ADA Guidelines for Bathroom Doors

ADA guidelines for bathroom doors ensure that individuals with physical disabilities can easily access the toilet, sink and other bathroom fixtures. A bathroom door in the wrong place and with the wrong measurements can make it difficult for people in wheelchairs to use your facilities, leading to complaints and even lawsuits.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated that all public buildings must be designed to improve accessibility to persons with disabilities. ADA guidelines can also be applied to homes where people with disabilities live to improve mobility and ensure safety and cleanliness.

ADA Guidelines for Bathroom Doors

Bathroom doors aren’t always designed for people with mobility issues, but the ADA guidelines make sure that doors don’t restrict access to facilities. The ADA guidelines published in 2010 allows the bathroom doors to swing inwards as long as there is a clear floor space beyond the door swing when it is open. Clear floor space is defined as an area free of any fixtures or furnishings, measuring 30” x 48” beyond the arc of the door as it opens. The clear space allows people to enter, shut the door and move around easily.

Besides the door swing space, the bathroom door must also be easy to open. The width of the door must be at least 32 inches with the door open at 90 degrees, and the handle should be easy to grasp, and no more than 5 pounds of pressure should be used to open it. All handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operating devices on bathroom doors should not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. Finally, hardware required for the door passage must be mounted at a maximum of 48” above the floor.

ADA Requirements for Bathroom Grab Bars or Handrails

Grab bars are important to maintain balance and prevent falls. Bathroom grab bars are used for support when maneuvering around a space and should be sturdy (must be able to withstand at least 250 pounds of pressure), easy to grip and free from obstruction like towels. Grab bars must be fully anchored and have a smooth surface and rounded edges (no exposed ends).

Grab bars or handrails must be 1.25 to 1.5 inches in diameter, at least 36 inches long on the rear wall or 42 inches on the side wall. All bars must also have at least 1.5 inches of clear space in every direction. The grab bar must be installed at a height of 34 to 38 inches above the floor. Horizontal grab bars must be installed behind the toilet and on the nearest wall or partition, whichever is closer.

ADA Requirements for Bathroom Stalls

ADA requirements for bathroom stalls or compartments include a width of 60 inches and enough space to accommodate a wheelchair in front of the toilet or to the side. The space allows for a 180-degree turn. In some cases, additional open space under a fixture can be added to the clear space to meet the minimum requirement. The toilet seat must be 17 to 19 inches above the finished floor with a lever or flush control on the open side of the toilet with the clearest floor space and installed at a maximum of 44 inches above the floor. Flush valves should not require a tight gripping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist.

ADA Guidelines for Bathroom Doors: AquaDesign Products

AquaDesign makes it easy to design and build accessible bathrooms with its wide range of ADA compliant fixtures, including lavatories, wash basins, hand dryers, soap dispensers, baby changers, and wash fountains. AquaDesign bathroom fixtures are ideal for hospitals, healthcare centers, industrial facilities, and public and private spaces.

Healthcare Faucet

The Healthcare Faucet is ADA compliant and has a removable spout measuring 6 7/8” long and 6 ¼” high. The nozzle is 6 ¼” high. The spout can be swiveled and recycled after disposal. The faucet is operated by a long handle (8 ½” long). Maximum water temperature is set to 106F to prevent scalding, and water flow is limited to 1.32 gpm at 43 psi.

Thrii (3-in-1 Soap, Water and Drying Unit)

The Thrii is an electronic soap, water and drying service in one ADA compliant unit, measuring 17.7” wide and 31.2” high. Users place their hands in the bowl to trigger the infrared sensor that starts the operation, from dispensing soap and water to hand drying. This reduces energy consumption when the unit is not being used. Drying will stop when the user removes their hands or after a preset period.

To learn more, visit our page on ADA compliant bathroom doors or contact us today!