Designing the Perfect Accessible Bathroom

Designing the perfect accessible bathroom sounds tricky, but it’s actually becoming far easier to kit out your bathroom with wheelchair-friendly fixtures and features. And just because your bathroom fixtures are extra functional, doesn’t mean they have to be any less stylish.

The bathroom can be a challenging place if you are struggling with limited mobility or using a wheelchair. But at Tap Warehouse we have a range of stunning bathroom fixtures to help turn your bathroom into an area that isn’t just safe to maneuver around, it’s also great to look at. Here’s what to go for when designing your perfect accessible bathroom.

Beautiful but Practical Basins

There’s an array of stunning basins available on our website that are practical for wheelchair users, while also bringing a little extra sophistication to your bathroom. A countertop basin is a fantastic option because it can be mounted on top of a small shelf, allowing wheelchair users to sit underneath the basin as they wash their hands or brush their teeth.

Countertop basins can be mounted at any height, making them extremely versatile; all you need is an empty wall to mount a shelf. If you are not a wheelchair user but have less mobility, a small stool can easily be placed underneath the basin and tucked away neatly when not in use.

The Vellamo Walnut Floating Shelf and Basin is one such option. This modern and minimalist wooden shelf really does look as though it’s floating, giving your bathroom a contemporary and spacious feel while also making it wheelchair-friendly.

The basin comes in a range of styles and sizes, each one made from high quality ceramic which is both durable and easy to clean.

This beautiful Walnut shelf enables   you to fix one of seven luxurious basins at whatever height you wish, meaning that wheelchair access is easily granted, whilst allowing the true beauty of the elegant walnut finish to be appreciated by all who visit your bathroom.

If you're not convinced already (which is virtually impossible, right?) then rest easy knowing this stunning piece of bathroom beauty comes with a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality.

Another lovely countertop option is the Hudson Reed Oval Countertop Basin. This gets a 10/10 for style thanks to its elegant, curved design and the thin edges are minimalist and modern. We're huge fans of the elegant curved design here too - what's not to love about a basin that looks like it belongs in a museum of beautiful basins? Ok, so that may not be a thing just yet, but we're working on it!

This is made from premium quality Vitreous China making it seriously durable, and it looks stunning paired with a countertop basin vanity unit.

Like the Vellamo shelf and basin, this is perfect for an accessible bathroom as it can be placed on a shelf at any height making it easy and comfortable for wheelchair users to wash their hands.

Accessible Walk in Showers

A walk in shower in the ultimate luxury, but they’re also hugely practical for those with less mobility. A high profile shower tray can be difficult to maneuver over, so a wet room is generally the best option - plus they have the added bonus of being contemporary, minimalist and oh-so-luxurious!

This Drench MineralStone low profile shower tray is a key component in your very own walk in shower. This can be combined with a glass panel to complete the spacious look, but those with less mobility can shower without the stress of trying to step onto a raised shower tray.

The open space provided by walk in showers will also make room for a small stool if needed, not to mention the fact that this adds some serious aesthetic beauty to your bathroom too!

This shower tray is perfect for both small and large bathrooms. It’s just 40mm in height, crafted from polyurethane and topped with hard-wearing acrylic. It’s strong, sturdy and most importantly, safe.

If all of these wonderful features haven't quite convinced you yet, this gorgeous shower tray also comes with an EasyFit design making installation easy and stress-free, alongside a very comforting lifetime manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality too!

Grab Rails and Bars

Grab rails are an accessible bathroom essential, as these can help you maneuver in and out of the bath and around the bathroom with ease. Despite their slightly clinical-looking reputation, grab rails these don’t have to compromise the look of the room, as many people seem to believe.

At Tap Warehouse, we believe that everyone deserves a luxury bathroom, and our stunning selection of grab rails (including a selection of matt black models) are designed to enhance the space - not compromise it! Our beautiful designs are far from the hospital-style grab rails you often see in accessible bathrooms. Let's take a look at a few of our favourites below.

If you’re after something simple and low-budget, the classic Drench White Hinged Grab Rail (left) is your best bet.. Or if luxury is calling your name, why not opt for the Sonia Lux Black Angled Grab Bar? (centre) - this has a simple and stylish shape, whilst the matt black finish looks stunning in any modern bathroom.

Wall Hung Toilets

We never thought we’d say this about a toilet, but wall hung toilets are really quite stunning to look at. Wall hung toilets are modern, minimalist and perfect for accessible bathrooms.

Whilst your standard toilet needs to be mounted at a set height, wall mounted toilets can be mounted anywhere that’s comfortable for the user.

One of our favourite wall hung toilets is this Dominica model made by Drench. This has a heavy duty soft close lid and a quick release seat for easy cleaning. Soft close seats are one of the greatest things ever invented in our opinion, what's not to love about total peace and quiet?

The Dominica is made from high quality ceramic and can be hung at any height making it ideal for wheelchair. Plus, the wall hung look makes your bathroom appear more spacious as it creates the illusion of extra room thanks to the empty floorspace underneath the pan.

Digital Showers

Another product that feels wonderfully luxurious but is actually extremely useful in an accessible bathroom, is a digital shower.

The Crosswater Digital MPRO Single Outlet Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve has LED lights to let you know when the temperature has reached optimum, whilst the built in thermistor ensures the temperature stays exactly as you want it - it does this by checking the temperature 10 times every second, now that's precise!

The Solenoid valves will automatically shut off the water flow if the water or power supply fails. This gorgeous shower valve boasts an elegant contemporary design whilst using the most modern technology there is, and never fails to impress thanks to both its practical and aesthetic beauty!

Flühs ceramic disc technology is in place to prevent unwanted dripping, alongside cool touch controls which ensure these are separate from the water valve, meaning they are always cool to the touch - your safety is always paramount to us!

Wall Hung Storage

Wall hung storage not only looks stunning, it’s also immensely practical. Place a wall hung cabinet or cupboard at any height so that those without full mobility can reach everything they need without assistance. Wall hung designs also free up space in the bathroom, and prevent obstructions around the room.

The Harbour Acclaim D-Shaped Tall Boy Unit is perfect for accessible bathrooms. This has enough space for all your bathroom bits and bobs, while slotting seamlessly into any style of bathroom.

This can be hung at any height you like, making it easier to access your things, especially if you're in a wheelchair, and the two soft close doors mean you don’t have to worry about loud slams! They're also pretty handy for prolonging the life of your unit too.

This beauty has a durable solid wood construction and a stunning gloss white finish that's virtually irresistible.

With an 18mm solid wood construction and a very comforting 10 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality, the Harbour Acclaim certainly gives us some luxury hotel bathroom vibes!

Get in Touch

It can feel like a never ending task making your bathroom accessible, but there’s a huge range of fixtures and furnishings online to help you kit our your accessible bathroom in style. At Tap Warehouse, we will do everything we can to ensure your bathroom is as easy to access as possible - and we certainly won’t be compromising on aesthetics!

If you have any questions about making your bathroom more accessible for either you or someone else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team.

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