Proper Bathroom Clearances

 How Bestbath’s Shower Reveal Can Help

 

Designing an ADA-compliant bathroom can be a challenge, especially when it comes to balancing a clients’ safety needs with their bathroom wishlist.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an adequate amount of clear floor space in the bathroom for people with physical challenges to move around freely.

Sounds simple enough, but this becomes especially difficult when working with the area around a shower. Even more so when you’re working with limited space.

Here’s the problem: most showers or bathrooms are set back into an alcove or a pocket between two framed walls, creating unused space between the edge of the shower and the edge of the wall.

This unused space not only shrinks the bathing area, but it also becomes a barrier for people with physical disabilities to maneuver around. For those in a wheelchair, this severely limits their ability to pull close enough to the shower and safely transfer themselves onto a bench.

Using specialty trim kits or designing custom solutions used to be the only option for designers and contractors. It was frustrating, impractical, expensive, and difficult to coordinate.

A practical solution to this all-too-common scenario? Bestbath’s Shower Reveal.


 

 

 

What is a shower reveal?
A shower reveal extends the structure and finish of the interior walls of a shower to make a 90-degree turn. When the install is finished, the bathroom drywall butts up against the reveal, creating a seamless extension of the shower.

 

 



How does it work?

A Shower Reveal extends the edge of the shower to the edge of the adjoining walls, eliminating all that unused space and clearing the floorspace in front of the shower. Those in wheelchairs can now move closer to the shower, enabling them to enter more easily and safely than before.

 

 


The bottom line: A shower reveal not only makes it easier for designers to be ADA-compliant, but it also helps them meet the aging-in-place and universal design goals of their clients. They are available for showers, shower/tub combos, shower pans and tubs.

 

Whether it’s a new construction or a retrofit, reveals can be an ideal solution for projects that require meeting a diverse set of needs and abilities.