How to Make any Property Accessible in 7 Easy Steps

By accessibleproperty

February 13, 2020

Making your house disability accessible can be expensive, for sure, but it’s also kind of inevitable once you have to do it.

Depending on the situation and the type of disability that you or the people that are going to live in the property have, making the home more accessible will differ.

So, going over the things that you need to do to make your bathroom all the way to make sure the doors and even the kitchen is easily accessible, let’s go down the rabbit hole and explore this vast topic.

And it all starts with choosing the right flooring.

Probably the most important thing, when you’re looking to make a home more accessible, is choosing the right flooring. After all, having proper, nonslippery flooring is quite important.

Especially if you’re having a wheelchair in the home, having a non-obstructive flooring is the most important accessibility feature in the house. This means that you should make sure any stairs are wheelchair accessible.

Luckily hardwood floors and laminate are both suitable options for wheelchairs and will stay looking good for years to come with minimal maintenance. Tiles are also a good option if you’re wondering what to place in your kitchen or bathroom. And speaking of the bathroom let’s go over...

How to make the bathroom disability accessible.

After choosing your flooring it comes time to work on one of the hardest places to make disability accessible -- the bathroom. Why the hardest? Well, you’ll have to change pretty much everything. And yes, that’s expensive.

You’ll need to place rails around the toilet to make sure it’s usable. The same thing goes to placing rails around the bathroom and a low washbasin. And don’t forget to install a proper toilet. Of course with so many types of toilets out there, reading a toilet seat guide can be super helpful in making choosing yours.

And it comes time to make sure the kitchen is easily usable.

Kitchens are kind of tricky because you have lower cabinets, which are common, but you also have a lot of the cabinets above the kitchen. While those can be left as they are, having lower working spaces available as well as base storage.

This also includes low appliance placing and any switches placed at appropriate heights. Base storage should be large enough to store household products and kitchen cutlery.

Don’t forget to make sure the doors are the appropriate width.

Moving around the house in a wheelchair can be a bit of a hassle. This makes it super inconvenient, but it’s something most people with disabilities have to deal with.

The best way to make sure everyone can move freely within the home is to make all the doorways at least 100 centimetres wide. Also, make sure to make all the doors easily opened.

Then it comes time to make sure the bedroom is usable.

The biggest change in the bedroom will be the bed itself. It’s going to make a huge difference when you choose a proper mattress.

Whether you’ll choose a firmer or softer one will depend on what is most comfortable for you. If you are going to spend most of the time bedroom bound, choosing an adjustable bed is going to make your life so much better.

And don’t forget to have easy access to phones throughout the house.

When you’re thinking of ways to make your home more accessible, installing phones throughout the property can help in any emergencies for the person to quickly and more easily have access to a telephone.

And today placing a couple of stationary phones isn’t that expensive as well, most of them costing less than £50 each. For a three bedroom apartment, you can easily have the whole house equipped with easy-access telephones.

And don’t forget to make sure the staircases are safe to use.

Whether you’re having elderly people living in the home, or someone with impaired vision, assuring all staircases are safe to use is of utmost importance.

Installing handrails can help limit the chance for someone to fall. We even recommend you go the extra step and install rubber padding that will help with traction. If you need to make your home wheelchair accessible you can always go with wheelchair lifts that are specifically designed for the staircase you need.

When it comes to figuring out how to make your home more accessible always the best choice is to sit down and thoroughly think about what changes you should make and what would be best suitable for your situation.