How big should a walk-in shower be?
Under certain conditions, you can receive a grant from the KfW bank for the age-based conversion of your home. In order to be eligible for this funding, however, the shower should not only be of a walk-in design, but should also be installed at ground level and thus accessible to wheelchair users. To be considered accessible, it must meet defined and standardised criteria.
In addition to the size, these also include some other requirements that are summarised in DIN standard 18040-2:
If you would like to take advantage of an available grant or subsidy, please note that the application must be submitted before you have your walk-in shower installed. To be on the safe side, consult an expert advisor or a specialised plumbing company.
Benefits of walk-in showers
A walk-in shower has many advantages, and not necessarily just for the elderly. These include the following:
In most cases, a walk-in shower can be retrofitted – as a rule, it makes sense to ask a specialist company to do this. If your bathroom already has a shower, converting this into a walk-in shower in the same spot is no problem because the corresponding water connections and the drain are already in place. A bath can also be easily replaced with a floor-level shower.
If the bathroom has neither a shower nor a bath, the easiest place to install the floor-level shower tray is where the toilet used to be due to the existing water connection and drain. Of course, it is also possible to retrofit a new shower in a completely different location – in this case, however, the project may be more complex, as the water connection and drain will need to be installed first.
What else should be considered when planning a walk-in shower?
If you are looking to replace your shower, you should take the opportunity to think about creating a completely accessible bathroom. At Villeroy & Boch, you will find many additional accessible solutions for the bathroom that perfectly combine form and function.