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Universal Bathroom Design 101



Universal design is a steadily growing trend in the home improvement space. As a bathroom remodeling company with clients representing a wide spectrum of demographics, we at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen love how universal design reflects our own deep respect for people.

Universal Bathroom Design 101

What Is Universal Bathroom Design?

Before we get into universal bathroom design, let’s define universal design.

We like this definition by Ireland’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design: “[It] is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.”

They go on to explain that it isn’t a special requirement meant only to benefit a minority of the population. It simply about meeting people’s needs—no exceptions. That’s why we like to think of it as “common sense” design!

So what is universal bathroom design? It’s bathroom design that incorporates the seven principles of universal design, which are:

  1. Equitable use

  2. Flexibility in use

  3. Simple and intuitive use

  4. Perceptible information

  5. Tolerance for error

  6. Low physical effort

  7. Size and space of approach and use

What Makes a Bathroom Universal?

There are several ways to adapt a bathroom to universal use, but basic features include:

  • Main-level access

  • Wider doorways (min. 36 inches)

  • Wheelchair clearance (min. 60 inches of open floor space)

  • Grab bars

  • Accessible light switches and storage

  • Lever-style door and faucet handles

  • D-shape door and drawer pulls

  • Tall toilets (16 to 18 inches)

  • Wall-mounted sinks

  • Curbless shower

  • Adjustable handheld showerhead

  • Slip-resistant flooring

Create a Universal Space With Us

Partner with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Northeast Suburban Chicagoland to create your own universal bathroom. We are dedicated to building safe and functional spaces in your home. Feel free to ask us questions about bathroom design, safety and mobility features, custom cabinet options and more.

Call (847) 327-0203 today or request an appointment through our contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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