5 Steps to Remodeling Your Bedroom for Accessibility
By Mary Wilson
If you’re house hunting with a disability, you have probably already noticed that most homes are not constructed to suit your needs. Therefore, you’ll have to go forward with certain renovations before you can officially move in.
Whether you’re a home buyer with a disability who wants to ensure that you’ll always be safe in your new house, or a senior who needs to go forward with some modifications so that you can spend your golden years in your own home, you’ll need some clear guidelines for an accessibility bedroom remodel. Here’s how to redesign your bedroom for accessibility.
Find the Funds:
You might feel overwhelmed by the cost of an accessibility remodel. Thankfully, you probably won’t have to drain your savings account to cover the costs. Instead, you can utilize your home equity and opt for cash-out refinancing to fund your renovations. How does that work? To sum it up, you’ll replace your current mortgage loan with a new, larger loan. In return, you’ll get the difference between the two loans in cash. You’re free to use this money for remodeling expenses. You can also research grants available in your state to see if you are eligible for additional funding. If you are a veteran, you likely will qualify for certain financial assistance programs. Create
Before you decide which features and fixtures you will need, consider the floor plan. Ideally you will want to design a space with an open floor plan that allows for ease of movement, especially if you use a mobility aid.
Think about how your furniture could be adjusted to open up the room and make it feel larger. Consider which pieces could get in your way, and ensure they won’t block your path. Plan for bright lighting too, because dark corners can be trip hazards.
Make Closets Accessible:
How will your store your belongings? You’ll want to make sure nothing is out of reach. According to Closet America, having a walk-in closes can be more convenient for people with limited mobility. Using single hanging rods for your clothes means that you will be able to grab most items on your own, rather than storing certain outfits above your height. You might want to store accessories on a “lazy susan,” which creates extra storage space.
Choose Safe Flooring Materials:
When you’re planning an accessibility remodel, your choice of flooring material is important because slippery material can lead to injuries.
According to Caregiver Aid, carpeting is generally poor choice, but there are plenty of other choices for slip resistant flooring. Standard wood flooring can be safe, but because of the higher cost, it’s not always the best option. Instead, you may want to opt for vinyl flooring, which is fairly east to clean and maintain.
Find a Bed for your Needs:
You may need to choose the right bed for accessibility.
After all, you need to be able to get a good night’s sleep! Focus on Disability suggests an electric, remote controlled adjustable bed. And the bed frame isn’t the only crucial component; purchasing the right mattress is also essential.
A comfortable orthopedic mattress is usually a smart choice, but depending on your personal needs, you may want to do some further research on mattress brands and models that will suit you best. Spending a little extra on the right mattress is a good use of your funds.
In the future, we might see more houses specifically designed to be accessible. For now, people with disabilities will generally have to be proactive about remodeling their own homes. It’s an opportunity to customize your space and ensure that you’ll have all the features you need, once everything is finished. You’ll know the investment was well worth it!