Most people these days are forced to make the most of showers rather than baths, as they are much quicker and much more water and energy efficient than more traditional bathtubs. With that in mind, it is also no surprise that more and more people are choosing to make the most of stylish and practical wet rooms rather than having to deal with the limited space offered by shower cubicles and self-enclosed showers.
Traditional bathrooms also have a range of disadvantages when compared to modern, accessible wet rooms which are ideal for users who happen to suffer from physical impairments as a result of injury or age. A disabled wet room is the perfect decision, particularly if you share a home with other people who may not suffer from the same mobility issues as you.
Tips On Designing A Stunning, Accessible Wet Room Of Your Own!
The Right Advice – Firstly, you should consider your or your households, physical requirements and the support that will be required in the wet room. A discussion with an occupational or physical therapist, or a team of mobility specialists, is usually the very best way to lay the foundations of your mobility-friendly bathroom design.
Above all, it is important that your renovated room caters for your long term needs to ensure that you needn’t re-do the space next year, in the event of your physical needs changing.
Get To Know The Right Products ¬– The best wet rooms are still reliant on a range of the very best features. Just because you are choosing a mobility-focused and supportive wet room design, that doesn’t mean that you need to utilise products which look like they belong in a hospital rather than a home.
More and more manufacturers are designing mobility-friendly features which are designed to fit into a stylish home bathroom and provide reliable support as well.
Your Shower Floor – Choosing a shower-resistant floor doesn’t mean that you need to use unsightly or uncomfortable rubberised flooring. Softstone floors, for example, have the natural appearance of slate, but are actually extremely soft and comfortable underfoot. Aside from that, they are intelligently contoured to channel water away and to help prevent slippage.
When you combine this with slip-resistant tiling and even underfloor heating, you can create a more aesthetically pleasing feel without compromising your safety. In fact, the additional heat will also ensure that any excess water dries up quickly to create a safe walking surface.
Shower Support – Within the main shower area itself, you can integrate supports into the major structures to avoid the conspicuous white plastic fixtures that many people believe to be unsightly.
Now, stylish metal alternatives are available with water-resistant grips to prevent condensation affecting your support. Many support rails of these types are also suitable for the hooking of supportive seat as well, which can really make your showering experience that much less strenuous.
Wheelchair Users – If you require a wheelchair to move around, then either a power bath, which lifts you comfortably and safely into the bath itself, or a long-projection and easily-reachable WC is essential. In the past, long WCs have been fairly unattractive to look at.
Thankfully, modern designs are much more aesthetically pleasing and there are a range of alternatives available, such as dwarf-wall hung WCs, which are both easily accessible and provide the necessary projection.
Ensure That It Is Installed By Professionals – Unfortunately, there are a lot of “cowboys” out there, who are looking to take advantage where they can and cut down the amount of time and effort spent on installation. Even the very best products can be undermined if they are installed incorrectly and mistakes are often very costly to rectify.
By choosing a team of specialist designers and installers, you can ensure that your disabled wet room will provide many years of reliable and supportive service.
Bathtime Mobility; Experienced Installers Of Disabled Wet Rooms In The UK
Here at Bathtime Mobility, we have many years’ experience when it comes to the design and installation of mobility-friendly and accessible bathrooms and wet rooms. Our customer’s safety is our primary concern, and we firmly believe in finding the right bathroom features for the right customer’s requirements.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 0800 29 22 110. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get some hands-on time with our best products and features, you can make an appointment to come and visit our showroom in Henley-on-Thames!