Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.
Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge. Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.
Bath or shower is the first question. Ideally both – but where there is not enough space opt for a shower bath with integral screen. VitrA offers a good selection in a choice of sizes. Clingy shower curtains are a no – they are awkward for less able people to use and difficult to keep clean. Remember to add a bath grip to make getting in and out easier. The Accessible collection includes support rails, basins with enough space below for a wheelchair user to get right up to the edge and a choice of comfort height toilet pans. A walk in shower can be used by everyone and are easy access when a carer is needed to help with bathing. . VitrA’s Move shower panel adds a touch of luxury with its massage jets, overhead and hand showers. Move can be used to replace an existing mixer shower so is the ideal choice for a fast makeover.
Cleanliness is vital. Wall hung fittings make the job easier as they hang clear of the floor, allowing for fast and effective mopping. Wall hung WCs can be teamed with elegant console basins and wall mounted brassware for a sleek and easy to maintain look and can be set at a comfortable height. Vitra Rim-Ex WCs are specially designed for easy cleaning. The bowl is rimless so there is nowhere for dirt and limescale to collect. Lurking odours can be banished too – Vitra Fresh WC pans feature an integral tank that dispenses detergent with every flush, helping to clean the pan and giving the room a fresh smell. Wall hung pans are suspended from a concealed weight bearing frame and are operated by a push button dual flush panel. VitrA has frames and flush buttons to suit all types of wall construction.
VitrA's V-Care WC offers valuable independence to the less able. It features a sensor that opens the lid as the user approaches, adjustable washing and drying functions, a heated seat and more. The pan is will hung so can be set at a comfortable height. It also features odour control and VitrA's RIM-ex construction which means there is no rim around the inside of the pan for germs and limescale to lurk.
Furniture now plays an important part in bathroom design. Why opt for a basin and pedestal when a basin built into a stylish vanity looks so much better and provides storage space for toiletries etc.? VitrA’s Ecora furniture includes 60 and 90cm units with two drawers, matching small, tall and mid units and mirror cabinets. Minimalist D-Line furniture is perfect for smaller bathrooms. The side units can feature either a toilet roll or towel holder – ideal where space for wall mounting is limited. All VitrA furniture is supplied fully assembled with soft close doors and a water repellent thermoform finish. Easy to use single lever taps and smart accessories from VitrA add the finishing touch.
Move from VitrA upgrades an ordinary shower into something special.
Vitra's Move shower column is the perfect product if you are updating an existing shower area. Measuring 250 x 450mm and designed so that it will connect easily to existing water outlets, the MOve system has two massage jets, a fixed shower head and a hand shower. The column measures 250 x 1400mm and is available in White, Silver, Anthracite and Gold Oak finishes. It needs a minimum system pressure of 2 bar to operate - so check with your plumber first. Price from £570, www.vitra.co.uk, 01235 750990
The V Care Comfort WC with sft close seat is packed with features to make life easier and offer independence, £1999