Handles & Hardware for Aging
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!” Can you believe that Ferris Bueller, or rather Matthew Broderick the actor who played him the is now eligible for AARP? Even some of our best F-R-I-E-N-D-S are on the AARP rosters (I’m looking at you Miss Buffay).
Shut. The. Front. Door.
But he had a great point, life does move fast, especially after 40. I remember looking in the mirror one day and thinking, “Who is THAT?!?” We all handle aging in our own personal way.
Denial. Acceptance. Grace. Botox.
The outward signs of aging have become a multi-billion dollar agency plastered all of the advertisements during primetime television, but the inward signs of aging are something that we still don’t like talking about. As we age, our bodies start to make life more difficult in the most peculiar ways. Our last aging in place topic was all about grab bars, this one is all about hardware for aging.
Let’s take our joints for example.
As we age, our joints can become problematic due to overuse and inflammation. With the increased use in computers and other electronic devices, the study of ergonomics for the hands has become a hot topic in the corporate world. Which means that Gen X-ers and Millennials, who have spent most of their adult lives regularly using computers are at an increased risk for issues like carpal tunnel and osteoarthritis in their hands. I know that if I spend several days in a row working on the computer my neck and hands are a little more sore and a little more stiff than they used to be.
Which brings me to the topic at hand (pun intended). Because we expect a kitchen remodel to last 15+ years and a bathroom remodel to last even longer, you may want to think about the types of knobs, pulls, and handles you select for your doors, drawers, and faucets. Especially if you are a contemporary of Ferris Bueller or Phoebe Buffay.
So, what kind of pulls, knobs and faucets does this Aging-In-Place advocate recommend? The key is selecting something that you can open without using a pincer grasp or with a nearly open hand. That means bar shaped pulls and handles on your faucets. For your doors you should select a lever style door handles. It’s really that simple.
No round knobs.
- Kohler Bancroft Widespread in Oil-Rubbed Bronze 2. Kohler Purist Widespread 3. Delta Trinsic in Champagne Bronze 4. Delta Vero Widespread in Chrome
I’m leaving you with some great options for aging-friendly handles. As always they are clickable, shoppable links. Hope you find some stylish ideas. If you need help with your next home improvement project and want a designers eye, you can set up your complimentary Design & Style phone consultation with Paradigm Interiors here. In case you missed it, here is a link to last week’s post where I talk about what to expect from an interior designer.
- Kohler Purist Wall Mounted Faucet in Black Matte 2. Atlas Homewares Bar Pull in Vintage Brass 3. Top Knobs Modern Metro in Matte Black 4. Miseno Bar Pull in Oil-Rubbed Bronze 5. Hickory Hardware Studio Cabinet Pull in Copper 6. Kohler Single Handle Faucet in Vibrant Nickel
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