Accessibility comes from freedom – and freedom in the bathroom means no tripping hazards and a wide shower entry. Our HÜPPE experts will tell you what to keep in mind when planning a modern and spacious floor-flush shower in your bathroom. Incidentally: Such a barrier-free bathroom is not only trendy, but also a real investment for the future.
How to install a floor-flush shower
No compromises: A flat shower tray should really be installed level with the floor!
There must be a maximum difference in height of two centimetres and no edge to the floor. The legislator, who has defined minimum standards for "barrier-free usable" bathrooms (DIN 18040-2), does permit a slight slope, however.
The flat HÜPPE EasyFlat shower tray, for example, fulfils these requirements when installed in compliance with the regulations. It is optionally also available with a non-slip surface for even firmer footing.
Plan a wide entry to your floor-flush shower
A floor-flush shower only becomes really comfortable to use if the entry is large enough. It should be at least 80 centimetres wide, which is the minimum width for "barrier-free usable" bathrooms as prescribed by the legislator. What our experts recommend:
Folding swing doors
Folding swing doors, such as those from the HÜPPE Solva series, are the ideal solution since the doors can be fully folded away against the wall.
Sliding doors from the HÜPPE Xtensa pure series, for instance, also save space because there is no need for additional room in front of the shower area to open the doors.
Walk-In showers like those from the HÜPPE Studio series dispense with doors altogether, and therefore offer the highest degree of comfort for entering the shower.
Special regulations concerning wheelchair accessibility must be taken into consideration
Anyone planning a barrier-free shower for wheelchair users should remember that it must be possible to use it in a wheelchair without any restrictions whatsoever. The legislator has extended the DIN 18040-2 standard and stipulated a minimum width of 120 x 120 cm for shower areas suitable for wheelchairs. A standardised floor-flush shower accordingly requires a minimum entry width of 90 cm.
What else is important for a floor-flush shower?
Plan your floor-level shower so that no components such as piping or a radiator restrict the freedom of movement. To prevent injuries, single lever fittings should be installed in a barrier-free shower with the levers pointing downwards.
The bathroom walls must be strong enough to support upward folding grip rails and a folding shower seat.
A little tip: Plan an even room illumination for your shower, preferably with wall lamps on both sides of the mirror.