Most homes are built for the average person and not designed for a tall person. Most tall people find the average home inadequate. If you are on the taller side, you will surely appreciate these tips on remodeling a bathroom for a tall person – as well as this great new project we just finished installing.
One of our key goals for this remodel was to make the bathroom more ergonomically friendly for our tall homeowner. With a vanity countertop’s average height of just 32 inches, it’s no surprise that our homeowner was not fond of spending time in front of the bathroom mirror. To address his concerns, our designers, Adriele and Elizabeth, raised the counter space and installed an extra-large tub in the primary bathroom.
A beautiful design decision was to lay the tiles horizontally to make the space appear more expansive and to help maximize the square footage. Functional recessed shelves elevate the look while providing storage for bathroom accessories.
The previous toilet space provided little privacy. So we added a striking vertical wood slat feature wall to create some concealment—the perfect solution for this space.
Here are some tips on remodeling a bathroom for a tall person
If you have ever experienced sitting on a toilet that is too small, you understand that it could cause stress on your joints. Standard toilets are 12 inches high, but you can find toilets as high as 14–19 inches. If you are tall, you should choose a toilet that keeps your knees at a 90-degree angle when sitting down.
There is nothing like soaking in a tub where you can fully stretch your legs. Unfortunately, if you are tall, that rarely is a possibility. If you are installing a tub in a tall person’s bathroom, choose a freestanding or claw foot soaking tub, as they come in a range of sizes that can best accommodate the extra height. The most extensive types are available as long as six and a half feet. Choosing a freestanding tub will also take up less space and is very popular.
Showers should be tranquil but bending down, so the water flows over your head is not very relaxing. To find the best height, you should aim to install the shower head at least six inches above your exact size.
When remodeling a bathroom, you will discover two main counter heights available.
Standard Height: The bathroom vanity height has always been 30 to 32 inches. This height works well for homes with average-sized adults and children.
However, the modern trend is toward higher vanities, known as comfort height.
Comfort Height: Taller, comfort-height vanities have become more common as the human population is taller than they were 100 years ago. Comfort-height bathroom vanities measure around 36 inches. The extra inches make access to things more accessible and alleviate strain on the back of those using it.
It is always so rewarding to create a new fresh space for our clients. Click here if you would like to view the before and after pictures of the kitchen.
Adriele and Elizabeth are one of many Denver Interior Design firms that were selected by Marina Dagenais to be the experts that she represents as “The Design Matchmaker“.