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Most manufacturers opt for inward-swinging doors because its easier to hold the pressure from the water inside the tub with this design. An inward-swinging door rests inside a beveled lip on the doorframe that allows the tubs shell to bear the weight of the water inside the tub. When the tub is full the weight of the water inside presses the door into its frame in the shell so no additional mechanisms are needed to bear the weight of the 35-60 gallons of water inside the tub-but the door cannot be opened again until all the water drains out. Outward-swinging doors swing towards you when you open them into space in your bathroom instead of into the walk in bathtub itself.
Walk in tubs with doors that swing outward require about two feet of clearance space outside the tub to open the door completely on top of the extra space they already take up because theyre larger than your old bathtub. A compact walk in bathtub with an inward-swinging door is ideal if you want to enjoy the safety and convenience of a walk in tub without having to spend thousands to make space for one in your bathroom. What You Choose Should Reflect What You Need! There are other styles of walk in bathtub door on the market but the vast majority of walk in tubs youll encounter have either inward or outward-swinging doors. When you choose which walk in tub to buy be sure to balance the three considerations Ive outlined here-safety accessibility and space-to determine which tub best suits your needs and your budget.
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Its no accident that most "wheelchair transfer" tubs designed to accommodate bathers with physical disabilities come equipped with outward-swinging doors. Tubs with Doors that Swing In are More Likely to Fit in Your Bathroom If you plan to install your walk in bathtub as part of a bathroom renovation in an older home you may have trouble fitting a tub with an outward-swinging door into the space left by the conventional tub you want to replace. In many homes bathrooms are long and narrow and the bathtub is usually located right across from a plumbing fixture that would be hard to move like a toilet or sink.