Braked seat/step for kitchen

Project  / Project number: BK2014/47  /  Status:

The challenge

Kick step
Underside showing operating mechanism
Gliding around the kitchen
In use as a kickstep
Client only has the upper section of both her arms and is very adept with her two split hook prosthesis. There are times however when she finds it easier to manipulate items with her feet while seated. For this, she requires a low wheeled seat.  She also uses a kick step (as used in libraries etc.)  to reach higher items in her kitchen cupboards. This has spring-loaded castors that raise the step sufficiently to allow it to be moved by the user’s foot, but which allows the step to sink down onto the floor when stood on, for stability).  Because of the limited space available, the seat and step should be the same item.

A kick step was modified so that, by operating a lever, the castors could be locked in the down position (for use as a wheeled seat to glide around the kitchen) or be free to move up and down (for use as a standard kick step).

At the client’s request, it was painted a rather natty BRG.