When you live in a household with an elderly or handicapped individual, there are several changes you would need to make in order to make life more comfortable for them. Some of the changes would also be necessary to ensure that they stay self-sufficient to some degree. One area that you would need to pay attention to is the bathroom. There are several bathroom fixtures you would need to modify or install to make it easier for them to use the bathroom on their own or with minimal help. Some of these include:
Bath transfer benches
These are accessories that make it easier for the disabled to safely get into a bath tub or shower with ease. There are different transfer bench designs for different applications. When shopping for transfer benches, it is important to make sure that they are comfortable enough for the individual, since they will use them frequently. The transfer bench should also be able to support the weight of the individual. High quality transfer benches come with maximum weight ratings, so it’s easy for you to choose one that will suit your loved one.
As the name suggests, grab bars are simply bars that are installed on the bathroom wall. They aid the disabled person to grab onto them when getting into a bathtub, when using the toilet or when walking around the bathroom. The grab bars are simple and cheap, and come in different designs depending on how they are going to be used. It is important to have them installed by a professional for several reasons.
First, using the wrong technique might result in a loose attachment that will come apart and make the individual sustain a fall. Also, installing the grab bar might result in damaging the surrounding tiles when it’s not done properly. The jagged edges of exposed tiles constitute a hazard for anyone using the bathroom, since it could easily cause harm. For best results, the grab bar should be installed to support the weight of the individual.
Raised toilet seats
Elderly and disabled individuals may have difficulty in bending down, so using a regular toilet might be difficult for them. Even if they manage to sit on it, standing up may be a problem and could lead to issues such as falls. To counter this, you can buy attachments that are fixed to the toilet to make it higher enough for ease of use. Alternatively, you could visit a bathroom fixtures store to buy handicapped toilet seats to replace the one you have at home. These have features such as increased height and handles at the side that they can grab for stability.
Modified bathroom accessories
It is possible to buy bathroom fixtures that are designed to offer support in addition to providing the service that they are designed for. These include toilet roll holders, bath rings, corner shelves, soap dishes and towel bars with grab bars. All these are sturdily installed to ensure that they can be used to provide support in addition to their other functions. Other accessories you should definitely consider include shower safety mats which reduce the risk of slipping on a wet tile floor.
Bath tub lifts
Bath tub lifts are portable and easy to use devices which raise and lower individuals into any bath tub as needed. This makes it easier for any elderly or disabled individual to use the bath tub on their own, giving them a sense of independence.
The above are just a small selection of bathroom fixtures that can be installed to make it easier and safer for elderly or disabled individuals to use the bathroom. Simply visit a store with a large inventory, and you will come across the above and even more.
If you are building or renovating your bathroom, one of the things you might consider getting is a glass shower enclosure. This accessory has numerous benefits including ease of maintenance, a wide selection of designs and ease of installation. They also prevent water from spilling to the rest of the bathroom, making cleaning up easier.
During the design of glass shower enclosures, there are a few tips which ensure that the final product is sturdy and reliable. When selecting these shower enclosures, looking out for these design tips will ensure that you end up with good value for money. A few of these design tips include:
The angles to use
When a glass shower enclosure is designed, it should ideally be designed with 90, 135 and 180 degree angles between the panes depending on the shape of the enclosure. This is because the vast majority of shower hardware is designed with these angles in mind. Deviation from these angles will result in more difficult installation, and the risk of future problems such as leakages and an increased risk of breakage. When the glass shower enclosure has panes with these angles between them, you will find that the enclosure will be easy to install, and thus cost less to install. In addition to that, the enclosure will function properly. The longevity of these types of a glass shower enclosures ensures that you end up with good value for money both in the long and short terms.
The presence or absence of a shower curb
Glass shower enclosures can be installed with or without a shower curb. The decision on whether to have the curb or not will depend on your needs and preferences. For instance, if you live with an elderly or disabled individual, it may be difficult for them to get into the shower enclosure with the shower curb in place. In such cases, you could install the glass shower enclosure without one. However, you should also consider that without the curb, the risk of water leaking from the bottom of the enclosure to the floor of your bathroom is high, giving you extra work when cleaning up.
The width of the glass panels
When shopping for glass shower enclosures, you should ensure that the panels have a thickness of at least half an inch. This provides the greatest durability, and gives the glass shower enclosure excellent structural integrity. This thickness makes it more difficult to break when you accidentally hit it.
