Discover the best ways to make your bathroom more accessible, from grab rails to shower seats and non-slip flooring. Whether you’re renovating an existing bathroom or installing a new wet room, these are the best accessible bathroom design ideas for independent living.
Practicality is the number one priority for accessible bathrooms, but the design doesn’t have to be boring! You can create a modern disabled wet room that combines style and function when you include the following elements:
- Paint the walls in a bold colour to brighten up the space or use an accent wall to create contrast.
- If you’re tiling your bathroom or installing non-slip flooring, choose a complementary shade to tie the whole design together.
- Plants, candles, soap dispensers and other bathroom accessories can add personality to your space.
If you’re looking to make your bathroom more accessible, a wet room is ideal. You can transform an existing bathroom into a wet room, no matter the size or configuration of the space. Some key features of a modern disabled wet room include:
- A walk-in shower without a tray or step. You could also include a shower seat and handrails within the enclosure.
- A user-friendly shower. Mira Advance electric showers are designed with accessibility in mind, featuring audio enhancement, temperature control and visual optimisation.
- Single-level flooring for easy access to the toilet, sink, and shower. Non-slip flooring is a popular choice for accessible bathrooms, providing additional safety.
- A high-rise toilet with grab rails on either side for stability.
- A wall-hung basin at your desired height, providing better access for wheelchair users without the obstructing sink pedestal.
- Electrical switches can be lowered as required.
If your home is split over two or more stories, the accessible bathroom should be on the ground floor or have lift access. This may require converting an existing room into a new bathroom with the appropriate plumbing and drainage systems. Discover more information on creating a wet room in our dedicated guide.
Accessible bathrooms should have no obstructing furniture, so built-in storage is ideal. Built-in cupboards can keep spare towels, toiletries and cleaning products out of sight. Wall shelving can house frequently used products and any bathroom accessories or plants, making this a stylish and practical addition to your space.
Whatever your preference, you can customise bathroom storage to suit your unique requirements and ensure your space is clutter-free.
A minimalist bathroom design will help make your space fully accessible whilst looking clean and modern. Disabled wet room layouts can be adapted to suit your home and requirements but should always be as spacious as possible.
The colour scheme, fittings and fixtures you choose can also give a minimalist feel to your bathroom. For the ultimate minimalist design, explore black and white bathroom ideas.
Wall hung features
Wall hung toilets and sinks are essential for accessible bathrooms, as you can install them at a suitable height to accommodate wheelchair users. They are easier to clean around, occupy less floor space than fixtures with pedestals, and are available in various styles to suit any bathroom design.
Railings and aids
Grab rails or safety bars can make your bathroom more accessible. They are especially beneficial around the toilet, in the shower cubicle and near the door. Fold-down shower seats are another helpful bathroom aid, whilst bath hoists and non-slip bath mats can be useful when bathing.
Lighting is an integral part of any bathroom design but can be especially important for accessible bathrooms, helping users navigate around the space. Choose overhead lighting like spotlights or strip lights for maximum brightness. In addition, you could install an integrated shower light and extractor fan if your bathroom is dark, has no windows or gets less direct sunlight.
Once you’ve decided on your perfect accessible bathroom design, discover more ways to create a wet room on a budget.