Making Bedroom Accessible

11.25.2017
Curated by
Whitney Bailey
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Accessible University
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

There are many considerations to account for when making a bedroom wheelchair accessible. The arrangement of your bedroom is important to ensure that it fits your accessibility needs for maneuverability and transferring. Accessible University gives the following suggestions for modifying a bedroom.

Picture of bedroom setup with twin size bed

General Room Considerations

A room size of 10’x12’ provides adequate space. However, more room could be required based on your individual circumstances, such as, your bed size and location and the dimensions of dressers and side tables. It is important to think about how you will move around your room. A minimum turning circle of 5’x5’ is optimal.

Accessible University recommends choosing low-profile, sturdy furniture pieces and placing them in a way that helps you maximize your maneuverability. Wide closet doors allow access to all corners of the closet and barn doors are preferable. Closet rods should be located 47”-55” above the floor. For wheelchair users, D-ring pulls and lightweight drawers make it easier to open and close dresser drawers.

Getting in and out of bed

If you are a wheelchair user, Accessibility University states that having a mattress that is the same height as your wheelchair cushion provides for an easy transfer. There are various lifts that can assist with transfers. Ceiling lifts are motorized lifts that are attached to a track system and provide the ability to raise and lower an individual to and from a bed. A portable floor lift is a mechanical option if a ceiling lift is not feasible for whatever reason. Bed rails, floor to ceiling transfer poles, and/or grab bars may be of benefit for you.

Consult an occupational therapist to do an assessment of your needs in your home to determine what accommodations would work for you.

Do you have any tips on how to make a bedroom accessible? Share them with us at AbleThrive.com!

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