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Start by considering carefully who you are designing for, which features they currently struggle with and what they feel would benefit them.

Then research suitable products, bearing in mind that the way you normally approach a kitchen design and the products you often specify may well not be suitable. Even something as simple as the choice of handle may make a significant difference to a less able person.

Will the area you are designing also be used by other people? If so, what are their needs? It’s so important to ensure the end design works well for everybody.

Although functionality is of prime importance, the design must still be appealing, taking current trends, styles and colours into consideration.

Technology will undoubtedly be important, too. Depending on your customer’s budget, the latest electrical gadgets such as motion technology could be very important, for example, to control lighting and sounds remotely.
 
For further inspiration on designing a disabled access space, view the Kbsa website>>

We’ve a couple of product suggestions for you:

BLUM SERVO DRIVE:
SERVO-DRIVE is an electrical drive opening support system for drawers and pull-outs. By combining this feature with BLUMOTION, for a silent and effortless closing action, new levels of motion quality have been created. Users will be amazed by the ease of use, quality and freedom of motion.

SERVO-DRIVE Flex can be used with any standard integrated refrigerator, combination fridge/freezer, freezer or dishwasher. Simple to assemble, it is installed in four easy steps and, thanks to plug and play, does not require a qualified electrician. There are flexible options to suit the differing requirements of each appliance type as well as built-in features such as automatic self-closing and lean protection. Lean protection enables the system to differentiate between short pressing actions and longer leaning actions, preventing the accidental triggering of the opening system.

WESCO Pullboy Z with SERVO-DRIVE UNO:
SERVO-DRIVE UNO allows you to combine the WESCO soft closing Pullboy Z waste bin with the electrical drive opening support of the BLUM SERVO-DRIVE. You may not have SERVO-DRIVE in the rest of the kitchen as this may be outside your customer’s budget, but you could make life a little bit easier by adding it to their waste bin to enable a hands-free opening system.

  

PEKA Pegasus:
No Shelf Too High - The Pegasus lift system for wall units provides easy access to items that may be stored in high cupboards. It takes minimum effort as all the weight is supported by the mechanism, making it a real joy to use. The pull-down handle makes it easy to pull the contents of the cupboard down to a height that is easy to view. Furthermore, with the ability to hold up to 20KG, Pegasus provides plenty of usable and stable storage space.

PEKA Magic Corner:
Creating a barrier free kitchen or living space. The PEKA Magic Corner Comfort makes use of those awkward corner cupboards by bring the contents out of the corner cabinet allowing easy access. No more peering around that corner cupboard or foraging around at the back hoping you might find the item you are looking for. With a height adjustable handle, it makes light work of pulling and pushing the mechanism in and out of the cupboard. With the addition of soft close it also has the benefit of a silent, free flowing motion.

  

Lighting:
With dimmer controllers, door sensors and colour changing remotes, the options are endless when it comes to lighting. The benefit of our LED lighting range from Leyton Lighting is that it is energy efficient and there are types that can be safely installed into humid environments but still have the same great design features. The range also enables you to create sensory environments and set lighting levels to the individual’s needs.
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Make the most of limited storage space and let the PEKA Kitchen Tower can be your own ‘personal toolbox’.

Peka are a dynamic, independent manufacturing and trading company with an in-depth and hard-won knowledge of the kitchen trade. They have certainly thought of everything with the new Kitchen tower.

In the two most popular colours, white and anthracite, the PEKA Kitchen Tower is available to fit both 450mm and 600mm base cabinets and comprises a flexible storage system for the interior offering a better use of space than conventional drawers. With easy access from three sides and above, and a clear view of all contents, Kitchen Tower is designed to accommodate all shapes and sizes whilst making excellent use of awkward spaces. The tiered storage comprises an upper level of plastic trays with adjustable dividers for smaller items and a four-section spice dispenser with transparent lid. The lower level has a non-slip mat and is ideal for large items such as tall bottles and pans which can be separated using the magnetic dividers. There is also clip-on side storage for large and small chopping boards.



Offering famous Swiss quality and innovation the Peka Kitchen Tower makes use of those awkward spaces and is practical down to the last detail.

Every kitchen is full of utensils, cookware, dishes, cutlery and spices that are only used occasionally. We tend to use the same utensils and ingredients day to day. Wouldn't it be practical if we could store them all in the same cupboard? The Kitchen Tower is the perfect solution!



Work efficiently, cook efficiently, have your most used kitchen tools right at your fingertips.

To find out more about the Peka Kitchen tower, you can view them on our website >>
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LDL is celebrating all things PEKA during March with National PEKA Month, a month long promotion including special offers, display incentives, free gifts and the opportunity to win a luxury weekend for two in Switzerland.
 
LDL, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, is the sole UK agent and distributor for PEKA, the Swiss manufacturer of a comprehensive range of innovative wirework storage solutions and accessories.
 
As well as special promotions, LDL will also be introducing a series of brand new products from this leading international manufacturer during March.
 