The position of the shower head
When installing the glass shower enclosure, it would be wise to do so in such a manner that the shower head is positioned towards the tiled walls or one of the fixed enclosure panels. This reduces the risk of leakage from the enclosure to the rest of the bathroom. If the shower head must face the enclosure’s doors, you can minimize leakage by installing a showerhead that points vertically downwards, or which has a low flow.
Shower door support
During installation, the wall that will support the hinged door should ideally have studding support behind it. The industry standard is at least double 2x4. It is also wise to ensure that wood studs or blocks are present where the hinges are anchored.
These are just some of the design features you need to consider if you want to install a glass shower enclosure that will last long. Of course, working with contractors who have experience in this field is advisable, since they will ensure that all the above and more are taken care of. They will also ensure that the final product is ready on time, and without spending more than you have expected.
A toilet is one of those things that most people just take for granted and don’t put much thought in it. The truth is that a toilet needs to be bought with careful consideration. Most homes have the same toilet that came with the house years ago. If you want to renovate and change the toilet into a modern model, there are questions you ought to ask in order to maximize your comfort, and get value for your money.
What is my bathroom size?
With renovations or even when building from scratch, the size of your bathroom is always a major consideration that most people forget to consider. When you are considering bathroom ideas, the size determines the design of toilet you fit in. Before you shop for a toilet, you need to measure the size of your space, and the size of the current toilet or bathroom. You do this by measuring from the center of the drain pipe that carries waste away, to the baseboard of the wall. In case of doubt, worry not. Most toilet reviews give directions on how to do the measurements.
What type of toilet bowl should I buy?
When it comes to toilet bowls, there are two basic types of bowls. You can either get a round or elongated bowl. The elongated bowl is slightly larger than the round one by at least 2 inches and provides better sitting comfort. Round bowls are less expensive and are more compact, so if you are tight on space, the round bowl is your best option. You should also think about the bowl height. Most bowls are an average of 14-15 inches high, measured from the floor to the top of the bowl when the seat is up. You can however get higher ones, up to even 19 inches high if you have someone in your household who has challenges sitting on the toilet.
How much water does it use?
A standard toilet uses a flushing power of 1.6 gallons. There are some; however that use 1.28 gallons per flush and the flushing power is impressive. For water conservation, some toilets have air compressors, which flush with a lot of noise than the standard toilet, but are good for saving pennies. There are dual flush toilets that use less than a gallon to dispose liquid waste, perfect for water conservation.
What’s the budget that I should have?
A toilet is something you will be using for many years to come and the least you can do is saving up to buy a really good toilet. If your home has a lot of traffic, especially children, it is important to consider a good quality toilet that will stand the test of time. Look for a qualified contractor too. Might be a bit pricey, but you would much rather pay more for a good job. You may scrimp on the money and get a shoddy job done which would then make you pay more to have the job redone. Cheap is expensive.
Is the chosen toilet practical?
Be careful when you choose toilets with fancy features like unusual flush systems. In the event that you need to replace them, they will cost you even more time and money. Be practical and more especially if you have small children who are bound to get into mischief. Only consider these fancy features if you only have responsible adults using the toilet.
Toilets are an investment in durability, comfort and convenience. They are a feature in your home that needs to be carefully considered and dynamics are different for every home. It is important to put into consideration every member of the family so that no one gets inconvenienced by your choice. Do your research well and choose well too!
Showers are fast and convenient. They are invigorating in the morning, and therapeutic and relaxing after a hard day’s work. A shower needs an enclosure for privacy and also to keep the water in to prevent accidents. If you want to purchase shower enclosures in the best way possible, there are things that have to be considered before choosing the shower enclosure:
Consider your space
If you are doing bathroom renovations, assess the amount of space available in your bathroom so that you can work with what you have. Look for a shower enclosure that fits the available space and shower walls that will fit to precision. If it is a new shower, then be sure to check the floor plan and mark where the water pipes will run through. Make an allowance for doors as windows so that they do not clash. You do not want the bathroom door banging into the shower entrance and blocking it. You have the option of the two most popular enclosures, two walls and three walls. The former favors smaller spaces and the latter larger spaces.
