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At Millcreek Bath and Kitchen we have received many inquiries about building accessible bathrooms for individuals in wheelchairs and the elderly. In order to build an accessible bathroom that can increase your home’s resale value, sound design is needed. Here are some smart tips on how to do it.
1. The key to accessibility is to provide enough space for maneuvering. Provide at least five-feet diameter clear space without any barriers. Build wider doors that swing outwards to allow for more space inside. Make sure to use lever door handles than doorknobs for easier grip. Have at least four feet of clear space in front of the sink and the toilet.
2. When it comes to the bath, tubs are generally more difficult to get into and may still require some assistance. If you opt for tubs, try walk-in tubs for easier access.
3. For showers, make sure the shower floor is level with the rest of the bathroom floor. You can install a pull-out shower seat at a height of 17 to 19 inches. Make sure to install grab bars wherever needed. Coordinate the height of the shower controls with the grab bars. Try our ALT Riga ThermOne Tub Shower System with an adjustable height of the showerhead with a bar that doubles as a grab bar. The handheld showerhead works for when assisting someone while showering. For more information click here.
4. A toilet that is 17 to 19 inches high is the most comfortable height for most users. You can use a wall-hung toilet so you can customize the height that is most comfortable for the user. Install a bidet to accommodate users who find it difficult to twist and reach to wipe using toilet paper.
5. As for the fixtures like the sink and vanity, it is best to adjust the height to provide ample clearance for the knees. It is recommended that the height is no more than 34 inches and the space below should be at least 29 inches high. Try our wall mounted floating vanities that are not only stylish but also accommodate knee space.
Make sure to comply with Canadians with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements when building an accessible bathroom or you can also customize according to the comfort of the intended user. For your bathroom and kitchen interiors, visit our website at www.millcreekbathandkitchen.com and find options that will fit your needs needs.