As you consider your new bathroom, think about friends and loved ones who will utilize the room, especially young children, elderly persons and people with various physical disabilities. Integrating accessible, universal design features will ensure a functional and pleasing bath for all.
Know Accessible Bathroom Measurements
Become informed about the correct measurements for products you will be adding to your home. Here are some standards from the ADA on what is expected in an accessible bathroom.
Toilet Height: Tall Toilets – 17-19 inches from bottom to top of the toilet seat
Toilet Clearance: 60 inches perpendicular from the side wall and 56 inches from the rear wall
Shower Dimensions: 36 x 60 for a roll in shower
Sink Clearance: 18 inches from Toilet to allow for turning space; minimum 30 inches wide, 17-25 inches deep and 27” above the finished ground.
Sink Height: 34 inch max height with a 24 inch knee clearance.
Doors: minimum of 42 inches wide with a maximum 4 inch opening
Bathtub Clearance: 30 inches wide minimum or 12 inches past the head of the tub when a permanent chair is installed.
Hot-limit Safety Stops - prevent accidental scalding by setting a fixed hottest water temperature
Faucets with lever handles are perfect for accessible designs in both the kitchen and bathroom as they don’t require a firm grip to turn on and off. Additionally, many faucets are equipped with a hot-limit safety stop that let you fix the hottest water temperature to prevent scalding.
Offset shower on/off and temperature controls so they are closer to the room
Select a thermostatic shower valve that remembers your water temperature preference
Limit the hot water by setting the hot limit safety stop
Install Hand Showers which adjust to different heights and can be used while seated
Opt for a low-threshold shower base of 3-inches or less for easy entry and exit
Install 2 grab bars one 33-36 inches from the finished floor and a lower grab bar 8-10 inches above the rim of the tub
Choose showers and tubs with slip-resistant surfaces to prevent falls
Upgrade to a Walk-in Bathtub
Bathtubs and showers can be installed in numerous ways to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. There are roll-in and transfer-type showers that can be installed based on preference and need. Please consult with a design specialist to choose the best option for you and your family.
A walk-in tub is a great option for limited mobility. Designed with safety in mind, walk-in bathtubs feature grab bars, textured floors and Quick Drain® System to remove water from the tub rapidly so you exit the tub safely. They are available with various comfort options including whirlpool, air spa and combination massage tubs to enhance your experience.
Add a hand shower to accommodate bathing and seated showers
Hot Limit Safety Stop
Selecting lever handles makes it easier to turn the shower on and off. Opt for a thermostatic shower valve that maintains the water temperature even after it is turned off, keeping the temperature at your ideal setting. Make sure to adjust the hot limit safety stop in addition to using the thermostatic valve to prevent against scalding.