Designing Accessible Bathrooms

Key Steps for Designing Accessible Bathrooms

There are many people in America on wheelchairs who want to continue living in their homes but they face a lot of challenges in terms of accessibility. Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous places in homes and poses threats. The key to make bathrooms accessible is safety. Apart from keeping the dimensions and the square footage of the room feasible for invalids to enter and move freely in wheelchairs, these are the key steps that must be kept in mind when designing for an accessible bathroom.
  1. Lighting
  • The lighting in the bathroom should be adequate.
  • The light switches must be lower so it is easy for people in wheelchairs to access.
  • Motion detectors can also be used to switch on the light.
  1. Vanity and sink accessibility
  • Wall mounted sink with no cabinets underneath is ideal in order to provide an open knee space.
  • Single handle faucets are easy to use because no twisting and turning is required.
  • Vanity with electrically adjustable height is expensive but viable to as it offers accessibility to all the users.
  • Place an extra-long mirror which can be used by everyone.
  1. Toilet accessibility
  • Toilet should be 17” - 19” in height. Higher the toilet seat, the easier it is to transfer to and from the wheelchair.
  • Wall hung toilet should be used.
  • Install a grab bar near to any one side of the toilet.
  • Bidet must be installed but toilet paper can also be placed at a comfortable height.
  1.  Shower and tub accessibility
  • Walk in tubs are easier to access as opposed to the ones in which you have to climb over.
  • Either a fixed or a rolling shower seat must be installed.
  • A curbless shower is ideal for people in wheelchairs.
  • Grab bars must be installed in the shower area too.
  • A non-slippery flooring option should be chosen.