What are the common features of most handicap bathroom layouts?


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Common features of handicap bathroom layouts include ample space for a wheelchair, grab bars, an emergency alarm and doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Rimless entryways, slip-resistant floors and amenities at wheelchair height are other features found in handicap accessible bathrooms.

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As of 2015, handicap bathroom layouts must include 56 inches of depth in the toilet stall. Bathrooms are further required to provide 30 inches by 48 inches of clear floor space to accommodate wheelchairs. The goal is for wheelchairs to have enough space to do a complete 180-degree turn.

Toilet stalls and showers, if applicable, must have grab bars to help users complete the necessary tasks. Grab bars should be between 33 to 36 inches up from the floor. Likewise, bathrooms should have an emergency alarm connected to a buzzer and flashing red light to summon immediate help if needed.

For height, sinks and toilets can be no higher than 29 inches from the floor to the bottom of the apron of top of the toilet seat. Doors do not have to be power-assisted. However, the minimum width for the door is 32 inches. Likewise, the door should not swing into the bathroom space.

Entryways into the bathroom, toilet stall and shower must be rimless. Likewise, slip-resistant textures on the floor should be installed for added safety.

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