Designing a Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom

For those in a wheelchair, the bathroom can be a very difficult room to navigate. More and more homeowners are looking for a home with a universal design that will make the most user-friendly bathroom experience for everyone. Creating a universal design for a handicap bathroom will need plenty of space, and a layout that allows accessibility of all the bathroom functions. Here are a few ideas for bathroom remodeling that will make your bathroom completely wheelchair friendly.

Sink

Most basic sinks come with a vanity or cabinets that are installed underneath the sink. This makes it difficult for those who are confined to a wheelchair to wash their hands, as they are unable to pull up to the sink. In a handicapped bathroom, the sink should be open underneath, allowing the wheelchair user to wheel straight up to the sink. Also keep in mind the height of the sink installation, and make sure the faucets are accessible from a lower position.

Toilet

A toilet that is too high up can make it difficult for someone in a wheelchair to use. This is due to the fact that wheelchair users have to lift themselves up out of their chair and onto the toilet seat. Handicapped bathrooms have toilet that vary from a standardized 15 inches from floor to seat rim to a more accessible 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat rim. In addition to the raised seat, grab bars must be installed on each side of the toilet in order to assist the transfer from chair to toilet.

Shower

Wheelchair friendly bathroom remodeling designs have a shower that should be fully accessible at all times. This means there is nothing impeding them and their wheelchair from getting into the bathroom. Accessible showers for a wheelchair user can be roll-in, meaning there is no curb, or can have a small curb fitted with a seat. This allows the wheelchair user to transfer themselves safely inside. It-�s also recommended that homeowners install a grab bar in the shower, to allow full comfort and accessibility.