How to Create an Accessible Bathroom

How to Create an Accessible Bathroom

An accessible bathroom will make life easier for your loved ones with mobility issues or children. Developing an accessible bathroom is also one of the best ways to future-proof your space. Bear in mind: you will get old one day too. To create an accessible bathroom for the young, disabled, or elderly, consider these design tips:

Location

The location of the bathroom counts especially if your home is on multiple levels. We recommend developing a full bathroom on the lower level of your home to eliminate the need to go upstairs to use the bathroom. Make sure the lower-level bathroom is big enough to accommodate a wheelchair or a walker.

Intuitive Design

The height of the vanity, sink, distance to the faucet, the toilet height, and other design components are equally important when creating an accessible bathroom. Make sure the toilet height is at a comfortable level so it is easier to use for an adult with mobility issues. The spaces between the sink and toilet should be enough to maneuver a wheelchair or a walker. Make sure the vanity, sink and the distance to the faucet are designed with ease of use in mind.

Shower Seat

In the shower, we recommend building a shower seat so someone with limited mobility can take a shower or a bath safely. Plus points if you install an adjustable showerhead or a handheld showerhead to make showering much easier for the disabled.

Safety Bars

The bathroom can get slippery when bathing, so people with limited mobility are in a greater risk of an accident. Installing grab bars makes a space much safer for those using a walker or a wheelchair. Grab bars come in a variety of finishes and designs so they double as bathroom décor too!

We recommend adding a couple of grab bars near the toilet, on the interior and exterior of the shower area and the bathtub.

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