Accessible U Shaped Kitchen Case Study | Leeds | West Yorkshire

Published: 9 January 2020

An existing dark acacia wood kitchen that had been installed approximately 17 years previous was in need of a contemporary kitchen update with a focus on ease of use and accessibility.

Featuring wooden units installed on all four walls the existing space was dark and not well designed. A poor layout and plan presented a number of nooks, crannies and unusable areas which we looked to overcome when creating a more accessible design.

Working closely alongside a brief that concentrated on crafting a ‘bright and airy minimal design that offered plenty of storage with new appliances installed at eye level for ease of use’ Senior Designer, Julie, spent a lot of time on the first design appointment home visit making sure the proposal she put together met all the clients requirements.

Making daily life easier and better utilising the available space Julie proposed using only three of the four kitchen walls for units, with one of them being a tall bank of units that would house the fridge freezer, integrated oven and microwave at eye level for comfortable working. The remaining two walls featured base and wall units alongside deep drawers making everything fully accessible.

The design and layout that was proposed made the kitchen a lot more spacious and easier to navigate while still maintaining plenty of storage. A plain matt grey mist door concept offered a practical and contemporary finish with inline handles complementing the chosen style.

Matching the upstands to the wood effect laminate worktops and incorporating a glass splash back behind the hob alleviated grout lines that tiling gives lending itself to an easy to clean, maintenance free finish. Final consideration towards the accessible kitchen design included inset ceiling lighting to add brightness to the room which was further complimented by the decorative detailing of an eggshell blue colour which added an airy and fresh feel.


Fantastic from start to finish. I liaised with More Kitchens on behalf of my dad, who after deliberating for over a year whether to have a new kitchen or not, decided to go with your company. Once the work began we were kept up to date with what was happening and when. My dad is extremely pleased with the outcome. Would highly recommend if anyone is considering having a new kitchen installed.

Mr Clegg, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Senior Designer

Julie joined the Passmore team in August 2019 as a direct result of continued growth and company expansion, particularly the acquisition of the concession showroom in Mirfield.

A senior interior designer of bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens for just over 30 years, Julies first-hand experience, design expertise and breadth of industry knowledge makes her a fantastic addition to the sales and design team.

Having started her career at a local chemical company in the drawing office Julie quickly turned her hand to interior design first moving to Magnet before settling at Norwood Interiors where she remained for 28 years.

Outside the office Julie is a lover of fine wine and good food, perfectly mixing the two while socialising with friends and enjoying some well-deserved R&R in sunnier climates.

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