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Universal Bathroom Design: Disabilities January 21, 2009

Filed under: Bathroom Design — ia2studio @ 3:58 am

There are a variety of guidelines that should be considered when designing a bathroom for those with mental or physical disabilities.

  • Provide for an area large enough to hold a five-foot circle to allow a wheelchair 360-degree turn.
  • Doorways must be a minimum of 32 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. Doors should swing out rather than in, with clearance on both sides.
  • Provide wall-mounted grab bars both in the toilet area and in the tub and/or shower. Use “L” shaped, horizontal and/or vertical bars.

Just to name a few.  The book explains barrier free design in detailing according to ADA Guidelines and the author’s own experiences.

Goldsmith, Selwyn. Designing for the Disabled: the new paradigm. Boston: Architectural Press, 1997.
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