Updated: Aug 3
A Guide for People with Mobility Challenges
The bathroom can be a difficult space for people with mobility challenges. Traditional bathroom designs often include steps and thresholds that can make it difficult to get in and out of the shower. A curbless shower solves this problem by removing the threshold, making it easier for people to move around. In this guide, we will discuss the many benefits of a curbless shower and how it can improve the quality of life for people with mobility challenges.
What is a Curbless Shower?
A curbless shower is a type of shower that does not have a raised threshold or “curb”. This makes it easier for people to get in and out of the shower, as there is no step to overcome. Curbless walk in showers can be designed in a variety of ways, but they all share the common goal of improving accessibility.
Aside from being installed as a safety feature, it has been on trend in the bathroom remodeling niche as it is becoming a popular design concept for homeowners looking for a sleek, modern, and minimalist look.
Benefits of a Curbless Shower
There are many benefits to having a curbless shower, both for people with mobility challenges and for those who do not have any disabilities. Some of the benefits include:
(1) Improved Accessibility
One of the primary benefits of a curbless shower is that it improves accessibility for people with mobility challenges. By removing the threshold, a curbless shower removes the barrier and allows people to more easily get in and out of the shower. This can make a big difference for people who have difficulty moving around as there are no obstacles to navigate. This can be a particularly valuable benefit for those who are disabled, elderly adults, or anyone who uses wheelchairs or walkers.
(2) Easier to Clean
Going for an open-concept design by installing a curbless shower saves you time and effort in cleaning the corners and alcoves that come with traditional shower pans. It also means fewer spots for mold and mildew to grow which could potentially cause allergies and other health-related issues.
The use of ceramic tile is efficient as it is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. However, soap scum can still build up on shower surfaces and cause the growth of molds because of high moisture levels. To keep moisture at bay, we suggest that your bathroom should have proper ventilation by installing a vent and by using waterproof materials for your bathroom.
Having fewer corners than a traditional shower, a curbless shower is easier to clean and has a less cluttered, more organized appeal.