Building a safe, accessible bathroom
Important accessibility features to consider when building or remodeling your bathroom
As more baby boomers are choosing to stay in their houses and age in place, accessibility upgrades and modifications are becoming more important to home owners and home buyers. An accessible bathroom can not only give people with disabilities and older Americans a more independent life, but it also can improve your homeâs value.
Checklist for Accessible Bathroom Design - Tips for building or remodeling
From the amount of space needed for wheelchairs, to positioning sinks, grab bars, and other key bathroom fixtures, this list will help you get started with a safe and accessible bathroom.
- Swing-out doors to accommodate easy wheelchair entry
- Grab bars for easier transfers and to maintain balance
- Reinforced walls for installation of grab bars
- 5 foot square area (required for most wheelchair users to make a 360Â° turn)
Measurements you need to know:
Chair-height racks, shelves, and cabinets:
- Chair-height is how far a person using a wheelchair can reach.
- A front approach is approximately 48 inches.
- A parallel approach is 54 inches.
Toilets 17 to 19 inches from floor or wall-mounted toilet
Resources for Accessible Bathroom Design
National Association of Home Builders
Better Homes & Gardens
Home Builders Association