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How to choose your anti-slip mats, shower seats and bath frames?

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Bathrooms should be equipped to suit their users - including those with limited mobility. To make sure everyone can access the shower or bath without risk of falling, there are some really helpful accessories available: non-slip mats, hold bars and shower seats.

Important features

  • Different types
  • Uses
  • Safety accessories

Non-slip bathroom mats


Placed on the bottom of the bath, a non-slip mat can prevent falls, safeguarding both young and old alike. These mats often come with suckers or anti-slip strips for optimal adherence to the surface of the bathtub. Non-slip mats come in a variety of types:
  • wooden duckboard, for an attractive touch
  • perforated rubber, for safety, comfort and style
  • combi-type, to use inside or outside the bath
  • with a temperature gauge
The size and shape of the mat depends on whether it's for use in a shower or bath; colour can be an important factor for some people.


Bathroom safety accessories

There are a few other accessories that play a key role in ensuring safety and accessibility for elderly and limited-mobility people in your bathroom.


Shower seat

This accessory lets less mobile individuals use the shower independently without fear of falling. Shower seats are available in a few different variants.





Folding shower seat



Fixed to the wall, these models have a collapsible kickstand over the shower tray. The stand ensures stability when the seat is in use.





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Mobile shower seat
 

In the form of a stool or with a backrest, this type of seat can easily be moved from one room to another.








Bath frame

This accessory is perfect for aiding limited-mobility users into the bath. It might also be sold as a hold bar and basically gives a secure handhold while climbing into the bath, sitting down or standing up into a shower - as well as to maintain balance while showering. Bathroom frames are available in a range of types:
  • straight, placed at a 45° to the floor to give an easy handhold
  • bent to help with turning
  • multiple smaller handles for easier access and turning


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