Sometimes it seems that every little thing has a place, a specific room where it can be stored, and yet some things are just impossible to put into their designated spot. This is why we have bathrooms; they are part of the house and are meant for use. But what happens when you have an older home or someone who needs an accessible bathroom?
How to Design and Install a Domestic Disabled-Compatible Bathroom
If you have a domestic disabled-compatible bathroom your customers will be happy. You'll have more satisfied customers and fewer complaints. Follow these tips to design and install a domestic disabled-compatible bathroom.
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1) Do your research.
2) Know your regulations.
3) Use universal standards.
4) Plan for wheelchair access.
5) Use low-cost or free adaptations.
Bathroom Accessibility & Adaptation
If you are disabled or wheelchair-bound, it's important to make sure your bathroom is accessible. Here are some tips to make it so:
- Center the toilet in the room. This will help people with limited mobility maneuver around it.
- Make sure there's a footrest available nearby for people using wheelchairs.
- Install grab bars on the shower and tub walls, if possible.
- Install a ramp or lift in the bathroom for easy access to the toilet and shower.
Tips for Making the Process Easier
When designing a bathroom that is accessible for disabled/wheelchair users, it is important to remember that everyone's needs are different. Here are a few tips to make the process easier for you and your guests:
-Make sure all the fixtures and amenities in the bathroom are within reach.
-Consider installing grab bars near the toilet and shower.
-If there is space available on either side of the toilet, install a raised seat with a lip so that wheelchair users can easily access the toilet without having to get down on their knees.
-Install signage in both English and Spanish explaining the features of the bathroom for those who may not be familiar with them.