you have to reach up or bend down to retrieve items, especially those used most often. Not only inconvenient, it can put you off balance. This might seem counterintuitive to floor to ceiling cabinets… but there’s no reason not to have them.

The following tips show the best ways to access all your kitchen cabinets:

  • Store frequently used items where it’s most convenient – preferably from waist to shoulder height.
  • Light weight items are best stored on top and bottom shelves.
  • Medium weight items should be kept between knee and eye levels.
  • Heavier items should be stored between mid-thigh and shoulder height.

These guidelines help homeowners retrieve everything they need quickly and easily without challenging their balance. It’s one reason why Universal Design is gaining momentum.

But here’s the best part.

Well designed homes built and remodeled with Universal Design principles are beautiful, therefore, you don’t have to hesitate to enhance your kitchen with floor to ceiling cabinets. With the right design, you can take advantage of maximum storage that’s safe, functional and stylish all wrapped up in one.