How to Create a Universal Bathroom Design

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Do you have a family member or loved one who needs help getting around? Showering and using the bathroom can become more difficult for the elderly or handicapped, and having a universal bathroom design is critical. It may seem like a daunting task to remodel your existing space for accessibility, but expert guidance from the pros at Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center makes it easy.

We’ve created a list of tips for a handicap bathroom design that not only suits the needs of you and your loved ones, but is also stylish and reflective of your personal tastes.

The Best Handicap Bathroom Design Has:

An accessible shower and/or tub area. One of the biggest challenges for the elderly or those suffering from injury, illness, or disability often involves the shower. Getting in and out can be just as difficult as bathing for many, so it’s important your new handicap bathroom features the right shower design.

Let’s start with the accessibility of the shower entrance. Make sure the walls are low enough for easy entrance or go curbless to eliminate the hassle altogether. Grab bars can be installed as a way to not only help with shower entry, but also to provide something to grab onto should anyone slip while bathing.

You may also want to include a shower seat or bench to allow your loved ones to rest should they need to. Adjustable shower sprays can assist them in bathing while they sit.

Slip-resistance flooring. Your bathroom is going to get wet so it’s important to be weary of slipping. To prevent your loved ones from falling, make sure you install flooring built from slip-resistant materials, like non-glazed ceramic tiles or textured stones.

Adequate task lighting. Make sure your loved ones can easily see where they’re going when they enter the bathroom and when they’re using it. The best handicap bathroom design will have task lighting at the entrance to the bathroom and in the shower area—just make sure it isn’t so bright or installed in a place where it can be blinding.

Keeping Your Universal Bathroom Design Stylish

Okay, so grab bars aren’t exactly associated with style. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look good! The right remodeler can help you find grab bars in attractive designs, colors, and finishes to match your bathroom décor.

Now that the hard part’s over, finding stylish versions of the other universal bathroom features listed above is easy. At Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center, we can not only help you select and seamlessly install the most appealing shower grab bars, but we can also help you with charming stone floors and task lighting that doubles as accent lighting for your enjoyment. Curbless showers are already considered trendy, and we can add extra wall niches that add charm and character, while making soap and shampoo easy to reach from anywhere in the shower.

When it comes to accessible bathroom design by the Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center pros, the options are endless and customization easy!

Need Help Creating an Accessible Bathroom Design in DE, PA, NJ, or MD?

If you need to remodel your bathroom to make it more accessible, whether it’s for an elderly relative moving in soon or a family member suffering from injury or illness, we can help. Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center has been remodeling bathrooms in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland since 1963, and we know what it takes to create the best handicap bathroom design with the most stylish aesthetic. To get started on your accessible bathroom design today, contact us for a consultation or visit your nearest showroom!

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