A roll-in shower by definition is a waterproof area large enough for an individual in a wheelchair to shower independently while remaining in the wheelchair. Designing a shower as a roll-in does not have to affect the rest of the bathroom design or style. Building a roll-in shower is simple and easily incorporated into the bathroom design with just a few additional steps and requirements.
Things You'll Need
- Mosaic tile or acrylic base with no threshold
- Positionable shower head on bar
- Shower controls with lever handle
- Tile or acrylic walls
Provide a space for the shower of a minimum of 36 inches by 60 inches, with a recommended size of 60 inches wide by 60 inches deep with a doorway or entryway size at least 42 inches wide.
Tile the floor of the bathroom and the shower with mosaic tiles of 2 inches or smaller to accommodate the pitch of the drain, while allowing for barrier-free entry. Alternatively, use an acrylic base for the shower floor that will sit flush with the floor of the bathroom.
Install a shower valve and hand shower on a positionable bar with the valve positioned approximately 38 inches off the finished floor. Include a lever handle on the shower valve for universal access and ease of use.
Tile the walls of the shower to a minimum of 72 inches off the finished floor, with a recommended height of 3 inches above the highest point of a shower head above this height. Alternatively, install acrylic walls to a minimum of 72 inches off the finished floor.