What defines a floor-level shower?
A shower is described as accessible or floor-level if the shower tray can be accessed at ground level. Accessible showers must comply with a standardised norm – DIN standard 18040-2. This standard specifies the following criteria
- The threshold between the floor and the shower tray must not be more than two centimetres high. However, it is advisable to build it as close to floor level as possible.
- The minimum size of the movement area is 120 x 120 centimetres.
- The floor of the shower tray must be non-slip to reduce the risk of slipping.
- The shower tray must also be accessible with a walking frame.
- The shower wall should allow a seat and grab handle to be retrofitted if necessary.
- A single-lever mixer should be chosen for the taps and fittings, as this is particularly easy to use and can be operated with only one hand.
- The lever should point downwards so that it can also be easily reached from a seated position. Non-contact shower controls are also available.
- A temperature limiter should be installed to prevent the water temperature from being accidentally turned up.