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8 ways to make your home more accessible

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Creating a more accessible home not only benefits people who are ageing or people with disabilities but can also lead to a safer and more comfortable space for all.


From installing grab rails to building ramps, Bunnings Workshop members have shared different ways to make their home more accessible. Check out some examples below.


1. Create open shower areas


Open, curbless and roll-in showers can allow an easier and seamless transition into the shower area. Check out Tracey (@TraceyG1)'s open shower for ideas. Member @Super_D's roll-in shower is also a wheelchair-friendly option.

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2. Build ramps


Ramps can provide easy access to indoor and outdoor areas, especially for those with limited mobility. Check for regulations around gradients with your local authorities before installing one. There are a variety of ramps available at Bunnings. You can also have a look at @Noyade's custom D.I.Y. wheelchair-friendly ramp for inspiration.


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3. Install grab rails


Installing grab rails in bathrooms and along staircases can provide additional stability and support. Ensure they are securely mounted and meet weight-bearing requirements. The Bunnings team shares step-by-step instructions on installing bathroom grab rails.

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4. Choose smart home technology


Implementing smart home technology with voice-activated controls can assist individuals to operate various aspects of their home, such as lighting, temperature, or entertainment systems. Don’t miss these tips on creating a smart home by the Bunnings team.


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5. Replace flooring


Replace slippery flooring surfaces with non-slip options such as non-slip mats or textured flooring. These can prevent accidents and provide safer footing, especially in areas prone to moisture, like bathrooms or kitchens. Tamara (@tamaraharringd) opted for non-slip terrazzo floor tiles when renovating her bathroom.


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6. Create an accessible garden


Plant stands, planter boxes and raised garden beds built at an accessible height can allow individuals to garden without the need for bending or kneeling. Workshop member @KTW's no-dig vegetable garden stand is a perfect example. Martin (@Yorky88)'s wheelchair-accessible planter box also has space to create a vertical garden or store garden tools on the sides.

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7. Use lever-style door handles


Lever-style door handles are easier to operate when compared to traditional door knobs, especially for those with limited hand dexterity. Check out more advice in this discussion on replacing door knobs.


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8. Ensure outdoor areas are even


Improve safety for all by ensuring that driveways and pathways outside your home are hazard-free. Avoiding uneven ground and maintaining adequate width to accommodate wheelchair movement can also make your outdoor areas wheelchair-friendly. Here are tips on how to lay paving for a path.


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Need more help with making your home accessible?


The Bunnings Workshop community can help if you need more assistance with making your home more accessible and safer for everyone. Don’t hesitate to ask a question.


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