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Choose an Outward Swinging Door if Safety is Your Main Concern The main advantage of doors that swing out is that they can be opened immediately in case of an emergency even if that means emptying the water inside your tub onto your bathroom floor. Inward-swinging doors can only be opened when they are almost completely drained a process that can take minutes you simply cannot afford to wait while you or your loved ones risk drowning. Tubs with inward-swinging doors are still safer than conventional bathtubs where the only way to exit on your own is to physically lift yourself over the tubs edge-something thats definitely more dangerous than waiting for your walk in tub to drain in an emergency.
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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Instead of having the door rest on the inside of the bathtub shell outward-swinging doors stay closed because of heavy-duty bolts that lock the edge of the door frame into the rest of the shell. Outward swinging doors also commonly have bars or levers on the outside of the door to ensure that there is enough support to keep the door closed. These bolts have to be strong and the parts of the shell that they lock into have to be heavily reinforced in order to support the weight of the water and bather. Because outward swinging doors require more parts to keep them shut they are more expensive to build and are less popular in walk in bathtubs sold for residential use.
If the door on your walk in bathtub opens into the tub itself then you will have to maneuver around the door once inside the tub in order to get the door closed behind you. If you have difficulty moving around in tight spaces having to navigate around a door inside your bathtub could be enough of a challenge than an outward swinging door becomes an attractive choice. This can be especially true if you have an injury or disability that makes it difficult to move your hips or knees or if you intend to transfer from a walker or wheelchair into your walk in tub. Its no accident that most "wheelchair transfer" tubs designed to accommodate bathers with physical disabilities come equipped with outward-swinging doors.