Building Seats for Handicapped Showers Building Seats for Handicapped Showers

What You'll Need
Regular shower S=seat
Pine board - 8" Wide
Backless stool
Saw
Table cloth

If you have a physical disability then you might find it difficult to take a shower or a bath, building handicapped showers seats makes it possible to enjoy a shower and bath.

Sometimes you might be able to use a shower seat which is brought over the counter, however other times you might need to customise the seat. This will depend on the type of disability you have. If you only need to use the seat for a short amount of time then customizing and building your own handicapped showers seats might be the best option.

Step 1 - Backless Stool

The backless stool is used to support a plank which will in turn support the shower seat. You need to place the backless stool slightly outside of the bath, put it a couple of inches outside of the bathtub.

It's important to use a backless stool here and to make sure that you don't use a stool with a back. A stool with a back won't work properly because it won't be able to support the board properly.

Step 2 - Cutting the Pine Board

You now need to cut the 8" pine board to the right length. To find out the length of the board you first need to measure the size required. Use a tape measure to measure the distance between the bath and the edge of the backless stool. Make sure that the measurements are accurate, it's also a good idea to have the board which is slightly longer than the stool.

When cutting the pine board it's important not to make it too long. If you make it too long then this could cause it to buckle when used by someone who is heavy. Make sure that the board is long enough to be useful, but not too long.

Step 3 - Covering

Once you have cut the board you then need to cover it with the table cloth. Make sure you are using a table cloth which is water proofed and won't allow any water to get to the wood. Make sure you secure the loose ends of the table cloth so that it doesn't cause danger to anyone using the shower seat.

The board needs to be covered with the waterproof side of the table cloth facing outwards. This will ensure that the shower seat can be wiped clean and will dry without going moldy. It will be easier to secure the lose ends of the table cloth by using a staple gun. Make sure that all the seams are on the underside of the board.

Step 4 - Positioning the Seat

Put the regular shower seat into your bath and then place the covered pine board across the side of the bath and resting on the backless stool. This will give you a much safer and sturdier seat which is ideal for anyone with a disability. Handicapped showers are much safer when using these customised and safe shower seats.

If there are any adjustments required then these can be performed fairly easily by simply cutting and changing the size of the board.

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