Monday, April 30, 2012

Flume Bathtub Concept Allows Easy Access With Style

While the roll-in shower may be the easier and more popular solution of bathing for wheelchair user, there are people who insist that there is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a bathtub.  While there are bathtubs on the market that feature a side door, they are prone to leaking around the seals and are not the most aesthetically pleasing bathtub. Chinese designers Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo and Kim Dong Hwan have come up with a interesting concept called the Flume that provides a stylish and interesting alternative.  More information and images after the jump.

Using a seesaw as an inspiration, the Flume Bathtub Concept is designed to have the tub tilt to one side to allow the wheelchair-bound user to transfer from the wheelchair to the seat in the bathtub.  To aide transferring, there are grab bars integrated into the sides of the tub.  It is designed to self-balance so it will tilt back to a horizontal position as the tub is filled with water.  As the tub is drained, the tub will can tilt back to allow the user to transfer back into their wheelchair.  The concept is intended for wheelchair users with good arm strength and balance to get in and out of the tub independently.

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