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11 Inspiring Curbless Shower Design Ideas

When you are designing a new home or planning a remodel, it is easy to get lost in all the ideas and inspiration available on websites like Houzz and Pinterest. You also have to keep in mind all the engineering and structural elements going on behind those pretty pictures. So we thought today we could make it a little easier on you. Here are 11 of our favorite curbless shower designs from Pinterest that can easily be created using the VIM Level Entry Shower System™.

1. A minimalist spa-inspired curbless shower

This monochromatic color scheme and spacious design make for a luxurious yet minimalist showering experience. We love the use of multiple tile shapes cut from the same materials. Small tile is recommended in the shower area to retain the slope of the shower pan as well as give you better traction, reducing slips in the shower area.


2. Luxurious design details

The shower layout here is great, and definitely achievable with the Level Entry Shower System. But it’s the details like the golden, cloth shower curtain and vintage chandelier that standout. Consider your curbless shower to be a blank canvas on which to design your dream bathroom. Consider adding plants to your bathroom to help freshen up your space.


3. A modern shower with historic influences

This gem of a shower can be found in a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s famous estate, Monticello. This homage to an architectural masterpiece was not without modern amenities such as this curbless shower created with the VIM Level Entry Shower System.


4. A little retro, a little modern…

This remodel features some fun tile and contemporary chrome fixtures, while retaining the vintage character of the space. While this is not a VIM shower itself, the Level Entry Shower System would be a good choice for remodeling older spaces since it actually can help reinforce the structural elements of your shower floor.


5. Farmhouse style upgrade

Bold, patterned tile paired with weathered wood and dark, industrial inspired fixtures, make for a modern farmhouse inspired bathroom. A curbless shower in this case allows the pattern of the tile to flow uninterrupted through the whole bathroom.


6. Contemporary minimalism

Black and white bathrooms have become a popular trend in contemporary interior design. The use of hex tile and subway tile adds texture and movement to the space without introducing additional shades or colors.


7. A pop of color

Want to go bold with your shower design? Consider a tile accent wall like shown here. A curbless shower with frameless glass allows you to showcase an accent wall and bring a splash of color to your bathroom.


8. Tuscan style in your shower

This warm and inviting space shows just how to include accessibility accessories while still maintaining a luxurious, traditional style.


9. Gray & White, done right.

There is no question that gray and white are especially popular right now in bathroom design. So stand out from the crowd with a unique finish for your fixtures like the pewter finish seen here.


10. Make a statement with bold colors & tile.

When just an accent wall isn’t enough, go big! These gorgeous iridescent mosaic tiles are bound to bring out your inner mermaid!


11.A fresh oasis to start your day right.

Scandinavian inspired design, mid-century modern flair, and a whole lot of fresh air and natural light to wake up and feel refreshed!

We hope these curbless showers have been inspirational and have you thinking about how to incorporate a Level Entry Shower System into your next new home or remodeling project!

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Changing Lives with Accessible Bath Remodels – Sunshine on a Ranney Day

VIM Products Level Entry Shower System™ Accessible Bath Remodels by Sunshine on a Ranney Day - Atlanta Charity providing accessibility remodels to children with special needs.

Sunshine on a Ranney Day or SOARD is an Atlanta-based charity providing no-cost home remodels for families of children with special needs. They specialize in accessible bath remodels, dream bedrooms, and in-home therapy spaces. VIM Products is proud that the SOARD team chose the Level Entry Shower System™ to create accessible, barrier-free showers in these life-changing home makeovers. 

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was created by Peter and Holly Ranney in 2012. Peter, a general contractor, and Holly, a designer and former buyer for Rooms To Go Kids, set out to use their time, talents, and professional network within the design and construction industry to make a difference for these kids. Over the past 6 years, they have completed over 75 home makeovers for the families of children with special needs. In addition to their home makeovers, each year they take on a special non-residence project to benefit families throughout the community, such as summer camps, counseling centers, and children’s hospitals. 