Check if the shower door can fit
To minimize costs, you can always go traditional and choose the shower rod and shower curtain - plain and simple. Depending on the space you can afford, a shower enclosure can have a door with a single hinge that opens either inwards or outward. This is common with corner shower enclosures. A glass door give the enclosure a sharp, modern look and has very little hardware involved, maybe just hinges and a chrome handle. A sliding door is meant for a bigger space or limited space. It does not open either inward or outward and needs very little space. A framed sliding door is a great option except it takes a lot of effort to clean along the door track, definitely something to consider especially if the shower has a lot of traffic.
Functionality is important
You need to accessorize and personalize your shower enclosure for that enjoyable experience. You can do this by adding accessories that make your shower less of a hassle. You can add a corner shelf that functions as a hold it all for your shower gel and shampoos. Functionality is important for such small enclosures and it is imperative that you maximize on space and also keep it decorative. Chrome and glass looks exceptional in bathroom and shower spaces. If your space it too tight, you can install shelving units that cab double up as storage for towels, wash cloths or extra tissue rolls.
Material of shower enclosure
Most shower enclosures are made of, but not restricted to glass. Do your research and comparisons, then make an informed decision according to what is available and practical. The most common material for the shower surround is tiles, but could also be anything else, even from natural or manufactured stone. If by chance you decide on glass as your material of choice, it would be wise if you settled on treated glass, which is coated with a protective film to guard against hard water stains. The coating that covers the glass makes it easy to clean and prevent ageing caused by the chemical deposits.
After a hard day’s work, it is glorious to shower off the fatigue and feel relaxed. A shower enclosure provides some privacy to a certain degree, and prevents water from the shower spray from wetting the rest of the bathroom floor. Whether you are renovating or installing a shower enclosure from scratch, it is important to do your research properly. Do your research widely on the shower price and the materials to use. The space that you have and it limitations are also a critical consideration. All in all, functionality must marry beauty. Your choice should make sure this marriage happens!
Soaking in a bathtub is a relaxing way to end a day. A scented bubble bath after a long day is a soothing way to ease the stress of a tough day at work. When you need to meditate, a bathtub comes in handy, a truly unique experience. There are considerations that you should make before installing a bathtub.
Your space size
This is the first thing that you should consider before even buying a bathtub. The size of your bathroom space will determine the style of bathtub. Your personal choice also matters in the sense that you may want to leave space around the tub for a tiled ledge to place a glass of wine or candles. A tub’s longest space is its middle, so always make sure your space can accommodate this measurement.
Think about your budget
As always, this should be a major consideration. A bathtub is not something you fit every day, so the bathtub price should be affordable, and not out of your reach. At the same time, remember cheap is expensive, and make sure you go for good quality bathtubs. Before you start saving for the tub, you would do well to research on the different tubs available and their prices, then save accordingly.
Consider your lifestyle
It is important that you consider what your lifestyle is like, and what you need the bathtub for. It could be that you need the bathtub purely for normal uses like bathing the children or washing the curtains. If the bathtub will be used for bathing children, then a deep bathtub is not what you need. A bathtub is an almost once in a lifetime thing, so if you have children, consider having a normal bathtub, at least until the children are all grown and you can change it to suit your comfort. If you have no young children, then by all means, have a bathtub that you desire.
Make sure it is comfortable for the user
You need to make sure you consider who the users will be. There is absolutely no need to have a large bathtub for a tiny person. The shape of the bathtub matters a lot. Look at the manufacturer’s website and check the slope of the tub. To push it a little further, when you go shopping in bathroom showrooms, ensure you lie in it and test how comfortable it feels.
A bathtub needs to be cozy and intimate for that perfect experience. In the same spirit of comfort, make sure that if you are considering a whirlpool tub, the jets are in a spot of your liking. Some people like them directed at their backs, some at the feet. Place them where you would be most comfortable with, after all, it is meant to be for your luxury.
Reinforce the flooring
Deep soaking tubs hold a lot of water and are very heavy when full, thus the pressure on the floor beneath is immense. Make sure that the floor you are laying your tub on, is strong enough to withhold the pressure. Make sure you consult with a contractor to find out whether your floor can withhold the added pressure. If not, then he will advise you on how to reinforce the floor.
