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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. 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 Offer the Easiest Access for Handicapped Bathers In many cases outward-swinging doors are easier to enter and exit for people with limited mobility. 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.
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Nevertheless the style of door that you choose does make a difference in the accessibility convenience and safety of your tub. As with most things in life there are trade-offs to consider and the style of walk in bathtub door you choose will reflect what you value most. In this article we outline the major circumstances you should think about so that you can choose a walk in bathtub with the style of door best suited to your needs and budget. How Inward-Swinging Doors and Outward-Swinging Doors Work In a tub with an inward-swinging door the door swings into the foot well area inside the tub when you open it.