Guest post: Making your bathroom fit for its purpose

January 9, 2014 Off By Laura TMOT
According to research, we can spend as much as 1.5 years in the bathroom over our lifetime. For any person, that is a considerable length of time and getting the bathroom up to standard is therefore highly important.

For those interested in making their throne fit for royalty, here are a few tips on how to make your bathroom fit for purpose. After all, if you’re going to spend so much time there then you want to make sure it’s up to the job!

Can you access it?

Perhaps the most commonly overlooked portion of bathroom design is the layout and accessibility. More often than not people can get carried away with stylistic elements and funky gadgets, forgetting to consider basic things like whether or not they can get to all of the bathroom units and use them efficiently.

To ensure your bathroom is fit for purpose, consider how easy it is to get around. If you find that doors open into one another or you have to move things out of the way to reach certain features then a re-design may be in order. Draw a floor plan of your bathroom and work out where different features can be added.

If you’re having the entire room renovated then why not map out the position of new units on the floor using tape when the room is clear? This way you can get a real feel for whether they’ll be enough room to move around or not.

Does it match your needs?

Unfortunately, we’re not all as spritely as we used to be and limited mobility in our later years is something we can expect. For this reason, it’s important to ask yourself whether your bathroom matches your needs – both present and future.

While you cannot guarantee that you will or won’t suffer mobility problems, it’s worth considering how you’d cope in your bathroom if you did fall victim to them. Would you still be able to move around? Would washing yourself become difficult?

If you think your existing bathroom would pose a problem then you may want to consider easy-access solutions. These come in the form of walk-in showers and bathtubs from firms such as Bathing Solutions and can be a real asset to homes looking to cater to all needs of its inhabitants. Not only do they help you get in and out of bathing units easier, but they’re also stylish and can act as practical, compact solutions for bathrooms with limited space.

Some units can also have seats added to provide a more comfortable bathing position. The benefit here is that you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to. Many of the seating options fold away or are collapsible which means you only need to use them when you feel it necessary.

By looking into these options and ensuring your bathroom is still accessible, you can ensure that it is fit for purpose – making the 1.5 years you spend there over your lifetime a real breeze!

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