accessible bathroom and shower conversions

Top 5 Ideas for Accessible Bathroom and Shower Conversions

Bathrooms that have been designed to be modern and aesthetically pleasing often don’t consider the need for accessibility. The good news is that accessible bathroom and shower conversions can be sleek and modern while improving safety and comfort.

Walk-in Showers

Showers without a curb are a great way to make a bathroom more independent for a person who uses a wheelchair. Remove the shower door for even more accessibility. Install grab bars for stability in the shower. Don’t forget to lower the controls to make it easy for anyone to reach.

Sink Accessibility

When installing a sink, it needs to be mounted on the wall to allow knee access underneath for a seated person. Choose a lower mirror or an extra long mirror for added coverage. Consider installing hands-free faucets or single-handled faucets. Arthritis can make it difficult to use traditional fixtures.

Raise the Toilet

A higher toilet seat, at 17 to 19 inches, makes it easier for a person to transfer from a wheelchair and easier to stand and raise yourself. A bidet is a nice luxury, but if you have trouble using toilet paper because it’s hard to reach or twist around, that bidet is almost a necessity.

Wider Doors and More Open Space

To make a bathroom more accessible, the door may need to be widened. You’ll want to make sure to have open space for room to maneuver a wheelchair. If space is an issue, have the door open outward or install a sliding door. Don’t forget to plan space for another person in case the user needs help.

Lower Shelves and Storage

An accessible bathroom design considers how people will reach items they need in the bathroom. You’ll need to lower hooks, switches, and electrical plug outlets. Think about shower shelves that are reachable and soap dishes that are accessible to everyone.

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