If you’re renovating a bathroom and want to make it easier to use for people with disabilities, you may be wondering what modifications you’ll need to make to meet ADA requirements. Let’s take a look at a few of the factors that go into creating an ADA-compliant bathroom now.
- Grab Bars Near Toilets, Showers, And Tubs
Grab bars are horizontal or vertical handrails, typically with a diameter of 1.25 to 1.5 inches. They should be between 34 and 38 inches above the floor, according to ADA guidelines.
Grab bars should be installed next to toilets to make it easier for disabled individuals to get on and off the toilet. Similarly, they should be installed inside shower stalls and in bathtubs to make it easier for disabled individuals to stabilize themselves and move around while bathing.
- Accessible Toilets Measured from the center of the seat, toilets should be installed no further than 16-18 inches from the side wall. This ensures that wheelchair users are able to easily use grab bars to transfer themselves from their wheelchair to the toilet.
- Plenty Of Open Space You need at least 60 inches of clear floor space in your bathroom to meet ADA requirements. This ensures that a person in a wheelchair can make a 180-degree turn. Another option is to create a “T-shaped” space with aisles at least 36 inches wide. This provides ample space for wheelchair users to make a 3-point turn.
- A Properly-Sized Sink Sinks should be at least 34 inches high, which ensures proper knee clearance for wheelchair users. In addition to this, all faucets and knobs on the sink must be operable with one hand, which simplifies operation for disabled individuals.
- Shower Seats Shower seats should be foldable and placed near the wall adjacent to the shower or bathtub controls. The seat can be rectangular or L-shaped, and must support at least 250 pounds of weight or more.
Need To Create An Accessible Bathroom? Homestar Building Performance Can Help!
Whether you’re aging in place or you have an older relative moving in with you, creating an ADA-compliant, disability-friendly bathroom is a great idea – and Homestar Building Performance can help.
We have years of experience creating beautiful, functional, disability-friendly bathrooms throughout Sonoma County. So don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at 707-849-9237 to get the help you need while renovating your bathroom.
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