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When designing a new bathroom understandably we look for current trends and features that meet our existing needs, however, it is smart to do some forward-thinking and designing for the future makes good economic sense. Future-proofing your bathroom or en-suite is no longer about adding clinical looking accessories or sacrificing a contemporary look and it can add 3-5% to the value of your home.

A new range of glass shower enclosures offers the designer the freedom to blend both style and substance. The Project Space shower enclosure gives a large opening of up to 1830mm while utilising minimal floor space. A walk-in or sliding glass shower offers the most accessible option for all ages and can suit a range of mobility needs including those of wheelchair users.

The new accessible glass shower enclosure from Go Glass.

And so there’s no need to compromise on style any longer. Why not add an etched design or edge light the glass for effect. Use a different finish such as brass, black or compliment other fittings in the bathroom by having a custom finish applied.

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Corner Sliding glass shower enclosure

Go Glass are a family owned independent glass design company shortlisted for glass company of the year in 2017 and 2018. The full range of products can be seen on the company’s website goglass.co.uk

A good accessible frameless glass shower merges functionality with elegant design, ensuring safety, comfort, and ease of use for all individuals, including those with mobility challenges. The key features that define a high-quality accessible frameless glass shower include:

1. Barrier-Free Entry

A truly accessible design features a barrier-free or low-threshold entry that eliminates the need to step over a high ledge, reducing the risk of trips and falls. This design allows for easy entry and exit, accommodating individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids.

2. Non-Slip Flooring

Safety is paramount in an accessible shower. The floor should be constructed of non-slip materials to prevent accidents, even when wet. Textured tiles or specialized non-slip coatings can provide the necessary grip underfoot to ensure stability and confidence while using the shower.

3. Spacious Interior

An accessible frameless glass shower should offer ample space to move around comfortably, allowing for a full range of motion and the ability to accommodate a wheelchair or seated shower bench. The space should also facilitate easy assistance by caregivers if necessary.

4. Grab Bars

Sturdy, well-placed grab bars are essential for safety and independence. These should be installed within easy reach to provide support while entering, exiting, and moving within the shower. Grab bars should be made of durable materials with a non-slip surface for a secure grip.

5. Adjustable Shower Heads

An accessible shower should feature a handheld showerhead that can be easily adjusted for height or removed for handheld use. This flexibility allows individuals of different heights and mobility levels to shower comfortably and independently.

6. Easy-to-Use Controls

Shower controls and valves should be easy to operate, requiring minimal strength or dexterity. Thermostatic controls can prevent sudden temperature changes, reducing the risk of scalding. Controls should be placed within easy reach from both standing and seated positions.

7. Frameless Glass Design

The frameless glass design not only adds a sleek, modern aesthetic to the bathroom but also eliminates frames that could obstruct access or pose a hazard. The clear glass enhances visibility, making the shower feel more spacious and less claustrophobic, which is particularly beneficial for users with mobility or visual impairments.

8. Bench Seating

Incorporating a built-in or fold-down bench within the shower can provide a secure place to sit while showering, enhancing comfort and safety for those who cannot stand for extended periods.

9. Adequate Lighting

Good lighting is crucial in an accessible shower to ensure safety and ease of use. Bright, non-glare lighting helps to prevent accidents and makes it easier to use the shower controls and accessories.

10. Emergency Assistance

Consideration should be given to emergency response features, such as an easily accessible call button or pull cord within the shower, to provide peace of mind for users and their families.

A well-designed accessible frameless glass shower addresses the needs of individuals with varying levels of mobility, promoting independence and dignity while ensuring safety and comfort. By incorporating these features, you can create a functional, stylish, and inclusive bathroom environment.