Universal Design

Can you incorporate Universal Design into your Floorings? Let’s find out!

In today’s world, you might have heard the term universal design, as it is typically applied to assisting aged people within their homes. However, it is important to comprehend that universal design has nothing to do with age; at its core- it revolves around increasing accessibility, performance, and function within your home, irrespective of your physical condition and age. 

Just envisions a house that has accessibility to everything. All the things are on the better side compared to other places you have been through. For instance, with universal design, when you hit your place and open the door with tons of groceries, instead of banging your head, you find an easy-to-open lever. Wouldn’t this sound great?

Similarly, floors are cushioned, making it easier for you to stand for a longer duration. Do the features that you come across look familiar? Somewhat features you have always dreamt of? The difference, though, is that none of it looks too assistive. It is just a place that has utilized universal design.

If you are thinking about incorporating universal design in your home, make sure to consider flooring. Don’t go with throw rugs, as they can be the cause of trip hazards. However, non-carpet surfaces are usually favored as they provide little resistance and are y easy to clean and maintain. The top three picks include:

 1. Tile: 

Tiles are versatile, expensive, and of the top choices when it comes to universal design flooring. Why? It is because tiles are available in a wide range of slip-resistant styles, which makes them an ideal choice for different areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Tiles are perfect for high mobility and are also a budgetary option, especially if you are looking or planning to change your old flooring.  

 2. Hardwoods:

Similar to tiles, hardwood floors are popularly known for enhancing mobility, and when sealed with the utmost precision, these floors can handle wear and tear and are simple to clean. Moreover, these floors can add a delicate look to any space, and with their increasing popularity, it is clear that hardwood is available in a huge range of styles and colors that can go with any budget. 

 3. Cork:

This is an environmentally friendly material that provides high-end mobility. However, it is slightly on the softer side compared to tiles or hardwoods, which makes cork an optimal choice, especially if you are worried about someone losing their balance and hitting the hard surface. Compared to the aforementioned materials, cork always retains more heat and certainly would be perfect for living areas and kitchens. Maintaining a cork is as simple as maintaining a hardwood. 

These were the three best bets for universal design-friendly flooring. So, did you make any plans to incorporate universal design in your home? If not, no is the right thing to consider. For any help, please feel free to get in touch with our team of experts. I’m always happy to help!

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