In kitchens that residents will
use as part of community center programs, the design must follow the same
rules that govern the design of kitchens in dwelling units.
In a U-shaped
kitchen the counter edge
at the rear end blocks the completion of
Also, to have a parallel approach
to appliances and fixtures, more than
is needed. Thus, a larger clearance is
needed between opposing
fixtures in a U-shaped kitchen.
A galley kitchen
with a dead end would
not be considered a U-shaped kitchen
because there is no counter at
The required knee clearances at the
counters would allow people who use
wheelchairs to turn around with no
Is the clearance between all opposing cabinet, counter, appliances or walls at least 40
inches except in U-shaped kitchens where the clearance must be 60 inches?
Is there 30 x 48 inches clear space at appliances? (see Figure 1)
Use other survey form to
determine whether or not this
space has the necessary features.to meet the requirements for the design of the kitchen
This kitchen layout is better than the
one to the right because there is
more maneuvering room in the cafeteria
Does the food service
line have a minimum clear width of 36"?
Kitchens that are staffed by
employees or volunteers are
workplaces, not public
accommodations. They fall
under Title I of the ADA,
Employment. The ADA requires
that spaces in workplaces be
accessible in terms of entry and
access to electrical
controls, windows and doors.
Equipment, fixtures and
stations could be adapted
if needed as a "workplace
Is there an accessible path of travel into the kitchen?