Handicap stalls in public restrooms must have a grab bar that's anchored to a flat surface and easy to grab, and these stalls must have enough space for a wheelchair to rotate completely, according to About.com. Grab bars must be between 1 1/4 inches and 1 1/2 inches, be placed 34 to 38 inches off the ground and provide 1 1/2 inches of space between the bar and the wall to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.Continue Reading
Grab bars should be installed behind the toilet or on the closest wall, depending on which is closer, states About.com. Stalls need to provide at least 60 inches of space to allow wheelchairs to rotate freely, and in some cases, some of this space can include space under bathroom fixtures. Stalls also need a clear space of 30 inches by 48 inches to provide access for a wheelchair, and this can sometimes include space under fixtures as well.
Another requirement is touch-free hand dryers, explains About.com. Push-button dryers, which were previously allowed by the ADA, should be removed and replaced with compliant units, as of 2015. To prevent injuries to blind people, these units should not protrude more than four inches from the wall. Toilets seats in handicap stalls should be between 17 and 19 inches off the ground, and the flush mechanism should be no more than 44 inches above the floor.Learn more about Law