Studies show that an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and so, the comfort of bathing is important. Many disabled people experience pain when they are out of their wheelchairs and this can lead to reduced mobility, which means they cannot easily get out of a bathtub or shower.
At Wetrooms Online, we understand all of our customers' needs and we make it our mission to help you feel safe, secure, and comfortable in your bathroom. We can ensure that all areas are taken into consideration, from choosing the correct wet room tray, shower seats, and grab rails etc.
Reassessing your bathroom to make it more wheelchair friendly can seem quite tricky to do. It’s a task that can have you feeling indecisive about what the best solution is. Yet, accessibility doesn’t just include easier access; it means feeling safe and secure to have the most enjoyable bathing experience. Take a look below at some of the key things you need to consider when considering or designing a Wet Room for a wheelchair user:
CHOOSING THE CORRECT WET ROOM TRAY:
Here are the three wet room trays suitable for a VINYL floor finish and use with wheelchair showering from leading manufacturers Contour, Impey & AKW.
The ShowerDec from Contour is an incredibly strong wet room / walk in shower former tray that is suitable for tiled or vinyl floor finish, and can be installed in wooden or concrete sub floors. Designed for level access wet rooms and shower areas, the ShowerDec is suitable for use with wheelchairs and similar devices, without the need for under-support. Tested to withstand 100 stone / 635 Kg across the entire surface area. See the collection here.
The Impey Level Dec Easy Fit is the strongest, most rigid wet room tray available. With a built in fall to the drain the Level Dec Easy Fit requires no under boarding* and will support over 300kg (47 stone) when fixed directly to standard floor joists. It is suitable for VINYL floor finishes and is suitable for use where showering with a wheelchair is required. See the collection here.
The AKW Tuff Form wet room / walk in shower tray is a lightweight yet strong floor former that is suitable for use with wheelchair showering and can accept VINYL or TILED flooring making it the ideal choice for both disabled showers and family wet rooms or where combined usage is required. Tens of thousands of installations worldwide, so it’s popular – and proven! See the collection here.
CHOOSING A SHOWER SEAT:
A shower chair can be used for both convenience and independence. The obvious benefit is that it allows for a place to sit while bathing, a welcome option particularly if you have reduced mobility. Here are three wetroom shower seats suitable for a mobility wet room:
Jackoboard Steam and Wetroom Seating Kits are the simple, waterproof, cost effective and flexible way to create stylish tiled seating in mobility wet rooms. They are available with a curved or square style options. See the collection here.
The Fold Up Wooden Slatted Shower Seat with Support Legs from AKW is made from ecologically friendly rubberwood and is very stable, designed to give greater comfort and durability. Ideal for smaller bathrooms, this can be folded away to create more space.
You can see more of our shower seats and stools here.
GRAB RAILS AND SUPPORT BARS:
Whilst showering, a grab rail can be handy support and our stylish, chrome rails show that practical can look great too. Each is designed to complement the sleek lines of your shower or wet room. Wall-mounted grab rails are designed to withstand a maximum load of 100Kg.
See our huge collection of grab rails here.
If you are purchasing wet room equipment and fittings (trays, grab rails and seats etc) and are registered disabled, or they are for use by a person registered as disabled, you may be eligible for VAT relief on the items.
For full details and eligibility criteria please see the following page:
VAT RELIEF ON WET ROOM PURCHASES