This is true for people who are aging in place, handicapped, or have specific physical needs … even those with no special accessibility needs.
Accessible bathroom design basics
Main floor living – When at all possible, at least one full bathroom should be on the main floor of the home. This allows for main floor living (where everything you need for daily life is on the main floor of the home).
Easy access – A doorway that is 3 feet wide is recommended to ensure there is ample clearance for mobility devices.
Plenty of space – Optimally, there should be 4 feet of clear space in front of each fixture in the bathroom, including the shower area, sink, toilet, etc. In smaller bathrooms, this can be combined space (eg. shared space). This leaves room to easily move around, as well as provide space for using a wheelchair, walker or other mobility device.
Showers – Install a barrier-free shower that provides a “no-step” entry into the shower area. Include a shower seat, handheld shower head, temperature control and lever handle controls.
Toilets – To adhere to ADA standards, toilets should be 17-19” from the floor to the top of the toilet seat.
Sinks – Use a wall-mounted sink, or vanity with an opening for knee space below, to allow for sitting at the sink or a wheelchair.
Counters – Use adjustable or variable-height counters to ensure easy access and use by everyone.
Flooring – Use non-slip flooring. Options are available in ceramic tile, vinyl, linoleum, and stone.
By using these and other accessible bathroom design ideas in your home, you can create spaces that are usable by everyone, and help your family live happier and healthier lives at home.
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