Disabled Bathroom Design Western Australia
One size does not fit all
If you or a family member is disabled, then you’ve probably given a lot of thought to how you can make certain rooms in your house more accessible – especially the bathroom. There are plenty of requirements and considerations that need to be taken into account when designing a disabled-friendly bathroom. All Style Bathrooms makes the process easier. For a great functioning disabled bathroom layout, Australia’s bathroom specialists have you covered.
All Style Bathrooms can transform your bathroom into a space that is functional, practical and unique. With more than 20 years’ experience in providing custom bathroom renovations, we’ll take care of all aspects of your renovation. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote.
Level of mobility
Before you go ahead and renovate, there are a few questions that you need to ask:
- What type of mobility aid is used by the person?
- Can the person lift and transfer their weight?
- Can they operate standard controls? (taps, toilet flush)
- Will the person’s condition likely change over time?
These questions will give you a starting point on how to customise your bathroom. Once you’ve sorted this out, you can move on to the requirements. For an effective disabled bathroom design, use the following requirements:
A bigger room is usually better as it allows for easy movement around fittings and fixtures. However, if you’re working with a smaller bathroom, don’t fret, we can make it work. We can design a smaller bathroom with suitable facilities while still maintaining enough room to move.
The bathroom needs to be located in a part of the house that is easily accessible. It should be near the bedroom, with either secondary access from a corridor or by extending the bedroom into an en-suite.
Now that you’ve thought about size and location, it’s time to look at fittings. This involves looking at disabled toilet requirements and accessible washroom designs.
People who use wheelchairs will require more space to transfer between wheelchair and toilet. The most common methods used are side and front transfers, which is why the seat height needs to be between 460 and 480 mm. Flush controls need to be at a height that the intended person can reach, and include a grip rail that can be easily grabbed.
People in wheelchairs need a washbasin at a lower level that includes ample knee space. Semi recessed basins are suitable for those standing and someone in a wheelchair. These basins are designed to provide more vanity space, as they hang over the counter slightly. The basin must be securely fixed because people will use this as extra support.
Having a wheelchair accessible tub may seem impossible but the good news is that it is entirely possible. For wheelchair users, include the following:
- A comfortable platform at the end of the bath for easy transfer from bath to wheelchair
- A horizontal grab rail just above the bath rim
- A hand-held flexible shower hose that makes it possible to shower while seated
All Style Bathrooms complies with all codes and regulations, so your custom designed bathroom will meet all Australian standards. We will build a bathroom that suits your requirements and then some.
For bathrooms that will make your life easier, contact us today and receive a free consultation and quote.