Bathtubs are a personal experience. What suits one person will not suit another. Our motives are also never the same for soaking in a tub, but whatever the reason, we all need to enjoy that bubble bath. A lot of factors come into play when choosing a bathtub. Since a bathtub is not something you buy every day, be very keen in choice and in research, lest you make a very costly mistake that you will regret for a long time to come.
Bathroom vanity; check… bathtub; check… and bathroom fixtures; check. Well, if you think your bathroom is complete, think again. There are many other things to add that will make the space more stylish and functional than you can ever imagine. Let's take a look at bathroom furniture that you can use to spruce up your bathroom further.
Head and back rest for the bathtub
Plunging in the bathtub every once in a while is like splurging in something you have long wanted to do. Well, when you are given the chance to spend an hour or two soaking yourself in the tub, you want to make sure the rest of the experience is enjoyable for you. Buy a head and back rest that you can make use of as you enjoy the cold water (or hot water as the case maybe). Bathe like there is no tomorrow with this great piece around.
A room divider is perfect for your varying needs when it comes to using the bathroom. It can add more privacy into the area as well. You can use one portion of the divider to give you a dressing area. You can also add a mirror to another to see how you have been dressing for the day. One part may also serve as the towel holder and the other can incorporate shelves to hold your other bathroom necessities.
When you feel like there is not much space in your bathroom for an additional piece of furniture that you can make use of as a table or as an extra seat, the metal stool is a good option to place inside the space. Metal stools come in funky and fun-to-play with shades that will definitely match the requirements of your bathroom. It can even serve as a side table where you can put some flowers or ornaments that will lighten up the area.
After looking at the space that is left in your bathroom and realising that there is really nothing you can make use of for a metal stool, a wall-mounted seat will be a great alternative. It is a very functional add-on apart from being a space saver of course. You can even have the seat mounted to the walls of your shower area. Simply choose a water-resistant material that is easy to clean so that mould and mildew will not buildup on it in the long run.
When you have more-than-enough bathroom space then it will be a nice idea to add a linen cabinet into that empty space of yours. The linen cabinet can be used to organise your things most especially bathroom linens and all other essentials that you want to be within your reach when you are using the area. You can have the cabinet installed close to your vanity. Make sure it complements the material that makes up the vanity.
Cart on wheels
A more modern storage idea is the cart on wheels. Yes, this storage or organiser will be of great help if you want better accessibility to all the things that you need, from your bathroom towels to your toiletries. You can leave it standing on an empty space when not in use. What is good about this additional furniture is you can add some decorative element atop it. This will make it a real beautiful sight inside your bathroom.
There are a lot of bathroom pieces that will go well with any bathroom. If you want to make sure you are making the right choice, visiting bathroom showrooms will be a good idea. See to it that you ask ideas that bathroom experts have when it comes to adding aesthetics and functionality into your space.
Whether you are remodelling your bathroom for the purpose of adding a shower enclosure or to replace that fixture, you have to remember that getting things right this time is very crucial. Take note that shower enclosures are not just about the style you have in mind. It is also about all other elements that must go well with it. Of course, you want that space to be more relaxing than ever thus you must never commit a mistake in your plan. To help you with, here are things to include in your shower enclosure design checklist.
Your options for shower enclosures
One of the first things that should come to mind when contemplating on a faultless shower enclosure design is the different types to choose from for such fixtures. Glass shower enclosures, in particular, are made of tempered glass to provide that stability and safety you are looking for. Your choices, in this regard, include patterned, frosted, tinted, clear and ultra-clear enclosures. When choosing from amongst these options, you need to give high regard to the cleaning experience, making sure that you will not have a hard time. Add to this, you must also consider the longevity thus it will be nice to check if the glass enclosure comes with a protected surface.
The type of doors used on shower enclosures
There are several types to choose from along this line – amongst them are bypass doors, swinging doors and frameless sliding doors. Any of these doors will do as long as you have considered factors such as aesthetics, accessibility and clearance. On top of all these factors, you must also see to it that the type of door you go for will meet the special needs of whoever will make use of the enclosure. Take note too that semi-frameless shower enclosures are also available for purchase.