The SOARD 2017 Highlight video features a few lucky kids getting to see their new spaces for the first time! Also featured are several of the gorgeous Level Entry Showers created by the SOARD team using the VIM Products system. An accessible home is key to the care of children with special needs. These remodels make it possible for families to remain in their homes while also providing their children with the care they need. With each remodel, the team at SOARD considers the needs and personalities of the kids to develop a design that will allow them and their families to live their fullest, happiest lives.

“The VIM systems are the crown jewel of our makeovers.  They have changed the lives of so many families, and they are literally moved to tears when they see them for the first time! ” – Stephanie Baldwin of Sunshine on a Ranney Day


SOARD Highlights 2017 from Sunshine on a Ranney Day on Vimeo.

These accessible bath remodels can cost upwards of $30,000 to demo, redesign, and build anew with curbless showers and ADA approved fixtures and vanities. Their bedroom and in-home therapy rooms can cost anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 to complete. Through the help of donors and the generosity of suppliers and contractors, they are able to provide these remodels at no cost to the families. 

“We have witnessed so many parents struggle to lift their children into a tub to bathe them.  Having a zero curb shower where a child can roll right in is life changing for the child and caretaker. To see them gain independence is priceless.” – Holly Ranney, Founder of SOARD

Please consider donating to support this wonderful charity so they may continue to provide these life changing remodels for even more children and families. A donation $100 sponsors grab bars and a donation of $500 sponsors a whole Level Entry Shower System! Any amount makes a difference in the lives of these kids and their families. We hope you consider giving even a small amount to support Sunshine on a Ranney Day.


Check out the Level Entry Shower System™ in these Sunshine on a Ranney Day home makeovers!

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9 Design Secrets for an Accessible Bathroom

9 Design Tips for an Accessible Bathroom - VIM Products Blog - Photo Courtesy of Wardson Construction featuring the Level Entry Shower System

Are you planning and designing an accessible bathroom in your home? These 9 design tips and ideas are easy to incorporate in your new build or remodel.

1 – Curbless Level Entry Shower

It goes without saying that since curbless, accessible showers are our bread and butter we also think they are one of the best decisions you can make when designing an accessible bathroom. Removing the shower curb makes it easier to maneuver mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers, but it also removes a tripping hazard. Considering that the most dangerous slips and falls happen in the bathroom, it only makes sense to remove as many obstacles as possible in wet spaces.

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Shower by Hobart Builders

2 – Slip-Resistant, Small Tile Floors

While we are on the subject of the shower, removing obstacles is only the first step. You also want to make sure the tile used on the shower floor is slip-resistant. Smaller tiles work better for this because they provide better grip. Smooth, large-format tile can be extremely slick when wet and should not be used in wet spaces like the shower. Consider as well that as you exit the shower your feet will still be wet, so even stepping out onto large format or slick tile can cause slips and falls. Using a small or slip-resistant tile throughout your bathroom is ultimately the safest choice for preventing slips and falls.

3 – Handheld Showers on Slide Bars

Including a handheld shower on a slide bar significantly increases the usability and accessibility of your shower. This slider feature allows for a handheld shower to be set at any height or angle, in addition to being used as a handheld. What makes this great for accessibility is all the options it provides to accommodate the physical needs of the user.

4 – Thermostatic Valves

A thermostatic valve allows you to control both the temperature and volume of your shower independently. Thermostatic valves allow the user to set the temperature and then turn the water volume on and off without changing the temperature. You can even adjust the water volume to conserve water. This is particularly helpful for children, the elderly, or people with disabilities who are more prone to injury by scalding. While your water heater might be set at a higher temp, most thermostatic valves require use of a safety button to heat the shower water past 100 degrees. Pressure Balance valves also protect against scalding, but do not have the independent volume and temperature functionality that a thermostatic has.

5 – Open Concept Bathrooms & Wide Doorways

Not only are open concept interiors a popular trend at the moment, they are also an excellent detail to consider if you are designing an accessible bathroom. If you, someone you love, or a future resident of your home uses a wheelchair, having ample space to maneuver will be important. The size of your doorway, also matters when you are designing an accessible bathroom. To accommodate a wheelchair, doorways need to be a minimum of 32″ wide.

