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How to Build a Roll-in Shower

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Mosaic tile or acrylic base with no threshold
  • Positionable shower head on bar
  • Shower controls with lever handle
  • Tile or acrylic walls

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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Tip

    If desired, install a splash guard of glass directly in front of the shower head, where the user will be seated. Leave the rest of the shower open to facilitate ease of use.

Things You Will Need

  • Mosaic tile or acrylic base with no threshold
  • Positionable shower head on bar
  • Shower controls with lever handle
  • Tile or acrylic walls

Tip

  • If desired, install a splash guard of glass directly in front of the shower head, where the user will be seated. Leave the rest of the shower open to facilitate ease of use.

About the Author

Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.

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