For further information on National PEKA month, please visit the http://www.ldlonline.co.uk
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LDL Components Ltd is extending its range of handles with the introduction of a handmade collection of classic knobs and handles by Italian manufacturer Giara Art Design.
 
Aimed at high-end furniture manufacturers, the hand-crafted collection of elegant, classically styled handles is made in the Italian province of Bresica, an area with an impressive heritage in metal craftsmanship.
 
LDL is offering nine styles, all made from Britannium, a silver-coloured alloy with an authentic, antique appearance pleasing to the touch. To present the Giara collection to potential customers, a display board is available to order at the subsidised price of only £29.99 ex VAT.
 
LDL, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, offers an extensive stock of both contemporary and traditional handles, which is continually updated to reflect current trends and innovations in the sector.

The company is also able to offer customers a very flexible service in that there is no minimum order quantity so boxes may be split without any surcharge.  In addition, LDL is pleased to use its superior knowledge of the market to source specific handles for both large and small furniture manufacturers alike.

 
 
Speed of delivery is another feature of LDL’s service with next day nationwide delivery standard for all orders received by 4pm. The company is also able to offer a ‘just in time’ delivery service for volume manufacturers, improving supply chain management.
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This shocking statistic comes from an article by BLUM on the new K&B Network website.

It’s a terrible thought that over half of new kitchen owners are disappointed with the lack of storage.

Chances are they focused too much on the look of the kitchen rather than the actual day-to-day functioning.

Although this is probably quite understandable on the part of the consumer, it is where the knowledgeable retailer can not only help but also ultimately increase the order value of the kitchen sale by highlightingng and demonstrating the many storage solutions available.



Under expert advice is this piece from BLUM:

http://79.170.44.97/kb-network.co.uk/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&layout=listings&id=27&Itemid=20

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Delve into the world of BLUM  through their consumer magazine – Kitchen Inspirations – where you will find the BLUM principles of workflow, space and motion translated into practical advice for kitchen planning.

The magazine contains a whole series of international lifestyle features that demonstrate how BLUM products can transform each and every kitchen ranging from the most luxurious through to a compact 5 sq metre kitchen in China and a busy restaurant in Switzerland.

Practical tips from experts abound with advice right from the very early planning stages.

The restaurant chef neatly sums it up when he says ‘It’s all so incredibly practical’.

http://www.blum.com/magazine/

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Possible the most useful and definitely the best-looking kitchen product

According to freelance interiors writer Hayley Gilbert, her top three most useful items in the kitchen start with her kettle, not just any kettle but the bright blue Kenwood jug kettle from the kMix range to be precise.

Hayley is commenting on news that The Royal Society has just named the fridge as the most significant invention in the history of food and drink:

http://www.thekitchenthenthink.co.uk/kitchen-products/the-importance-of-being-useful

Whilst not disputing this, Hayley then puts forward her own top three. We certainly agree with the stunning kettle at number one and possibly the slow cooker but some of us will have to agree to differ on number three – Marmite!

Meanwhile, don’t forget that as well as bright blue you can have your kettle in the following fabulous colours:

Raspberry, Almond, Peppercorn, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Bright Yellow, Bright Magenta.

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Fabulous though these futuristic kitchens are, they sadly won’t fit unobtrusively into the average British home and will definitely be beyond the pocket of most.

Modified versions will no doubt filter down into mainstream kitchens in years to come but meanwhile fitted kitchens, albeit it minimalist and possibly handleless , are still the best solution for making the most of the average kitchen space.  

A new kitchen is a big expenditure for everyone and few people have the courage and budget to be truly ground-breaking in their approach. It is, however, easy to personalise a new or even existing kitchen with vibrant accessories from the kMix and Wesco ranges.

http://www.thekitchenthink.co.uk/design/to-design


http://kitchendesigntank.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/counterweighted-equilibrium.html

 

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http://kitchendesigntank.blogspot.co.uk/

What an undeniably fab kitchen but one line of the write-up particularly caught my eye:

‘the removal of low level cabinetry also allows items to be stored within an ergonomically efficient hot zone.’

Whilst this is certainly true it also means you have to have the best ever internal storage solutions to store everything you need in the kitchen but can’t possibly have on display. This kitchen demands a complete lack of clutter so behind those sleek surfaces there must be hidden storage gems offering efficient and user-friendly solutions that also maximise the available space.

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We were delighted to welcome the PEKA tour bus and many key customers to our headquarters in Bath last week and our Distribution Centre in Glossop this week.

This mobile display unit is fitted with all the latest PEKA storage innovations for the kitchen and bathroom, including the new Libell range which is exclusive to LDL in the UK.
 
After visiting us, the tour bus set off on a nationwide tour of the UK aiming to visit around six customers per day.
 
The bus offered us the perfect opportunity to present the PEKA range in person to both local and national customers and we were very pleased indeed with the enthusiastic response from everyone, particularly to the Libell range.
 
Previewed at kbb 2012, Libell is a new and unique storage concept combining the superior PEKA mechanism with stylish drawer and door interior solutions formed from a single piece of sheet metal.

The full launch of the Libell range will take place later in the year.
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