Standard Features of Bathrooms For the Disabled

Handicap bathroom remodeling provides people with disabilities a better quality of life. Without certain adjustments, the disabled would not be able to use the bathroom. Bathroom contractors familiar with designing handicapped bathrooms know just what to do in order to make the person comfortable when using the bathroom.


What are some features of handicap bathroom remodeling projects? The list can get quite long (depending on who the bathroom is for) but there are a few standard features in all handicap bathrooms. Here are a few prominent changes usually made to bathrooms to them more accessible:

    • Entrance: The entrance to the bathroom should be wide, about 36 inches, in order to make room for wheelchairs and walkers. The center of the bathroom should have a turning radius of about 5 feet.
    • Sink: The sink should be raised higher than usual — 34 inches rather than the typical 31 inches and be empty underneath to provide space. The faucet should have lever handles rather than knobs for easy use. Touch-operated faucets are a plus.
    • Toilet: The toilet should be slightly taller than the standard height. It should be at least 17 inches tall; some toilets are at 19 inches. The standard toilet height is 15 inches.
    • Bath/Shower: Handles should be installed close to the shower (and toilet) for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Accessible showers should either have no curb or a slight one in order to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. For bathtubs, it's a good idea to have them vacuumed sealed in order to safely enter the bath and not spill water.

There are other finer details designs can feature. It depends on the contractor and the person in need of the accommodations. Regardless, bathroom contractors provide these men and women with a way to live their life with comfort and dignity. For more information on handicap bathroom remodeling projects, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.