As mentioned awhile back, your choice of shower enclosure is not just about the type of enclosure that you must have in remodelling your bathroom. It must also include all other things that go in it. One such particular item that your checklist should include then is the tilework. When you have a glass shower enclosure, the tilework matters a lot. You want to make sure that your tiles will not obstruct any view and will work well with hardware elements that you will incorporate in the remodel later on.
Speaking of hardware elements, this is also another aspect that is important in a shower enclosure design. This is comprised of a lot of things including hinges and handles. This will also involve the framing for the enclosure and the towel bar. All of these elements should go well with the enclosure and the overall bathroom design in its totality.
Apart from the items mentioned above, there are other essentials that you must not forget in your shower enclosure design. One is the seating which must at all times provide a refreshing shower experience to the person who will make use of the space. Another is the showerhead which comes in modern and traditional varieties that aim to provide you with what you need to make bathing time a great time.
Of course, you must remember the importance of the curb which will give you the correct angle in your enclosure and will make you avoid any further leakage issues in the future. Remember that curb-less shower enclosures are also available these days. You may also want to include glass shelves and steam shower options in the space.
These are but some of the most important items to include in your checklist when you are thinking of remodelling or incorporating shower enclosures in your bathroom. Feel free to visit our pages to check out the different options!
Every bathroom needs its own drain. You see, drains are often overlooked and since people think that it is specifically used to help absorb any excess water coming out of the sink and shower, there is no need to choose a great design that will go with the entire space. Well, whilst that is true, you still have to take things a notch higher when choosing your bathroom drains. Nothing can go wrong if you try to choose from amongst the most modern drain designs there are in the market today. Examples of which are the following.
Modern drains in sinks and showers come in various styles and forms that you will never imagine. Included in the list is no less than the so-called teardrop drain which is a great addition to your bathroom sinks. It is named as such because of the teardrop patterns seen on the drain. The best thing about getting this contemporary type of drain is you can get them in finishes that will definitely suit the color of the bathroom or the sink that you have.
Linear shower drain
Many of you define a modern bathroom by its uniqueness and sleekness. If you really want to achieve that overall look without compromising the look of your drains, linear shower drain designs are the best choices for you to have. It is definitely sleek and gifted with the so-called long channel design. This makes it easier to drain any excess water coming out of the shower. The grates are also removable thus you never need to spend so much time cleaning them whenever you need to.
2 tile-in drain
If you want a drain that looks like it fits the design of your shower area's flooring, you can always opt to choose the so-called 2 tile-in drain. Yes, this option is so modern – you or any other person who uses the shower will think it is invisible. Meaning, it is like there is no drain existing at all.
The strainer drain is a faultless drain design that meets the requirements of a modern shower area. It comes with a stainless steel design with a variety of finishes that will make it easier for you to choose one that will be best suited for the way your bathroom looks. It is large enough that it can take up as much water going down the pipes as you want.
Push button drains
You may be aware of those push button drains – one that you simply need to push to get excess water away from your sink. This design is very simple to look at yet it is perfect for a minimalist bathroom. It is good to note as well that these push button designs will never allow water to overflow on your sink. Push it to either open or seal the drain. A variation of this one is the dome drain which comes in various finishes.
Perforated shower drain
Another great addition to your list of modern options for your shower drains is the perforated shower drain. The design patterns of the drain look like bubbles with big and small circles serving as the holes to it. It looks very playful yet elegant to fit your shower requirements. It comes with unique finishes including those of the polished nickel or chrome and the satin nickel. Aged brass is yet another finish that you may opt for when you choose this drain.
Your bathroom drain does not need to look dull. Always remember that with the emerging modern designs to choose from, you can be sure they will suit your showers and sinks the way you want them to. If you want to have more ideas, do feel free to browse our catalogue of bathroom fixtures. We have a list of items that will complement your contemporary bathroom.
Vinpow Bath Centre offers the best selection of bathroom vanities and other bathroom fixtures. Whether your bathroom is going modern or traditional, our modern bathroom vanities, traditional bathroom vanities, faucets, shower enclosures, shower panels, bathtubs, mosaics, toilets, tiles and bathroom accessories, are available at discounted prices. Having served the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and its nearby cities for about 10 years, Vinpow Bath Centre is known as one of the bathroom solution providers. We have showrooms in Markham, Oshawa and Mississauga. Welcome to visit our showrooms! Our professional customer service staff are here to provide you the best services and suggestions.