Age-Proof your Bathroom
Bathroom designs and layouts stay the same way in our homes for a long time. Carefully deciding how you will go about the overall look and feel is important if you want to age-proof your bathroom. Bathrooms are one of the most-used spaces in the home and taking comfort, functionality and décor into consideration can make your bathroom go the extra mile.
Consider the Flooring
Textured flooring is your best bet in a wet environment. There are too many options to list, but make sure the tiles are slip-resistant. You can easily check for slip-resistant tiles by feeling for rough grooves. Another option is to consider porcelain flooring. Porcelain is known to last long and replacing it may not be necessary if well looked after. Porcelain is also very easy to clean. Make sure you add chunky floormats to warm up the bathroom space when opting for porcelain. Porcelain can be cold and boring.
You will have to consider some shower adjustments to make your shower more accessible. This does not mean your shower can’t be magnificent. Install a shower bench so you can comfortably sit down in your shower. They come in many designs and sizes making it easy for you to choose one. Trendy wetrooms have introduced curbless showers and they look great. Consider this option when you are building your long-life bathroom.
An additional hand-held shower head is also a good idea. Handheld showerheads are easily adjustable and when placed adjacent to your shower bench, enables you to wash while seated. Comfort at it’s best. Grab bars should also be considered. These are not only great for the elderly but even for little kids who prefer a shower over a bath. Having something to hold on to is always a good idea in a shower.
Comfort is Key
Comfort will also go a long way. From installing a comfort-height toilet to choosing well-though-out lighting, these elements will make your bathroom a cosier one. Comfort height toilets are higher than the standard toilet making standing up and sitting down much easier. This is also great for new mom’s who recently had their baby, making the comfort-height toilet a win for young and old families.
A heated bathroom will also add to your comfort. Heated towel railings or underfloor heating are always good options for heating your bathroom effectively. Further, invest in good lighting. Good lighting in your bathroom comes in many forms. From recessed lighting and vanity lighting to special lamps and incorporating natural light, the list is endless. Some homeowners even have lighting inside an enclosed shower.
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