How to fit out an accessible bathroom so that it doesn't look like it came from a hospital?
While Universal Design is a human-centred approach that aims to provide spaces that can be easily accessed by everyone, regardless of age or ability, Accessibility Design goes further – focussing on design specifically with disability in mind as well as complying with building standards.
Designing an accessible bathroom that looks stylish and modern is definitely possible.
Here are some tips on how to fit out an accessible bathroom effectively in terms of both aesthetics and function
1. Focus on colour and materials
Instead of using plain white tiles, consider using colourful or textured tiles that can add a decorative touch to the bathroom.
Contrasting materials also assist people with impaired vision to navigate the bathroom.
You can also choose materials like wood or natural stone for the bathroom fixtures, which can give a warm and inviting feel to the space.
Hewi, Ponte Giulio & Ever Life Design have great selections of products to choose from.
2. Use stylish grab bars and shower seats
Instead of bulky, utilitarian grab bars and shower seats, consider using sleek and modern designs.
There are many stylish grab bars and shower seats available that can blend in seamlessly with the rest of the bathroom decor.
3. Install a walk-in shower
Install a Level entry shower (i.e. no lips, thresholds, trip hazard).
A walk-in shower can be both stylish and practical for an accessible bathroom – you can choose a shower with glass doors or partitions, which can create a sleek and open look.
Consider Bi-Fold Shower Screens.
4. Incorporate good lighting
Proper lighting can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the bathroom.
Use bright, LED lighting fixtures to ensure that the bathroom is well-lit and welcoming.
5. Choose accessible fixtures
There are many accessible fixtures available that can blend in with the rest of the bathroom decor.
For example, you can choose a sink that has a lower profile, or a toilet that is higher off the ground, again Hewi, EverLife Design & Ponte Giulio tick the box here.
6. Consider the layout
The layout of the bathroom can make a big difference in how accessible it is.
Make sure that there is enough space to manoeuvre a wheelchair or mobility aid, and consider installing features like hand-held showerheads or adjustable-height sinks to make the bathroom more user-friendly.
By following these tips, you can create an accessible bathroom that is stylish and functional – and that doesn't look like it came from a hospital.
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