Safe, simple, beautiful

Layout

The bathroom should be large enough, i.e. at least six square metres, so it is possible to move around with a wheelchair, if required. This includes a door opening width of at least 88.5 cm to 100 cm. The door has to open outwards to prevent the door from being blocked in the event of a fall.

The shower should have level access and also be of generous size. A small ledge can be used as a tray or as a seat. Alternatively the shower should be large enough to hold a stool. Securely installed hand rails provide security and are also suitable as towel rails. A solid handle in the bathtub turns into an elegant style element.

It is sensible to install the toilet at a height of at least 45 cm. A handle should be directly nearby here as well. The sink should provide legroom underneath, for example to allow the application of make-up while seated. Bathroom furniture should be accessible from a seated position. A movable cabinet on castors provides storage space and can also be used as a seat. Colours, visually and haptically appealing materials and surfaces provide a cosy atmosphere. Intelligent solutions provide safety and preserve independence in the bathroom.

Sink

The sink should be easily accessible from the front and also have sufficient space at the sides. A seat in front of the sink allows convenient and safe personal hygiene. A sink with legroom underneath or a height-adjustable sink are therefore recommended. The mirror should be usable in a seated position as well, the sink should be well lit and provide enough shelf space within easy reach. A recessed handle or hand rails attached to the sink provide safe support, look good and can also be used as towel rails.

Easily controlled taps as well as a pull-out shower head facilitate personal hygiene. Mixer taps and electronically controlled taps are particularly suitable for this purpose. Taps with an integrated thermostat or a temperature control cartridge prevent scalding.

Shower

A convenient shower should have level access and provide sufficient room for moving around. A floor level shower tray also makes the room look bigger. Recommended sizes are from 120 x 120 cm to 150 x 150 cm. The sliding doors of the shower partition should slide easily and open outwards, the glass sections should be clearly visible and unbreakable.

A seat in the form of a low seating wall or a folding or clip-in seat or stool are convenient helpers for personal hygiene and can also be used as temporary storage space. Additional handles provide safety or serve as towel rails. Anti-slip flooring is recommended. The mixer should be positioned within easy reach at 85 cm height. A thermostat or a temperature control cartridge prevent scalding. A heigh-adjustable shower head as well as a rain shower head provide additional convenience.

Bathtub

There should be sufficient space in front of the bathtub to allow it to be approached in a wheelchair if necessary. Individually adapted installation height as well as enough space at the top end and a larger seating area on the rim of the bathtub are comfortable and also facilitate repositioning. Stylish handles on the side of the tub make it easier to get in and out of the bath and also serve as decorative elements. The taps should not be in the way and should ideally allow operation from outside as well.

Toilet

The toilet also needs to be planned with enough space in front of it. The recommended area is 120 x 120 cm and 150 x 150 for wheelchair users. Installation depth and installation height of the toilet should be individually adapted to make it easy to reach the seat. The standard measurement is a seat height of 48 cm. If handles are required, the ideal mounting height and distance have to be observed. These are a max. height of 85 cm and a distance of 65 70 cm between one another. Individual adaptation is practical, though.

Sufficient space for temporary and permanent storage within easy reach provides a convenient place for everyday items. The flush should be easy to operate from a seated position as well. The toilet roll holder should also be easy to reach from a seated position.

Colour design

The targeted use of colours follows design as well as functional criteria. Colours do not just work as accents, influencing the perception of a room, they also provide orientation and a sense of security. The selected colour scheme should be as clear as possible, providing good contrast. Especially elements which are of particular importance should stand out from the rest on account of their colour, e.g. tooth mugs, shelves or handles.

Giving functional elements a special colour design allows operation to be understood instinctively. The colour elements used create contrasts in the room, facilitating orientation. But colour accents also bring a fresh and airy feeling to the bathroom. In the end colours are a matter of personal taste. Good styling features an aesthetically sound appearance of the visible surfaces. This is achieved not so much through a specific colour but rather through a harmonious colour scheme.

Lighting

Similar to heat, proper lighting is an essential element for creating a cosy atmosphere in the bathroom. There is good reason why light is also used for therapeutic purposes, for example. First of all, ideal bathroom lighting requires good basic lighting to provide sufficient brightness. One or two lamps on ceiling or wall are standard. This is supplemented by accent lighting on the mirror. The light on the mirror should be indirect and therefore glare-free. Bathroom lights left and right of the mirror ensure that there are no unwanted shadows on chin, nose or under the eyes.

At least 300 Lux illuminance should be available for actions repeated on a daily basis, such as tooth brushing, shaving or make-up application. Bathroom lights are particularly pleasant and convey a healthy skin tone when they imitate the light colour “warm white”. Dimmable lights give bathrooms a cosy atmosphere. Coloured light can further enhance this.