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Environments: ​In the Bedroom

What about the bed? Use whatever works, regardless of what bedrooms are "supposed" to look like. If a mattress on the floor works best for someone who may easily fall out of bed, go for it!

Kathie Snow

People who don’t have disabilities modify their environments and use tools to make life better. People with disabilities may also need modifications in their environments and tools to make life better. This is one in a series of articles about ways to create accessible, friendly, and welcoming environments for all.

Mmm—crawling into a warm, snuggly bed at night. Eeek—rushing around in the morning to grab clothes and shoes, and being able to get to them quickly and easily. Ahhh—having a safe, comfortable place for some needed privacy and quiet time. These are just some of the hallmarks of a great bedroom!

What about the bedrooms of children and adults with disabilities? Do they have the same great features? And are they user-friendly and accessible? If not, it doesn’t take much to make the change!

The right furniture or storage space for clothes, shoes, toys, books, and other goodies is critical—especially for anyone who has mobility or similar needs. The closet rod can be lowered for easier access, or the rod can be removed and the closet can be filled with stackable bins/open cabinets for easy retrieval of clothes or shoes. Bi-fold doors allow easier access than sliding doors; but the doors might need to come all the way off in some instances. If so, install a shower curtain rod, a cloth shower curtain, and easy-to-pull rings so the closet can be “closed” when not in use.​ Click here to continue.