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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.
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.
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They also have a seat that is especially helpful for the handicapped or people with limited mobility. When choosing among such bathtubs it is important to keep your needs or the needs of whoever will use the tub in mind. If it helps you can make a list on some areas of consideration. Features Regardless of whoever will use the tub whether a young one or a senior it is important to have safety features. Make sure that walk in bathtubs have grip handles as well as non-slip floors to prevent accidents. You also have the option to choose whether the door will open inward or outward. Most bathtub doors are designed to swing inward due to space constraints. Inward swinging is also better for tight sealing because the door is forced to shut due to water pressure.