Adding a walk-in shower to your bathroom greatly improves the safety and accessibility of your space. With this type of shower, you can comfortably wash yourself without assistance and without fear of falling and seriously injuring yourself. And while walk-in showers have everything you need to shower safely already built into them, there are a few convenience features you might want to add on your own to make them even more accessible and enjoyable to use.
While these showers do have some built-in storage, many people have more showering products than they can fit in the 1 or 2 shelves that are included. If that’s the case for you, consider adding some additional storage to your shower. A simple corner shelf set close by your shower seat can be an easy-to-reach storage solution to keep your shampoo, conditioner, and other products handy without having to stand up.
Above all, if you’re adding storage to your shower, make sure that it doesn’t create any new hazards. If it’s going on the floor, make sure it’s tucked somewhere that you can’t trip over it. And avoid shower caddies that hang over the showerhead; these are not easy to reach and create opportunities for you to slip and fall while retrieving items.
This might not be something that you install in your walk-in shower, but it is definitely something that makes using your shower more convenient and accessible. Hanging your towel on a hook across the room requires you to cross the tile on wet, slippery feet—and it’s cold and uncomfortable to boot! A towel dropped on the floor outside the shower is difficult to retrieve for those with reduced mobility and creates the chance of a nasty fall.
Install a towel bar close beside your walk-in shower. Better yet, get one that you can put right on the shower door, so your towel is always in easy reach.
Walk-in showers are designed for safety and accessibility, so their floors already have an anti-slip coating. But they’re also hard and uncomfortable. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious while still protecting yourself, look for a cushioned anti-slip mat to install in your shower. These can be incredibly soft, so you’ll feel like you’re stepping onto a pillow instead of into a shower stall—and you’ll still be protected from slips and falls.
While walk-in showers are already carefully constructed to protect you and make showering independently easy, you can still make upgrades! Try some of these items to make your shower more convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable for you.