The bathroom is perhaps the most heavily trafficked room in any home; it needs to be safe and functional so towel racks and bars should be securely affixed to the walls and bathroom mats and rugs should feature anti-skid backing. If children are present in the home it is important to have childproof locks on the medicine chest and vanity along with electrical outlet protectors.
2-Tier Satin Nickel Shelf with Towel Bars, $39.99, www.bedbathandbeyond.com
Because the bathroom can be a moist and humid environment it is easy to slip and fall – grab bars are handy for people of all ages. If you plan on aging in place in your home it is a wise idea to install grab bars near the commode as well as in the bath or shower enclosure. The addition of a handheld showerhead can make it easy to shampoo hair or shower while seated; use it to direct water spray precisely where you want it.
Replacing old shower curtain rods
For extra elbow room in the tub you may wish to replace the conventional shower curtain rod with a curved shower curtain rod; it will still accommodate a conventional shower curtain and liner but the tub enclosure will feel much roomier. When replacing the shower curtain and liner it is a good opportunity to upgrade to top quality shower curtain hooks or rings so the shower curtain and liner slide easily. This will reduce the need to tug or pull on the shower curtain and will help to prolong the life of the curtain and liner.
A shower splash guard is a great way to further reduce the possibility of water escaping the tub or shower enclosure. Look for shower curtains and liners with mildew resistant properties.