The Inclusive Kitchen: Universal Design Improves Quality of Life

A bright, white kitchen with light grey cabinets, stainless steel appliances, layered lighting, and white countertops displaying a potted plant, open book, two bowls of fruit, utensils and two blue pots.

Universal design is intended to improve the quality of life for all users, regardless of age or ability. When applied to the kitchen, these principles should ensure safety, efficiency, and comfort. The term was first coined in the 1970s by architect and disability rights advocate Ronald Mace. Since then, universal design practice has been rising steadily due to its inclusion in…