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:

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.

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.


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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From now until Stock lasts , you can save up to 40% on two of the most popular built-in waste bins from Wesco.
The Wesco Shorty is designed to fit 500 and 60mm width cabinets, it has two separate compartments and can hold up to 30 litres. During the promotion, the Wesco Shorty will be offered at £34.99, a saving of 30%.
Also on offer is the Wesco Big Boy, the 64 litre bin for 400mm width cabinets. The special promotional price for this large capacity bin is £59.99, representing a 40% discount.
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Introducing the Wesco Spice Grinder you’ll still be using in 200 years’ time!
Wesco’s new spice grinder can be used for salt, pepper, dried herbs, spice blends, etc. It’s equipped with a high quality CrushGrind® mill made from high-tech ceramic which is harder than steel and extremely durable. This is a chemically inert material so it’s ideal for processing foodstuff.
The easy to clean mill has an adjusting wheel for setting the coarseness of grinding and the coloured metal cap removes so that acrylic container at the bottom can be filled easily. The cap protects the grinder from dust and dirt.

Available in a wide range of colours, CrushGrind® has passed a durability test equal to an incredible 200 year of normal household use. In fact, the manufacturers of the CrushGrind®   mechanism are so confident in its quality that they offer a 25 year guarantee on the ceramic parts inside.

Additional Information
Height: 160mm
Diameter: 60mm


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Kitchen accessories from the LDL range play a starring role in a contemporary kitchen makeover in this month’s edition of Ideal Home magazine.
The stylish stainless steel Wesco butter dish with white lid can be seen gracing the table in this stylish kitchen diner while on the facing page of this double page spread, the elegant kMix jug kettle and toaster in black can be spotted.

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Celebrity Wesco Pushboy makes yet another appearance on primetime television!
Not content with its starring role in the recent Juan Sheet commercial, the Wesco Pushboy was spotted on television again this morning.

Today’s appearance saw the bright orange version of the classic Wesco Pushboy (50L) waste bin taking a colour-coordinated role in Lorraine’s kitchen as an Asian turkey soup was prepared.
Whatever your kitchen style or colour, there’s a Wesco bin solution to match.


Apparently, there are some who would consider this massive price tag a good investment, according to this article in yesterday’s Guardian.


It seems sophisticated kitchen gadgets are the new status symbol among the rich and famous although, as the author reports, the science is so precise, any culinary blunders will be entirely down to you as opposed to your equipment.

I think there are probably parallels here with the fashion industry. While none of us ordinary mortals will be spending nearly £12,000 on a blast chiller any time soon, modified (and much cheaper) versions of some of these technological breakthroughs will no doubt filter there way down to us in the future.

Meanwhile, for quality, performance and colour with an affordable price tag, see our kMix range:


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Great to see a fantastic three page spread on the new Interiors 12 showroom in Reading in this month’s edition of kbbreview.
Run by an enthusiastic and ambitious team, the 5,000 sq ft showrooom contains a fabulous range of inspirational room sets.

Particularly eye-cathing and a real crowd-puller is their quirky American-style diner in bright pink, accessorised with a range of kitchen storage items and gadgets from Wesco’s Living Colours Collection in Pink, available exclusively in the UK from LDL. 

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Founded as a family company in 1867, Westermann & Co can look back on 145 years of company history.

Today, the Wesco brands stands for a combination of exceptional German quality, exclusive design and high tech functionality. Long experience in metal manufacturing and design gives Wesco products their unique appeal.

Soon after its establishment in 1867, the company began to specialise in the processing of metal plates for household goods and the product range has developed continuously ever since.

In the 1920s, Wesco introduced the "ash can" into its product range and then launched its first "pedal” bin.

Today, the range of household goods includes more than 50 waste bins in various designs. Some of these products are modelled on the classic precursors which have inspired the use of classic design elements in the development of modern products.

Wesco design is characterised by the company's long-standing experience with metal as working material. It is this familiarity with the material that enables the company to shape it in a new and exciting way.

Colour is now a key feature of the Wesco product range with the introduction of the Living Colours Collection in 2012. Indeed, the classic Wesco 50 litre swing bin in pillar box red is currently starring in a television commercial –  http://blog.ldlonline.co.uk/BlogDetail/7925/As-seen-on-TV-

Wesco also offers an extensive range of built in kitchen bins including the market leading Pullboy Z, an excellent solution for a large capacity, completely hidden waste bin.

All of these ranges are available from LDL Components either from stock or on a special order basis.


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Sharing top billing with Juan Sheet, the cleaning superhero who repeatedly saves the day on our television screens, is the classic Wesco 50 litre swing bin in pillar box red.
In this latest ad for the super-strong kitchen towel brand Plenty, Juan is faced with restoring a bespattered bin to its former pristine glory.

Needless to say, just one sheet of the paper towel does the trick and the iconic bin is left looking stunning.  

Or as Juan Sheet puts it ‘Now it sparkle like diamond!’

See the  Ad here :    http://www.plenty.co.uk/TVAds/Index/1


Now that the we are all facing tougher economic times it is worth considering value as well as price as all too often you hear the cry of “it’s too expensive” without due consideration of quality. If we take Blum, Peka and Wesco as examples, all LDL core product ranges, they are all premium products designed to give excellent quality and value for money.

Of course you can buy cheaper items but it is worth remembering that if you have to send a fitter out for a second visit because something has broken, any saving that you may have made has been well and truly negated.

Blum didn’t get to be the world leader in door and drawer components without making excellent products. I can honestly say that after 25 years in the industry I can count on the fingers of one hand the problems with an item from Blum, and this can equally be applied to both Wesco and Peka where a problem is rarely encountered.

All of these companies have innovative products, the result of major investment in terms of both time and money, something that the ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’ merchants are never involved with, as they just make a cheap ill performing copy. There is a well known quotation from John Ruskin which may be well over 100 years old but is as true now as it was then.

“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little.

When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

I rest my case!

Adam - Sales Office Manager (LDL Components Ltd)
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