How Baby Boomers are Renovating Their Bathrooms

These bathroom trends are booming with Boomers.

More than half of the people who own houses are baby boomers (that’s anyone who was born anywhere from 1946 to 1964.) For every day until the year 2030, we will see 10,000 baby boomers hit retirement age.

That means that 10,000 people a day are going to be in the life stage where they’ll spend less time at work than they used to - and consequently, more time at home.

A 2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends study revealed that 56 percent of baby boomers are remodeling their homes in order to age-in-place. In addition, a younger group of 25 to 54-year-olds also are taking aging-in-place into consideration. 30 percent of this group are remodeling their homes with future needs of aging in mind.


How Baby Boomers are Renovating Their Bathrooms

Houzz looked at their data and identified several rising trends on how people were redoing their homes with the future in mind. 

Most renovators are focused on the accessibility factor of their bathrooms. Baby boomers are adding grab bars, low shower curbs or no shower curb at all, and bench seats. Many people also are accommodating for wheelchairs in the entire area by making room available beneath the sink and vanity.

The bathtub is a major area of concern that older renovators are working with. 34 percent of baby boomers renovating their bathrooms are removing the bathtub altogether, as opposed to the 20 percent who are doing away with their tub that are not concerned with aging.

Some of the boomers not included in that 34 percent are still keeping their tubs, but changing them to be more safe. Their bathtubs will be equipped with grab bars, tub seats, and non-slip floors. Many are also deciding to make the switch to a walk-in tub with a door for easy access.

Of the baby boomers renovating, almost half of them change the entire layout of their bathroom to be safer and more accommodating. Bigger spaces to move around in with more areas to grab onto for support are huge in their choices.

Better lighting is also a priority for many. When the lighting is low and dim, it makes for a more dangerous bathroom. Clearly lit areas are always safer, especially when working with the shower, the tub, and tasks like shaving, washing your face, or any bathroom products that involve electricity.

If you’re ready to make changes to your bathroom to improve your future, then you’re on the right track. You can never be too prepared, and that’s what Reico Kitchen & Bath thinks, too. Contact us today to start learning how you can prepare for your future in your home. 


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