VIM Products Inc Level Entry Shower System Gallery Curbless Universal Design, Photo Courtesy of Home Revision. 919-277-0267
Photo Courtesy of Home Revision

6 – Accessibility Accessories

Grab bars are just the beginning when it comes to accessibility accessories. Shower seats are also helpful, particularly if they are able to fold up against a wall when not in use to increase showering space. But have you considered upgrades such as a toilet seat with a nightlight for easy navigation in the dark? What about tilting mirrors? How about a lazy susan in your bathroom cabinet? These are just a few examples of small upgrades that can make your bathroom more accessible.

VIM Products Inc Level Entry Shower System Gallery Curbless Universal Design, Photo Courtesy of SRE. 919-277-0267
Photo Courtesy of SRE

7 – ADA or “Universal” Height Toilets

ADA approved or “universal” height toilets have a taller bowl and seat than standard toilets, making it easier to sit and stand back up again if you have trouble with mobility. While this is a must have for public bathrooms to accommodate users with limited mobility, many homeowners prefer the taller height as well. With many stylish designs from companies like Kohler & Toto, this is one accessibility accommodation that is easy to make and looks great!

8 – Single Hole Faucets

Single hole (or single handle) faucets can be helpful for people who have limited mobility or trouble with their grasp. These easy to operate faucets have one handle to control hot and cold, and can help prevent scalding. Single hole faucets are available a wide range of styles including those with their handle on the top or side of the faucet.

Photo by Splash Galleries, Faucet by Moen

9 – Lever Door Handles

And much like the single hole faucets mentioned above, Lever Door Handles are easier to operate for people who have difficulty with grasping a knob, and a lever can also be operated using a reach aid.  Pocket doors or barn doors are also a good style to consider as long as they are not too heavy or difficult to move or close behind the person.

Tell us about your Accessible Bathroom

Share in the comments which features you have included in your accessible bathroom. We would love to hear your thoughts and additional ideas! If you are still in the planning stages of your remodel, don’t forget to include the VIM Level Entry Shower System™.

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Create a Barrier Free Shower WITHOUT Notching the Joists

For years, if you wanted a barrier free shower the only options were to either ramp up into the shower or significantly recess the floor by notching or cutting into the joists 2″ to 3”. The latter method is controversial and frowned upon by structural engineers. Cutting floor supports can cause excessive floor deflection, tile cracking and costly structural damage to your home. Is it worth the gamble?

The Better Barrier Free Shower Solution

The VIM Level Entry Shower System was developed as a solution to this problem. Now you can create a true barrier free shower without having to cut floor supports or ramp the tile into the shower. We achieved this by designing a thinner, stronger, pre-sloped shower pan that’s easy to install and doesn’t affect the structural stability of your home.

Our pan is created from a rigid, ABS plastic that resists deflection and compression unlike other pans created with expanded polystyrene (EPS). At only 7/8″ thick, we’ve eliminated the practice of cutting the floor supports. These images demonstrate how our system is installed.

Once the recessed area framing is complete, the VIM pan is installed in the recessed area. You can see in the cutaway drawing that the VIM pan will sit a mere 1/8″ above the top of the ¾” subfloor. The transition slope between the pan and the ¼” backer board is then filled with a quick drying, non-shrinking patch material.

VIM Products Inc Level Entry Shower System Gallery Curbless Universal Design, Cut Away Installation Detail. 919-277-0267

This method allows you to maintain the proper slope of 1/4″ per foot towards the drain. Your framing supports are kept intact and are even strengthened by the blocking process. The rigid, compression resistant design of the pan also increases the load-bearing capacity of the floor system.

The VIM Level Entry Shower System™ not only removes the potential for structural failure caused by cutting and notching, it also provides a superior waterproofing process. We’re so confident that our system is the best choice for creating your curbless, barrier free shower, that we back it with a full 10 year system warranty.

Want to create a Curbless, Barrier Free Shower? Check out the Level Entry Shower System™ today!