9 Frequently Asked Questions About Countertop Lifts

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Countertop Lifts

Much of our world isn’t accessible to the non-ambulatory, and that includes the private home. Spaces that are easily navigated by walking – such as doorways and entryways, hallways, and clearance between furniture – can become obstacles for those using wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices. Fortunately, modifications can be made to problematic areas of the home. But one room is often forgotten in the process: the kitchen.

Modern kitchens present numerous challenges for the non-ambulatory, and one of the most basic is counter design. Counters are typically much too high for those with mobility devices to use comfortably, and built-in cabinets often prevent access. That’s where countertop lifts can make all the difference.

1. What is a countertop lift?

A countertop lift is a system that enables users to raise and lower a countertop to the correct ergonomic height. This way, everyone in the household can use the countertop at the height that’s most comfortable for them, whether from a standing or sitting position. The best part? You don’t have to purchase a new counter: the lift can be retrofitted into existing furniture, as it works with products from most kitchen suppliers.

2. How does a countertop lift work?

How a countertop lift works depends on the type of device you purchase, as both manual and electric lifts are available through Patient Safety USA.  Electric lifts are height-adjustable via switches on the countertop edge (these can be placed anywhere on the edge) and/or a handheld remote control. Manual lifts, on the other hand, are height-adjustable via a crank handle (the handle socket can also be placed anywhere along the sides of the countertop).

3. Are countertop lifts safe to use?

Pressalit’s Indivo safety systems are built to prevent injury and ensure that all users are in a safe environment. For instance, a pressure-sensitive safety bar installed under the countertop edge prompts the counter to stop moving if it senses any resistance, then raises the counter 10-30 mm. Microswitches in the safety bar register even the slightest pressure to prevent crushing injuries.

4. What types of countertop lifts are available?

Countertop lifts are available in a range of sizes for varying countertop lengths. Customers can choose from wall-mounted lifts, or freestanding versions for island countertops. Some are manually operated by a crank handle, while others are electric.

5. How much weight can a countertop lift hold?

It’s important to be mindful of the weight limit when choosing a countertop lift. Models available through Patient Safety USA can hold a maximum of 330 pounds, including the countertop.

6. What size countertop can be used with a lift?

Different lifts can accommodate worktops of varying sizes. Each device is designed to hold a specific range of countertop lengths, the shortest being 23.6-39.4” and the longest being 94.5″-118.1″.

7. What is the height range of a countertop lift?

Indivo lifts are adjustable up to 11.8 inches, depending on the model. When installing a countertop lift in your home, you must take into consideration the needs of the users — for example, what range of heights will ensure the comfort of all members of the household?

8. What is the warranty for countertop lifts?

Pressalit Care will remedy material and manufacturing defects on countertop lifts for a period of three years.

9. How can I learn more about countertop lifts available through Patient Safety USA?

Interested in finding a countertop lift for your home or workplace? Browse our Adjustable Tables and Counters, and when you find one that suits your needs, select “Request a quote” from the product page. If you have questions, you’re always welcome to contact us.

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