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Accessible sanitary facilities: Comprehensive planning tips

In our "Barrier-free bathroom" series of articles, you can find out how to design bathrooms that are truly accessible for everyone. Discover how design and technology work together to combine safety, comfort and style – from barrier-free showers to functional washbasins. Get ready for innovative solutions that redefine accessibility.

In a society that upholds the values of inclusion and accessibility, the planning of accessible sanitary facilities is of central importance. Our series of articles combines in-depth expertise with well thought-out products to provide you with a detailed guide to designing bathrooms that are accessible and welcoming for people of all abilities.

What sets accessible sanitary rooms apart?

Barrier-free sanitary rooms are specially designed bathrooms that are conceived to enable people of all abilities to use them safely and without restriction. They take into account the needs of people with limited mobility, visually impaired people, older people and all other users by integrating features such as level-access showers, wheelchair-accessible washbasins, sufficient space for movement, non-slip floor coverings and easily accessible support rails. The aim of barrier-free sanitary rooms is to promote independence, dignity and comfort for all users by minimising architectural barriers and applying well thought-out concepts for inclusive design.





Accessible showers are a key part of any barrier-free bathroom. You need to think far beyond comfort and ensure that the shower can be used by people with different needs.




Barrier-free WC: Regulations and user-friendliness

Planning an accessible toilet requires precise knowledge of legal regulations and an understanding of the needs of users. 

Barrier-free wash area and WC

Barrier-free washbasins: Design meets function

A barrier-free washbasin is crucial in enabling every user to use the washbasin independently and with dignity. 

Accessibility in the bathroom means creating a space that is not only functional but also inviting. The right choice of colours, materials and lighting can help to create an atmosphere that is both calming and safe. The integration of technology, such as sensor- or voice-controlled taps, can further improve the user experience and contribute to creating a truly inclusive bathroom . You should consider the following aspects:

  • Integration of new technologies and materials: Our approach combines technical innovation with design to create products that improve the user experience. For example, height-adjustable systems offer individual customisation options, while durable materials and intuitive controls simplify use.
  • Inclusion of the user perspective: By taking into account the diverse needs of people with different abilities, solutions are created that enable true inclusion. HEWI relies on direct feedback and close co-operation with users, planners and architects to develop products that make everyday life easier.


Future prospects and sustainability

The future of barrier-free sanitary rooms will not only be characterised by innovations in product design and technology, but also by an increased awareness of sustainability and environmental protection. HEWI is committed to developing products that are ecologically sustainable and durable in order to both minimise the ecological footprint and maximise the quality of life.



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