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How to make an oddly shaped bathroom safe.

7 September 2017

An oddly shaped bathroom should not be deemed a hindrance when looking to create a safe and practical adaption. Design is the key and we encourage you to embrace it and not fight the limitations that maybe present.

The truth is, with careful planning, executing clever designs and being selective with your product or solution choices your oddly shaped bathroom could actually be the basis of a completely unique stylish and accessible suite.

The first, and arguably the most important, step is recognising potential limitations, embracing them and having a willingness to work with them for the greater good. These limitations can present themselves in many a different form but traditionally speaking will include one of the following:

  • Alcoves
  • Sloping Ceilings
  • Angled Walls
  • Bulk Heads
  • Cylinder & Boiler Cupboards

Alcoves

Alcoves should not be deemed an unusable or unattractive space because, with a little bit of imagination, they can be transformed into a bespoke storage area, enhanced further with the installation of featured spot lights or purpose built, and easily accessible made to measure units.

As a result of exploiting every nook and cranny and utilising it to your advantage you can create a clean and minimalistic look by concealing unattractive, however necessary, ‘clutter’.

Sloping Ceilings, Angled Walls & Bulk Heads

Large and vast in appearance sloping ceilings, angled walls & bulk heads are by far the biggest cause for concern when it comes to adapting a bathroom or creating a completely accessible shower room; especially if the area isn’t big to begin with.

The secret is to work with what you’ve got, because, depending on a number of influencing factors, there is often scope to incorporate the intruding feature into the refurbishment project by using it to your advantage.

Whether installing a bespoke level access shower unit, a safe and practical wet room or creating a totally bespoke run of accessible furniture along an angled wall there are ways and means to consume these limitations within the design and enhance your overall refurbishment.

Cylinder & Boiler Cupboards

The unattractive problem with a cylinder or boiler cupboard which is located in the bathroom is the large chunk of space that it consumes in a room which, when wheel-chair access is required, can present a whole host of manoeuvrability problems.

The truth is, if your room is simply not big enough to meet your individual bathing requirements you may have to consider removing / relocating it. However it is also possible you may be able to embrace the offending intrusion and utilise the corner space it creates to your advantage.

Things like installing a wall-to-wall walk-in shower tray with bi-folding doors, an end-to-end easy access bath or a wet floor system with retractable shower curtain (be mindful the floor would have to sloped to ensure water does not pool), there are always things your designer can do to keep costs down, rather than moving your boiler, and the above is just a small selection of the possibilities.


Remember, the first and most important step to overcoming these limitations is to embrace them. Through careful planning, executing clever designs and being creative with your product or solution choices your oddly shaped bathroom could actually be the basis of a completely unique safe & practical adaptation.

More Ability, part of the Passmore Group, is Yorkshires leading and most experienced bath & shower room specialist for all types of stylish, safe & practical and bespoke solutions. Offering a fully project managed design & installation service we pride ourselves on meeting individual wants, needs and aspirational requirements for both the public & private sector.

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