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Curb Less

Curb Less

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A
N
I
NSTALLATION
 
G
UIDE
Curbless Showers
NC STATE
UNIVERSITY
 
Contents 
INTRODUCTION CONTROLLING WATER
 3
Overall Shower Unit SizePlacement of Fixed and Hand-held Showers
FLUSH ENTRANCE 5
Custom-built ShowersPrefabricated Shower Units
 ADDITIONALMEASURES TO CONTROLWATER 10
Shower Curtains and DoorsSecondary DrainsFlexible and Removable Dams
REINFORCING FOR GRAB BARS AND WALL-HUNG SEATS 
12
 SHOWER PERSPECTIVES 
14
Custom-built Shower Prefabricated Shower Universal Bathing Area
Credits 
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©2003 THE CENTER FOR UNIVERSALDESIGN, College of Design, NC State University 
Major funding provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research,US Department of Education
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Leslie C. Young, Rex J. PaceRex J. PaceRick Millard, Richard DuncanShravan Rajagopal, Mara C. Whitney Rex J. Pace, Mara C. Whitney, Robert B. Graham
CURBLESS SHOWERS: AN INSTALLATION GUIDE 
Produced by 
The Center for Universal DesignCollege of Design, North Carolina State University 
For the
North Carolina Department of Health and Human ServicesDivision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services A
UTHORSHIP 
: A
RCHITECTURAL
D
ESIGNAND
ONCEPTUAL
LLUSTRATIONS 
:R
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:
RAPHIC 
D
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RODUCTION 
:
ILLUSTRATION 
:
 
Curbless Showers: 
 An Installation Guid
Traditionally, many dwellings have had a combinationtub/shower bathing unit that gives the user the option of standing to shower or sitting in the bathtub. However,climbing in and out of a bathtub can be difficult andeven dangerous for people whose balance, strength, ormobility may be limited. Some people who use a wheelchair find bathtubs and showers unusable. Peoplerecuperating from an accident or illness, may suddenly find themselves unable to use a fixture to which they have been accustomed. Others may just become unableto bathe as they once did due to a subtle and gradualloss of mobility, agility, or strength.
Why 
CURBLESS SHOWERS? 
Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in adwelling due to the hard, slippery-when-wet surfaces.Bathrooms typically have few handholds or other grip-ping surfaces useful for support. With the growingnumber of people with disabilities and the aging of oursociety, we have come to recognize that to be able tobathe safely and independently, people must be given avariety of bathing options. Traditional fixtures often donot meet the variety of individual needs. A relatively new fixture design, the curbless shower,is extremely versatile and can be considered “universal”.These showers feature a very low or no threshold at allso users may easily walk or roll into the unit. Curblessshowers also may have a built-in seat, a hand-held
This booklet is intended to assist architects, builders, remodelers, installers and carpenters better understand the critical design and construction issues involved in installing curbless or “roll-in” showers. The term “curbless” is used throughout this booklet since “roll-in” generally suggests that such a shower is beneficial only to people who use wheelchairs. In fact, curbless showers offer benefits to many  people who do not use wheelchairs, and are usable by almost everyone.
Introduction
Curbless showers
provide enough space
 for people inwheelchairs to maneuver and enough space to havean attendant assist if necessary.Curbless showers can be used to
stand and bathe
in a conventional manner.

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