Inclusive Living by Häfele
The term ‘inclusive’ has evolved significantly since Häfele began helping people make the most of their home environment 100 years ago. The understanding that people themselves are not disabled, but that environments are disabling, has changed the focus to design that creates accessibility for all. This means that no longer is the focus solely on wheelchair users, but incorporates design to support those with visual, sensory, motor, neurological or cognitive impairments for example, as well as supporting future-proofing of environments that can maximise independent activity in the long-term.
Therefore, it is not often that a ‘one size fits all’ design will facilitate a truly inclusive design package. It is important to understand the customer, their specific design needs and how they engage in activity. Häfele’s Inclusive Living range brings together a collection of high-quality products and components that support this inclusive value, from height adjusting and space generating, through to creation of colour contrast and task lighting packages.
Häfele also understands the importance of aesthetics, with customers wanting design options that suit their personal choice and personality rather than clinical and sterile, therefore the collection delivers products that are stylish, whilst meeting the needs of the individual and the environment in which they live, work, or engage in.
Häfele offer a wide range of handles, knobs, and profile systems to meet all design, aesthetic, and functional needs. It is important to consider the customer’s needs, how they access fixtures such as cupboards or appliances and whether they have any fine motor difficulties which mean they their grip, or grip strength is limited.
Although appearance is important, not considering the personal, client-centred needs renders the space inaccessible and unfit for purpose.
Häfele’s range facilitates inclusive design and empowers users to remain active and independent, whilst still keeping your cabinets looking beautiful.
Sliding & Folding Door solutions
Traditional hung doors can sometimes be difficult to manoeuvre through, especially for wheelchair users, due to the back and forth movement required to open. Sliding doors can help to eliminate this challenge by sliding to create a completely clear opening – allowing for quick and easy access from room to room.
In addition to this, sliding and pocket door systems take up around 1270 mm less operating space per door and so can create more usable space as well as an unobstructed entrance. Upgrading to an automated sliding door system can also offer many benefits for access with doors opening at the push of a button, remote control or motion sensor.
When specifying any sliding doors always be aware of where the track sits as this can create a threshold that may be difficult to pass over or be a potential trip hazard. Opting for a top track may eliminate this issue.
Worktops & Splashbacks
Contrast the worktops with cabinet doors and handles to enable people to locate themselves within their surroundings and avoid accidental injury from edges
Keep this in mind when selecting doors, worktops, floor and wall colourings as it can help to ease navigation further by having a high contrast. Bear in mind that as we age, people experience colour in a more washed-out perspective and find blues, greens and purples harder to identify
Remember lighting can play an important role in how different colours and combinations of colours are seen and experienced so keep this in mind as you design
Sinks & Taps
Whether you are looking for a classic ceramic or functional stainless steel sink, we have something stunning to suit your latest kitchen design, then compliment it with one of our kitchen taps. We have a wide range including mixer taps, single levers, pull out sprayers, hot and filtered water taps.
Always consider assessing the needs of the individual often in the context of a multiuser family home when choosing a tap to suit everyone’s needs, for example a hot tap makes it easier and safer to make a hot drink and ready to drink filtered water make keeping refreshed an easy task.