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Disabled and Accessible Bathrooms

It is essential for a disabled bathroom to function well; accessible bathrooms feature design elements that make the use of the facilities easier for individuals who may otherwise need additional support. Accessible bathrooms promote independence and, therefore, dignity.

A bathroom design can be adjusted in a range of ways to create a space that is inviting, comfortable and, most importantly, safe for people with disabilities or mobility difficulties.

Some things to think about include:

Grab bars

Grab bars are a great feature to assist those with mobility difficulties as they can be fitted in convenient places to offer extra support in standing or moving around the bathroom. The extra stability these accessories provide gives those using them confidence that they will be safe.

Wide access

A key element of many accessible bathrooms is wide access for special equipment such as walking frames, wheelchairs or hoists. The amount of space around each area should allow for easy manoeuvring of equipment so everything can be easily accessed.

Non-slip flooring

Using flooring or tiles with an excellent anti-slip rating is beneficial to help prevent slips and falls. Anti-slip tiles are a great safety feature for a bathroom due to wet areas, but even more so for those vulnerable to falling.

Raised WC

Certain products are designed with ease of mobility in mind, such as comfort height WCs. These products are slightly taller than their standard counterparts, making it more straightforward for someone to transfer on and off the toilet.

Smart WCs and seats

As well as raised toilets, smart toilets or seats can be a great addition to an accessible bathroom. The use of technology to assist with hygiene is becoming increasingly popular.

Shower seat

Shower seats are ideal for those who have difficulty standing for long periods. Whether you opt for a fold-up seat, a removable stool or even one built-in, shower seats offer much-needed convenience and comfort.

Lever handles

Choosing lever or bow handles makes using products such as brassware and furniture easier for those with limited hand mobility.


Sensors are a smart feature that reduce the need for manual controls and additional physical tasks. These discreet devices can be installed to assist in controlling lighting, heating, taps and WC flushing, making the bathroom more accessible.


With lots of product options and clever design ideas, it is easier than ever to create an accessible bathroom that is not only functional but also stylish. Speak to one of our designers for help incorporating these features in your bathroom project today.

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