Your bathroom should be a relaxing, rejuvenating space. But outdated, poorly chosen accessories can make it dangerous. Things like loose towel bars, slippery rugs, and harsh lighting turn your oasis into an accident waiting to happen.
Trust me, I learned the hard way after a nasty slip on a cheap bath mat! Luckily it was just a bruised elbow, but it could have been worse. That mishap encouraged me to fully reevaluate my bath safety. Now I’m vigilant about selecting accessories designed to prevent falls, injuries, and catches.
If you want your bathroom accessories to be a true sanctuary, choose accessories with safety in mind. Here are the key areas to focus on:
Slick surfaces spell disaster in damp bathrooms. Look for anti-slip bathtub appliques, textured peel-and-stick vinyl flooring, and 100% rubber-backed bath rugs. These create traction to avoid slips even when wet.
Also, install a grab bar in the tub/shower for stability getting in and out. Try suction cup bars first if you’re renting. For kids’ safety, opt for appliques with softer corners versus sharp 90-degree edges.
Secure & Stable Storage
Loose, tippy shelves and cabinets lead to avlanche hazards. Prioritize sturdy storage anchored securely to studs in walls. For freestanding cabinets, rigorously test stability and attach anti-tip hardware.
When selecting bath caddies, shelves, and organizers, confirm weight limits and durability. Avoid ornate steel units prone to rusting and weakening over time.
Harsh bulbs create glare hazards and exaggerate wrinkles! Choose dimmable LEDs with a minimum CRI rating of 90 for flattering illumination. Light position also matters – sconces flanking mirrors provide ideal facial lighting.
For practicality, install waterproof LED pot lights above the shower. Motion-activated night lights prevent dark bathroom expeditions.
Smart Multi-Purpose Furniture
The right furniture pulls double duty, storing necessities attractively while providing a safe seat for tasks like nail trimming. Seek solid wood or metal benches with the best table accessories at VidaXL and stools rated to hold your weight.
Fold-down wall seats offer perching space without using floor space in tight bathrooms. Just confirm brackets are firmly anchored into studs first.
Few things are more annoying than a steam-covered mirror! Prevent fog with special coatings and mirrors with built-in fans or heating elements.
Well-placed defoggers keep mirrors clear through your whole routine. Some motion-sensing options automatically activate when you approach.
Getting on and off low toilets is a pain point, especially for seniors or those with mobility issues. Comfort height models around 17-19 inches feel less taxing on knees and hips.
Upgrade old toilets to new ADA-approved height options. Include grab bars and toilet safety frames for added assistance and confidence.
I cannot stress enough how vital slip-resistant bathmats are! Replace any threadbare, washed-out mats immediately. Seek thick mats with rubber backing that won’t shift.
Periodically machine wash mats to restore grippiness and toss any that demonstrate wear. It’s cheap injury insurance!
Child & Pet Safe Features
If tiny humans or pets share your space, minimize dangers with child safety products and keeping enticing objects out of reach. Use baby bath seats, soften sharp corners, install cord covers, and mount medicine away from grabby hands. That provides peace of mind!
With planning and strategic selection, create a bathroom that perfectly balances beauty, utility, and safety for years to come. Follow these tips so your bath remains an uplifting retreat from the stresses of everyday life. A soothing, spa-like space awaits!