Five Steps to Choosing a Shower or Tub for your Accessible Bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom with a barrier free shower or walk in tub can be a big task, especially if you are not familiar with the variety of accessible bathroom products available. Fortunately, there’s no need to scroll through an exhaustive list with confusing product numbers – leave that to us. We’re always available to help you find what you need, but reviewing the following suggestions will definitely help narrow down your search.

  1. THINK OF YOUR SAFE BATHING NEEDS – Do you need a barrier free shower that is wheelchair accessible, or do you want the relaxing soak of a walk-in tub? Do you want a glass shower door now, but want the option to convert it to a barrier-free shower later on? It’s important to look at your needs now as well as into the future, so you won’t have to remodel your bathroom in another few years.
  2. TAKE SHOWER STALL MEASUREMENTS – Measure the shower length and width of the framing pocket (stud to stud) to give you the shower dimensions to search for. If you still have your old shower in, measure wall to wall for length, and back wall to the current shower or tub’s edge for depth. Make sure to account for the drywall, which is usually 5/8” thick in residential homes, and add this measurement to each wall measured. For example, if your shower area measured 58 ¾” wide from wall-to-wall and 31 ¼” deep from your back wall to the current shower or tub’s edge, you’ll search for a 60 x 32” unit.We recommend consulting your contractor first, but you may be able to go an inch smaller or larger than you measured. To make searching for your dimensions easier, we’ve made the Barrier-free and Remodeler categories organized by size, smallest to largest, on our website.
  3. DECIDE ON YOUR THRESHOLD AND DRAIN LOCATION – These two points are important enough to mention on their own. If you have decided on a shower, there are two types of thresholds you should be aware of. Standard thresholds, as featured in the Remodeler showers, are typically 5-6” high, requiring you to step over the curb. Barrier-free showers, on the other hand, have thresholds 2 ¼” or less and are available as traditional bull-nose or beveled. These shower curbs are low enough to roll a wheelchair into, if needed.Drains are available on the left, right or center. You can determine your drain position by facing your existing shower or tub unit and noting its current position from your perspective.
  4. CHOOSE YOUR STYLE – You deserve to have the shower or tub unit you want, so the aesthetic details can be just as important. Choosing a tile pattern or selecting custom and accent coloring will ensure you have a shower or tub unit that not only is functional but beautiful, as well. Also, some showers have neo-angle or two-wall options.
  5. DON’T FORGET YOUR SAFETY BARS AND SHOWER SEATS – Usually an afterthought, but shower and bathtub accessories are just as important to your safe bathing needs. Plus, you could significantly save by including shower accessories with your order. Have you thought about safety bars, shower seats, curtains, shower heads, drains and others?In the case of Best Bath products, you can find a list of recommended accessories on the Specifications Sheet. These can be found on our website on every product page under the Documents tab.
  6. Knowing what to look for is half the battle. Once you’ve narrowed down your options and identified your needs – for now and into the future – you can focus on finding the best pricing and discounts to make choosing your safe bathing solution a hassle-free and cost-effective experience.

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