Must Haves for a Roll In Shower

ROLL IN SHOWERS ARE OUR TOP RECOMMENDATION WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A HOME MORE ACCESSIBLE. THEY CAN BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK TO INSTALL AND CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE REGARDING THE USABILITY OF A HOME TO ALL PERSONS. THERE ARE MANY WORDS FOR THESE KINDS OF SHOWERS: ZERO ENTRY, CURB-LESS, ROLL IN, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND THEY ALL CONVEY AN ENTRY TO THE SHOWER THAT HAS NO STEP, CURB, OR OBSTACLE TO GET IN OUR OUT. THIS CAN BENFIT ANYONE WHO USES A WHEELCHAIR, WALKER, ASSISTIVE DEVICE, OR HAS A HARD TIME LIFTING THEIR LEGT O GET OVER STEPS. CREATING A SAFE PLACE IN A SHOWER IS A MUST FOR ANY HOME, AND BY ADDING A CURB-LESS SHOWER INTO THE HOME THE OVERALL SAFETY FOR ANY USER INCREASES TREMENDOUSLY. BONUS: THEY CAN BE REALLY LUXURIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL.

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR TIPS TO CREATE THE BEST ROLL IN SHOWER EXPERIENCE


The entry to the shower should be at least 30 inches wide


FIRST THING IS FIRST, WE MUST BE ABLE TO ENTER THE SHOWER. ADA REGULATIONS REQUIRE 36 INCH OPENINGS TO ALL DOORS, HALLWAYS, AND THIS WOUDL INCLUDE SHOWERS. SOME PERSONS WHEELCHAIRS AND ASSISTIVE DEVICES REQUIRE THAT FULL 36 INCHES OR MORE, HOWEVER SOME DO NOT. IN OUR EXPERIENCE 36 INCHES IS NOT NEEDED FOR EVERY SINGLE PROJECT AND MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE SPACE. WE SUGGEST HAVING AT LEAST A 30 INCH OPENING TO THE SHOWER TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE. OF COURSE WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND TAKING MEASUREMENTS OF THE DEVICES AND SPACES TO DETERMINE WHAT WORKS BEST FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, BUT SAVING THAT 6 INCHES CAN MAKE THE DESIGN AND KEEP IT ACCESSIBLE TO A LOT OF DEVICES.


Install a double swing door


HAVING A DOOR IN A SHOWER CAN BE IMPORTANT TO TRAP HEAT AND STEAM TO CREATE AN ENJOYABLE SHOWER EXPERIENCE. IT HAS BECOME TRENDY TO HAVE OPEN SHOWERS AND THOUGH WE LOVE THE LOOK OF AN OPEN SHOWER, IT DOESN’T WORK FOR EVERY PERSON. IF YOU ARE ONE WITH TEMPERATURE REGULATION ISSUES, HAVING A DOOR WILL REALLY BE THE GAME CHANGER IN KEEPING THE SHOWER WARM. WITH THAT SAID, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A SHOWER DOOR WITH A LARGE USABLE HANDLE, AND ONE THAT SWINGS BOTH INWARD AND OUTWARD TO ALLOW FOR FREEDOM OF ENTRY. THIS SIS A COMMON REQUEST FOR MOST GLASS SHOWER DOORS, BUT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED IN THE PLANNING.


Use glass instead of walls


GLASS CAN BE THE BEST REPLACEMENT TO KEEP WATER IN WITHOUT THE USE OF A WALL. THIS IS ESSENTIAL IN CREATING A CURB-LESS SHOWER AND THE GLASS CAN BE ANCHORED TO THE FLOOR AND CEILING IF NEED BE. GLASS GIVES A SLEEK AND MODERN LOOK AS WELL AS SHOWS OFF A GORGEOUS SHOWER TILE MAKING IT A HGE DESIGN BOOSTER. CONSULT WITH A CONTRACTOR TO DETERMINE THE BEST PLACES TO USE GLASS AND WALL TO CREATE A SAFE AND GORGEOUS ROLL IN SHOWER.


Pay attention to the size of the shower


IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE INTERNAL SIZE OF THE SHOWER CAN ACCOMMODATE THE INDIVIDUAL’S NEEDS. THIS INCLUDES MAKING SURE THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR SAFE TRANSFERS, A SHOWER BENCH, THE ASSISTIVE DEVICE, AND AN ATTENDANT. THIS IS GOING TO VARY ON THE SPACE AND THE SHOWER EQUIPMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND MAKING ROOM FOR AN ATTENDANT EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ATTENDANT OR CAREGIVER BECAUSE THERE MAY BE SOME CASE WHERE ONE WILL BE NECESSARY. FOR INSTANCE IF THERE IS AN INJURY OR FALL, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO HAVE ANOTHER PERSON ASSIST WITH SHOWERING.



Use multiple shower heads


HAND SHOWERS, RAIN SHOWERS, AND ARM SHOWER HEADS CAN ALL BE COMBINED TO CREATE A CUSTOM SHOWER EXPERIENCE.


Create reachable product niches


AN ORGANIZED SHOWER IS A HAPPY SHOWER AND WE LOVE TO ADD IN STORAGE SPACES IN THE SHOWER. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO ADD IN A NICHE FOR YOUR PRODUCTS. THERE ARE PRE-MADE NICHES THAT GO IN BEFORE THE TILE WORK, OR YOU CAN WORK WITH A CONTRACTOR TO FRAME OUT A CUSTOM NICHE SIZE. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND THE NICHES TO BE AT LEAST 14 INCHES TALL TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE LITER SHAMPOO BOTTLES, AND THE MORE STORAGE THE BETTER. I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT WE LOVE TO HAVE OUR OPTIONS OF PRODUCTS IN THE SHOWER AND WE CAN TO BE ABLE TO STORE ALL OF THE THINGS.


Add a heat lamp


BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T WANT A LITTLE EXTRA WARMTH IN THE SHOWER?! HEAT LAMPS ARE EASY TO INSTALL AND MAKE GETTING OUT OF THE SHOWER A LOT MORE BEARABLE. CONSULT WITH YOUR CONTRACTOR OR ELECTRICIAN TO FIND THE BEST SPOT TO INSTALL A HEAT LAMP.


Put your towels within reach


WE CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THIS DETAIL GETS OVERLOOKED. IT IS A PURE TRAGEDY TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL BATHROOM WITH NO PLACE FOR TOWELS. THIS MUST BE THOUGHT ABOUT DURING THE DESIGN PHASE AND PLANNED FOR. THERE IS LITTLE THINGS WORSE THAN TREKKING ACROSS THE BATHROOM DRIPPING WET TO GET THE TOWEL. WE LOVE USING TOWEL HOOKS INSTEAD OF BARS BECAUSE THEY TAKE UP LESS ROOM, CAN LOOK REALLY CHIC, AND ARE EASY FOR TOWEL DRYING.


Make it pretty


LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PUT YOUR STYLE INTO IT. CREATING AN ACCESSIBLE SHOWER IS CREATING A SHOWER THAT WORKS FOR YOU, AND THAT INCLUDES THE AESTHETIC OF IT. HAVE FUN WITH TILE AND MATERIALS, GET CREATIVE WITH THE LAYOUT AND TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE PLACES AND DESIGNS THAT EXCITE YOU. PRETTY IS NOT A LUXURY BUT A REQUIREMENT.