A surprising number of bathrooms aren’t designed for economical usage or even to be the most accessible spaces. Whether or not you are living with limited mobility, you can always use a little more convenience and safety in this part of the home.
If you are frustrated with a small, poorly designed, or difficult to use bathroom, consider some of these bathroom remodeling ideas to improve accessibility.
Install a Barrier-Free Shower
There’s always the possibility of tripping over the raised threshold of a traditional shower when you step into the enclosure. A zero-threshold shower enclosure is not only trendy these days, but also a safer option for homeowners. Barrier-free showers are also much more convenient for wheelchair users.
While you may already have a shower/tub combo in your bathroom, you might want to consider investing in a tub-to-shower conversion for the increased accessibility. Professional contractors can help you source a quality zero-threshold shower base to install in that existing enclosure without a problem.
Install a Walk-In Tub
Walk-in tubs are big investments, but they bring excellent returns for homeowners who want to age in place. As the name implies, walk-in tubs allow homeowners to enter the tub by walking through a waterproof, swing-open door. This kind of bathtub replacement allows you to continue bathing in comfort when it becomes difficult to use a shower/tub combo due to the high tub walls.
Add a Shower Bench
A simple improvement that homeowners can make to their shower enclosures is the installation of a shower bench. These benches are useful for homeowners who may have trouble standing for the length of time it takes to shower. Benches are sturdy supports that provide a place to relax in safety and comfort.
Install a Hand-Held Shower Head
Another easy innovation that improves convenience in the bathroom is a simple hand-held shower head. These shower heads allow homeowners to use water judiciously and reach areas that may be difficult to wash. A shower head can be combined with any other accessibility features to create a more functional bathroom overall.
Adjust Placement of Counters & Fixtures
It’s also important to take a look at how the various cabinets, counters, and fixtures are placed in your bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, it may be necessary to remove a few cabinets or have smaller vanities, sinks, and toilet installed to open up the space.
Wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, such chronic back pain, may also need height adjustments to the counters, towel rack, and toilet. Also, consider installing hardware that is larger and easier to use, such as long handled sink faucets.
Are you ready to get started with that bathroom accessibility project right away? Reach out to Bath Planet Experts for a complimentary consultation and cost estimate today. Call us or fill out our online form to contact a friendly representative for your appointment now.
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