Use universal design concepts to create safe, stylish bathrooms in your home.
By Miranda HittiMore in Bathroom
Want to make your bathroom more comfortable? Try using ideas from universal design , which seeks to make rooms, environments and products convenient and effective for people of all ages and abilities.
Universal design is intended to benefit everyone, not just the elderly or people with physical disabilities. "Good design is universal," says Mary Jo Peterson, CKD , CBD, a universal design specialist and author of Universal Kitchen and Bathroom Planning and Gracious Spaces: Universal Interiors by Design (both published by McGraw-Hill). "You could use it at age 18 or at age 80."
Don't worry — universal design does not require devices that look like they belong in a hospital. "It doesn't have to look medical," says Sally Haile, information specialist with the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.
Here are some universal design tips for your bathroom:
Vinyl or small tiles with a matte finish might be preferable,Sally says. The higher the gloss, the more slippery the tile can be. And smaller tiles create better footing , Haile says, because they require a lot of grout and trim that could help stop slips . If you already have tiles on your floor, you may want to look for anti-slip products that use substances like grit and resin to coat your existing tiles, giving them extra slip resistance.