If you’re planning to upgrade your bathroom to be more accessible for those with a disability, additional access needs or any other requirements, it can often be difficult to know exactly what should go into its new design. Luckily we have a wealth of experience in installing bathrooms that are disability friendly, so have put together this useful guide to the steps you need to take. See below for some points to get you started.

Size
If your new accessible products are to be placed within a room that already exists, it is definitely worth measuring the dimensions of that room as a priority. That way, you can check to see if the items you choose can be made to fit. Remember, there are certain requirements regarding the layout of certain features, so, once you take all criteria into account, it may be that you find you’ll have to extend the room slightly to allow for the perfect layout. You need to ensure that your budget will cover this as well as your new purchases.

Layout
The best way to figure out how your new accessible bathroom ought to be arranged is by checking on official British standards, which can be found via the gov.uk website. You’ll discover many factors that need to be taken into account, such as the minimum required distance between objects to allow a wheelchair to pass through (1500mm). It’s also important to check where railings will need to be placed, and which types you’ll need. Don’t worry if you’re unsure of anything, as you can contact us at any time to check that you’re working to the correct parameters.


Specialised Fittings
There are any number of items with which you can decide to furnish your new accessible bathroom. Your choice depends on the purposes you intend these fittings to serve. If your bathroom is being adapted to suit the needs of one individual, it is worth either making a list of the activities they find difficult to undertake in a standard bathroom, or taking note of the restrictions their disability imposes on their physical abilities in general. You can then begin to shop around for bathroom fittings that are specially designed to meet their needs – for example, a walk in bath or a remote control body dryer. Otherwise, if you intend to adapt your bathroom for use by any individual with a disability, it’s a good idea to once again refer to the guidelines available on the gov.uk website for full information and official requirements.

There are so many items to choose from to improve the accessibility of your bathroom, from non-slip tiles to wet rooms to automatic toilets. If you’d like further information, simply contact Howards of Hayling today on 023 9246 5182 or email howardsofhayling@gmail.com and our friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you with any enquiries