As our population ages, homeowners seek ways to make their homes more accessible and comfortable for the long term. A key area of focus in this “aging in place” approach is the bathroom – a space where safety and accessibility are paramount.
With thoughtful design choices, it’s possible to create a stylish and functional bathroom for individuals of all ages and abilities. Here are a few great ideas for your accessible bathroom design:
- Curbless Showers. Curbless, zero-threshold showers provide easy access, eliminating the need to step over a barrier. They create a seamless look and make the space safer and more accessible. Consider incorporating a bench and a hand-held showerhead for added comfort and ease of use.
- Slip-Resistant Flooring. Bathroom floors can become slippery, posing a hazard. Choose slip-resistant flooring materials for your bathroom design to reduce the risk of falls. Textured ceramic tiles, for example, are both stylish and practical.
- Comfort Height Toilets. Comfort height toilets are slightly taller than standard toilets, making them easier for seniors or people with mobility issues. They are designed to be about the same height as a standard chair (17-19 inches) for added comfort.
- Grab Bars. Your bathroom design should also include installing grab bars near the toilet, shower, and bathtub to provide added stability and support. Modern grab bars come in a range of styles and finishes to blend with your bathroom decor.
- Accessible Vanity Design. Consider a vanity design that allows for seated use, with enough clearance underneath for leg room. This can make everyday tasks like brushing teeth or washing hands easier. Also, installing lever-style faucet handles can simplify operation.
Our design experts understand the importance of creating a bathroom that can adapt to your needs over time. Visit our showroom in Mooresville, North Carolina, or contact us to start planning your ideal bathroom design.