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How to Design an Accessible Bathroom That Stands Out

By Megan

26th Jul 2023

6 mins read

Bathroom Ideas

If you’re looking to make your bathroom more accessible but still want to maintain your style. We’ve got you covered!

Chrome grab rails on blue tiles

Accessible bathrooms, which are also referred to as Assisted Living Bathrooms, are designed for people who struggle with their mobility, and every aspect of the bathroom works to assist their user. From taps to toilets, there are so many ways to make your bathroom more accessible.  

However, just because you need to make these changes, it does not mean that you need to compromise on style. There are so many ways to make your accessible bathroom look great and stand out. These are some of the things that you should consider.

 

Grab Rails

Grab rails are a must have for an accessible bathroom. There are so many different styles and they all work to provide stability and safety.

Opting for a chrome grab rail is a great option if you want to add a touch of elegance to your bathroom. However, chrome can be difficult to keep clean due to fingerprints, so if you don’t mind the little bit of extra cleaning, a chrome grab rail will be perfect for you.

Alternatively, if you want to achieve a more contemporary style, then the Arezzo Matt Black Wave Grab Rail is a great option for you. Its unique wave design makes this a great addition to your bathroom. The on-trend, matt black finish is what makes this design so appealing. Adding multiple grab rails in the same finish is a great way to maintain the overall style of your bathroom.

 

Accessible Taps

For some people, using a regular tap can be quite difficult. But luckily, there are alternatives.

If you struggle with your grip, you should choose a tap with a lever handle. This eliminates the need to grip an awkwardly shaped handle and allows you to use your tap with ease.

If you want to go for something more modern, you should consider a sensor tap. This eliminates the handle completely and will provide you with safe water temperature. These are also much more hygienic! The Orion Round Infrared Sensor Bathroom Mixer Tap is a great option for those who watch to ditch the handles and embrace modernity . 

 

Accessible Basins

Accessible basins are another must have for your accessible bathroom. For someone who is a wheelchair user, then a low, wall mounted basin is a game changer. The open space beneath the basin allows the user to comfortably access their sink.

For someone who struggles to reach low places, a comfort height basin is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you can choose any wall mounted basin of your liking and adjust the height so that it best suits your needs.

 

Accessible Showers

Walk-in showers are great for people who struggle with their mobility. But having a wetroom installed makes showering even easier. Wetrooms also scream luxury and are popping up in bathrooms everywhere! But it is important that you accompany your wetroom with a non-slip floor and grab rails where appropriate.

To make your wetroom feel more luxurious, you should opt for a shower screen instead of a curtain. The Arezzo Brushed Brass Profile Wetroom screen will really take your bathroom to the next level. This brushed brass enclosure will make your bathroom look and feel warm and luxurious.

It is also important to think about what shower controls will be the easiest for you to use. Similarly with assisted taps, some people may find a leaver control a lot easier to use.

 

Walk-In Baths

Just because you are making your bathroom accessible, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice your bath. Some people love to bathe and there is no reason why you should have to live without one. 

Walk-in baths are great for people who struggle to climb in and out of a bath. The side door allows for easy access without any leaks. The Milton Walk In L Shaped Bath is a great option for those looking for a fully accessible way to bathe.

 

Easy Access Toilets 

The average person spends around 73 hours a year using the toilet! So it is important that your toilet is suitable for you. For some people, a smart toilet is a great way to make your bathroom easier to use. We have recently spoken about the benefits of owning a smart toilet and their wide range of features that make your bathroom experience much easier. 

Others may find that the height of their toilet can make a big difference. Comfort toilets are designed to cater to people’s needs by coming in a range of varying heights, allowing for easy access.

If you struggle to get on and off a toilet and find yourself looking for the closed grab rail, you may find it much easier with a toilet support rail. The AKW Fold-Up Toilet Support Grab Rail with Adjustable Leg is a great option for toilet support. What makes this rail a good option is that you can fold it away when not in use. This will make navigating your bathroom a lot easier as there are less obstacles for you to move around.

 

Finishing Touches

When it comes to accessorising your bathroom, there are a couple things you can do to really finish off your bathroom and make your space feel more homely. 

  • Place any shelves high on the wall to avoid them becoming a hazard and decorate as you wish.
  • Add a mirrored cabinet above your sink for a storage/mirror combo that is easy to reach.

Now you can design a bathroom that is not only fully accessible, but also coincides with your preferred taste.  

Megan

Megan

Megan is an expert bathroom blogger, she enjoys writing helpful DIY articles and bathroom inspo blogs. As well as specialist bathroom advice, Megan also shares expert how-to blogs with step by step guides.

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