How can I make floors more accessible?

Here are some tips for making floors and flooring more accessible:
  • Hard, smooth surfaces are easier to maneuver than carpet. Engineered wood floors are attractive and durable; nonslip tile or stone are best in wet areas (kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and entries); natural cork or bamboo offers durability like wood with warmth, cushion, and sound-suppressing qualities similar to carpet.
  • Carpeted areas should have a dense, low pile that is less than one-half inch. Conversation areas such as living rooms benefit from the addition of carpeting and curtains that muffle sharp noises and make it easier for someone who is hard of hearing or uses hearing aids to participate in the conversation. Commercial grade carpet and padding provide extra durability under wheels and walkers. Visit a flooring center to see what is available.
  • Add a contrasting border to wood, tile, or carpet along the edge of the room.
  • Inlay a walking path of a different color to lead the way from room to room.
  • Change from carpet to a hard surface when you move from an open living area into a kitchen or hallway.
  • Contrast flooring with furniture and window coverings so that someone with limited vision can better see where they are going.
  • Paint doorways and light switches in a color in contrast to that of walls.
Home Accessibility (300 Tips for Making Life Easier)

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