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Shower Door Design Considerations for Aging in Place Bathrooms

Are you getting ready to remodel your bathroom?

Searching for ways to make it safer and easier to use?

As we age, certain everyday tasks that were once simple can become more challenging. Showering is one example of an activity that can be difficult for aging adults, especially in bathrooms that are not designed with aging in place considerations.

As you begin the journey of your bathroom remodel, it’s crucial to consider the wide variety of designs when it comes to your shower door and safety. 

Here are some key components to keep in mind as you remodel your shower: 

Grab Bars

When installing grab bars, they shouldn’t be attached to shower doors or glass. These safety features need to be anchored into the wall and must be designed specifically for support. 

It’s important to note that towel bars, or other handles, are not suitable replacements for grab bars! 

When planning to add in grab bars, you need to communicate this addition to your contractor so they can ensure proper blocking and framing to support them. 

Curbless Showers

Curbless showers are becoming increasingly popular for aging-in-pace bathroom remodels, because they eliminate tripping hazards and barriers for walkers and wheelchairs. A curbless shower has a barrier-free entrance with no curb or bump. This type of shower is more accessible, and has a seamless look that gives it a spa-like feel. 

However, designing a shower door without a curb can pose several challenges. Curbless showers have an increased risk of water leaking onto the bathroom floor. You can combat this by making sure adding in a proper slope towards the drain to contain water within your shower area. 

Door Width

When choosing a shower door, the width is important to keep in mind for wheelchair accessibility. For wheelchair access, the door should be 33” wide, leaving a clear opening of 32”.
Keep in mind that adding such a wide door into existing bathrooms may be challenging due to space constraints, particularly around toilets or vanities. ADA requirements require sufficient space outside the shower for wheelchair mobility, which may result in significant remodeling needed for typical residential bathrooms. 

Don’t Sacrifice Style or Functionality with Our Showers in Ann Arbor 

When beginning your aging in place bathroom remodel, be sure to communicate your needs as early in the remodeling process as possible so that a more accessible shower space can be created and enjoyed for years to come. 

If you have questions on creating an aging in place showers in Ann Abor, feel free to contact us to learn more! 


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