Even though some commercial restrooms seem like they are easily accessible for all users, did you know that many facilities don’t actually meet the minimum standards of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design? It’s a good idea to stay in-tune with ADA design trends – and periodically audit your restrooms’ layout – to check if they are in compliance with ADA standards, while enhancing restroom user functionality and convenience.
Common ADA restroom mistakes
Grab bars – Bars are all too often located in hard-to-reach places. ADA requires that grab bar handrails for accessible bathrooms must be installed between 34 and 38 inches off the ground. They should also have at least an inch and a half of open space between the grab bar and wall. Look for grab bars that are durable enough to accommodate people of all sizes. Bradley has re-rated its grab bar models at 900, 1,000 and 1,250 pounds.
Toilet stalls – Toilets are often positioned too far from the wall. The center line of the toilet must be between 16 and 18 inches from the side wall to ensure that grab bars can be used effectively. Also, adequate space must be provided to accommodate a wheelchair. Depending on which direction the door swings and how the toilet is mounted, the size is usually 60” by 56”-60”.
Mirrors – Placement is often 10 to 18 inches too high for visibility for those in wheelchairs. Mirrors need to be mounted with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface no higher than 40 inches above the floor with the top edge at a minimum of 74 inches from the floor. Installing a full length mirror is often the best solution to meeting this ADA requirement.
Sinks – Maneuverability and space around sinks are often insufficient. Sinks should be mounted with enough knee and toe clearance underneath for easy accessibility. While the original requirements for a single user toilet room permitted the sink to share the maneuvering space required for the toilet, the 2010 update prohibits that – so older buildings may not be compliant. Toilets now must be within a 60-inch clear space and the sink must be installed beyond that area.
Bradley provides a full line of innovative, accessible, and high-quality ADA-compliant restroom products that are easy to grip, grasp, and operate:
- Verge L-Series promotes enhanced reach and access to the faucet.
- Frequency lavatory systems provides dual height bowls to allow easy access for both child and adult height users.
- Verge with WashBar, OmniDeck with WashBar and Advocate AV-Series provide all-in- one completely touchless hand washing technology that is easy-to-access.
Resources for improving ADA restroom compliance
- Review theAmerican with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the American National Standards Institute’s standard (ICC/ANSI A117.1).
- Apply Bradley’s BIM/Revit designs for ADA Compliance: “7 trends, guidelines and digital tools” for your accessibility design projects.
- Check out Bradley’s updated ADA Design Guide for Washrooms & Showers for easy to understand accessible stall design, accessibility solutions and accessibility standards and guides.