Having a bathroom that is going to meet the needs of a person who has a disability or is physically challenged is going to make a long-term difference to their health and well-being. Imagine using a wheelchair, and not being able to get into the bath easily or safely. It raises all sorts of issues about the frustration the person will suffer, how comfortable they feel in their home and the level of dignity they will experience.

Designing an accessible bathroom that they can use either unaided or with support, will have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. A bathroom should always feel like a luxurious space that a person wants to spend time in to wash their cares away after a busy day. With so many accessible solutions there is no reason for a bathroom designed for accessibility to feel clinical or hospital-like. It should still feel like a part of the home, whilst meeting the person’s needs at the same time. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to fit a new accessible bathroom – a plumber like this plumber in Bishop Auckland can carry out all of the work for you according to your personal needs.

Bathroom Accessibility

When thinking about bathroom design ideas for disabilities, accessibility needs to be at the heart of the process. If the person uses a wheelchair, then being able to access the bathroom whilst using it is the top priority. The door may need to be widened to allow the wheelchair through, and where possible enough space needs to be available in the bathroom to allow the wheelchair to turn.

The wheelchair should be able to fit unobstructed under the sink for easy washing, and think about having taps that operate with handles as opposed to traditional taps. This will future proof the bathroom’s functionality even if it’s not a requirement at the moment.

Any switches that are required in the bathroom should be low level, and it’s a good idea to have open shelves for easy access to towels and toiletries.

Disabled Access Bath


Being in water is hugely therapeutic and if someone really enjoys using a bath, then it is worth adding one to the bathroom wish list. It’s not always possible due to space or budget, and there are other solutions available in these cases.

If a disabled access bath can be installed other household members will also be able to use it, which is a benefit worth considering. It is possible to fit either a walk in bath, or install a bath with lift access depending on the persons individual needs.


If an accessible bath is installed, a shower can still be fitted over it if required. There maybe a preference for a shower, or the space available may only allow a shower to be fitted instead of a bath.

In order for a shower to be fully accessible it shouldn’t have a tray. The floor should be angled towards a drain to allow the water to flow away easily. Fold away seats can be fitted so that they are unobtrusive when out of use. Good non-slip flooring options should also be included in the design to prevent slips, trips and falls.


Accessible Toilet

When designing an accessible bathroom, ideally the toilet should be between two rails if mobility is poor. The rails can be folded up so as not to take over the space when not in use. The space that a person needs to manoeuvre to the toilet comfortably is the prime consideration, and any aids provided must be fit for purpose.

When remodelling a bathroom to take account of a persons disabilities, it is crucial to not only think about their current requirements, but how their condition may change over time. If you are about to remodel a bathroom to allow someone to maintain their independence in their home, consider a specialist bathroom provider like Premier Bathroom that can support you with this process. They will help you achieve a beautiful useable bathroom that will support your particular requirements.

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  1. Some great ideas here! For years my parents have talked about redesigning their bathroom for my dad – their challenge is the small space. He can’t stand for long so wants a bath he can lie in rather than a wet room, but I don’t know if they’d get any of the equipment in there! x
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  2. I’ve seen the walk-in bath and I have a feeling my mother-in-law will be pleased about that design since she’s given up having baths and only do showers because of her age. x

  3. It’s great to know that there are so many options to make the life of disabled people easier! and I’m glad to know that the designs are so beautiful. I think the shower is also useful for granddads and grandmas 🙂 thanks for sharing xx

  4. I work in a care home so see they adaptions everyday. That bath looks pretty cool though, they don’t have one of them! I normally see ones that are normal baths with a chair lift that goes into it.

  5. I absolutely love this post. I think it’s so great to see such an incredibly healthy and positive attitude towards disabilities. Posts like this always make me feel so happy and optimistic about my own husband’s disability. One of the things he was actually most alarmed about originally, was the bathroom and his own independence. He didn’t want to have to rely on others too much, and still wanted to be able to bathe himself and such. I was originally sceptical of this and thought we’d have to go against his wishes and install a load of hoists and things to help him get into the bath and shower. But nowadays with all that’s available – this is certainly not the case! There are so many wonderful options these days, from showers with seats, to slide in baths – it really is absolutely amazing! I believe the home my husband is currently in has an accessible bath from Gainsborough Baths – and he loves it because he has his all important independence! Equipment like this really does make all the difference, and it’s fantastic to see so many wonderful options out there nowadays, and it’s so great to read articles like this that show people that

  6. No matter your age, having something to hold on to in the slippery and wet environment of a shower or bathtub makes good sense. Most grab bars are made of stainless steel to resist corrosion.


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