The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has set down standard requirements for restrooms and bathrooms. These ADA bathroom layout guidelines are designed to accommodate people with disabilities and ensure they have access to public restrooms and bathrooms.
It is compulsory to adhere to the ADA guidelines as it is a law established at the federal level. According to this law, there should be no discrimination against disabled people.
Guidelines for ADA Bathroom Layouts
To build an ADA-compliant bathroom layout, there are many requirements to meet and guidelines to consider. These guidelines are the dimensions and measurements that must be followed to accommodate people with disabilities in restrooms. Each bathroom must follow these specific dimensions for every fixture and accessory in the bathroom including grab bars, mirrors, sink, toilet, tissue dispenser, towel dispenser, seat convenes, and hand soap dispensers.
The ADA bathroom requires us to be very detailed about how the fixtures should be installed and the measurements they must follow. An ADA bathroom layout dimensions include areas for clear floor space, toe clearance, turning space, knee clearance, doors, and height measurements from the floor.
There are a lot of details to cover with an ADA-compliant bathroom and at the same time, there are exceptions depending on the type of operations done in the establishment or business. The layout needs to be done with special consideration for people who are disabled.
An overview of ADA bathroom layout requirements:
- For single handicapped restrooms, the space for wheelchair users in the restroom should be around 60” in diameter.
- The grab bars should be installed horizontally at the back wall at 33”-36” from the floor and should be at a width of 36”.
- Another horizontal grab bar with a length of 42” should be installed at 33”-36 from the floor off the wall on the side.
- The mirrors installed in an ADA bathroom must be ADA compliant and should be installed so that people with disabilities can use them conveniently.
- The distance between the bottom of the reflective mirror should not be more than 40” from the floor.
- Towel dispensers should be installed at a distance of 48” from the floor while toilet tissue dispensers should be installed at 15”-19” from the floor.
- The hand dryers should be installed at a minimum distance of 15” from the floor and no higher than 48” from the floor with a clear floor space of 30” x 48”.
- Soap dispensers should not be installed at more than a distance of 44” from the floor.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) building codes have eradicated discrimination against people with disabilities thereby granting them access to public facilities.
Also, more people are constructing or remodeling their homes and are incorporating ADA guidelines for their toilets and bathrooms. Having an ADA bathroom design is not only beneficial for people with disabilities, but it also increases the value of your home whenever you want to sell it.
Are you looking to build an ADA-compliant bathroom? You need to hire the best professional contractor who will ensure your bathroom and restroom meet all ADA requirements and guidelines.
At All Things Inspector, we ensure to install all fixtures and accessories according to ADA standards and requirements. Also, we help install ADA bathroom doors to meet all ADA restroom door requirements
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