Recently, I ran across an interior design column responding to a reader's question concerning her mother's ability to reach kitchen cabinets. The author provided the reader several options, including lowering the height of the cabinets and using vertical pullout cabinets so she could reach the contents inside.

After reading the column, it occurred to me that the promotion of universal design has taken a backseat to the green movement. Whereas, years ago many companies were touting the universal design of their products, now the buzzwords are "green" and "sustainable."

Because of our aging boomer population, the need for cabinetry that addresses mobility issues is still important. Since we've seen an uptick in remodeling projects, I'm wondering if we'll see a blast from the past with more cabinetmakers promoting the universal design angle?

What are your thoughts?


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