8 Bathroom Features for Increased Accessibility

Making your bathroom universally accessible and easy to use for individuals of any age or ability is not just about meeting current needs—it’s about ensuring comfort and safety for the future. In this post, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Orland Park, the trusted “general contractor near me” in the area, takes a look at eight of the essential features to consider incorporating into your bathroom for maximum accessibility and convenience.

1. Slip-Resistant Flooring

The floor of a bathroom poses one of the biggest risks due to water and moisture-related slips. Opt for small, textured tiles that provide more grip, or consider slip-resistant commercial flooring options that can be elegantly integrated into residential settings. DreamMaker’s team takes care of the details to ensure that your flooring isn’t just functional but also complements the aesthetic of your modern bathroom.

2. Wide Entryways

Renovating a bathroom or any living space with accessibility in mind calls for the expansion of the doorway to at least 36 inches. This adjustment creates ample space for wheelchairs and other mobility aids to comfortably pass through, facilitating safe and easy access for everyone.

3. Ample Open Floor Space

For a truly accessible bathroom, there has to be adequate open floor space. This allows for at least a 60-inch turning radius for those in wheelchairs. Our accessible remodeling specialists at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen can expertly design your bathroom layout to include the right amount of floor space while optimizing functionality.

4. Recessed Storage

Recessed storage is an elegant solution that keeps bathroom essentials within reach without the hazard of protruding cabinets. It must be at an appropriate height so it can serve its function without compromising on design. Whether above the vanity or within the shower area, recess storage is a key feature for a clutter-free and accessible bathroom.

5. Lever-Style Faucets and Single-Handle Options

Lever-style faucets and single-handle options allow users to operate the water flow with ease—no need for gripping or twisting. They also come with temperature indicators, which are helpful in preventing burns and ensure comfortable usage for everyone.

6. Smart Bathroom Technology

Smart technology leads to an enhanced, independent bathroom experience. With digital shower controls and smart toilets that can be operated through apps or smart home systems, individuals can maintain their independence while benefiting from personalized settings that ensure safety and convenience.

7. Comfortable, Accessible Seating and Support

Adding a permanent bench or a folding seat in the shower area not only provides a place to rest but also supports safe bathing practices for those who may have mobility concerns. Grab bars positioned strategically around the bathroom—near toilets, tubs, and showers—add an extra layer of safety.

8. Curbless Showers

A curbless shower is arguably one of the most important features of an accessible bathroom. As the name implies, it lacks a threshold commonly found in a traditional shower, thus eliminating the need to step over for entry or exit. A seamless transition from the bathroom floor into the shower is vital for anyone, including wheelchair users and other household members with mobility issues.

Let’s Start a Conversation!

Embarking on accessible remodeling for a bathroom requires not just expertise but also a compassionate understanding of each individual’s needs. That’s where DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen in Orland Park shines with its Independence by Design services. Ready to discuss your project and receive a professional bathroom quote? Let our skilled team help you create a bathroom that is not only stylish and functional but also future-proof. Call us at (708) 578-6832, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Orland Park, Tinley Park and Palos Heights, as well as Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen, Lemont and Palos Park.

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