"Consumer demand for special needs showers is growing as the population ages and the number of people with disabilities increase. The bathroom is a key area in the home where elderly and less able people have the most difficulties."

With the trend toward inclusive design, the focus is on quality and design solutions for everyone.

Level Access and Low Level Access Shower Trays

What makes an accessible tray different to a regular domestic tray?

  • Accessible shower trays can be recessed into the floor to give level access (0mm) entry threshold, or mounted on the surface of the floor to give a low level access (32mm) entry.

  • For users with wheeled chairs, a level entry (0mm) will be the most preferable option, achievable either with a shower tray that is recessed into the floor, or with a wet floor former that creates a wet room (see below).

  • For users with reduced mobility, a low level access shower tray can be suitable as the entry level is only very low (32mm) and therefore the showering area is very easy to step into. A ramp can also be used if needed.

  • An accessible tray must have a greater weight capacity to allow for 2 people (the user and a nurse or care provider) in the showering area. A regular domestic tray does not withstand the pressure points that a wheelchair requires, therefore an accessible tray with a weight capacity of 380kg/60 stone is needed for all customer requirements.

  • Another advantage of the design of an accessible tray is that the size is flexible, can be customised, and can be cut to length (and also width depending on the model) on site.

  • Accessible trays may feature options such as antibacterial protection to inhibit the bacterial growth on the coated surfaces. It is recommended to consider this for public spaces such as care homes, nursing homes, clinics or hospitals.

  • Accessible trays should be resilient and yet lightweight for the installer. This is not possible to achieve with a regular domestic tray given the typical materials used such as acrylic, resin or porcelain.

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Wet Rooms

What is a wet room?
Wet rooms provide the most accessible and open showering area possible, a wet floor former is recessed into the the floor below and covered with either tiles or vinyl flooring. The zero entry threshold is well suited to wheelchair users as the entry point is completely level allowing the easiest possible access to the showering area.

Why should I choose a wet room?
Wet rooms are a stylish and modern looking solution for any home and are perfectly suitable for all members of the family, regardless of age or mobility levels.

How can I make it watertight if I'm using tiles?
For a tiled floor covering, a tanking kit is recommended to provide a waterproof protection for the sub floor as the grout may break down over time.

How is a wet room installed?
Please see our 5 step installation overview by clicking HERE

Combi

Example of shower tray recessed for a 0mm entry, shown with half height chrome shower doors with safety glass panels.


Ramp

Shower Tray Corner Ramp.

Easa Dek

Example of a finished Wet Room former installed with tiles, shown here with half height white shower doors with polycarbonate panels.

Installation Overview