There are universal lines that follow when designing a bathroom toilet with access for the disabled. These guidelines suggest the height of the toilets, sinks, showers, switches and the amount of space it takes to maneuver a wheelchair wheels. Many products are available to make a bathroom with disabled access and can be stylish and functional.
- Make a list of your needs and desires. Check magazines and cut out pictures of objects you want to include a bathroom with disabled access. Visit websites that offer access products. Choose objects you want to use in your bathroom and print images of objects and leaves with product information.
- Create a folder to store your ideas and images. Use tabs to divide separating products such as shower, vanity unit, floor, a toilet and accessories. Post pictures and product information sheets in the folder.
- Draw a plan of the bathroom on the graph paper. Draw the location of the bathtub or shower, a toilet, a sink and vanity. Keep a minimum free floor space of 30 by 48 inches to accommodate a wheelchair. A wheelchair will need a space of at least 60 inches in diameter to make a 360 degree turn. It allows sufficient space to maneuver the wheelchair with freedom in the bathroom.
- Plan a space for the door is at least 32 inches wide, but preferably 36 inches. Choose a sliding door to allow more space in the bathroom.
- Design the space Sink the bottom, to allow the wheelchair will fit under it. Leave 30 to 34 inches of clearance under the sink. Use water lever-type keys. Put bars for towels to a “reachable distance” to someone sitting.
- Plan a bath or shower to which you can enter on foot. Design a shower seat or leaves room for you to use a wheelchair in the shower.
- Mirrors designed so that they can tilt, so that you can see while seated.
Tips & Warnings
- Plan reinforced wooden walls to install handrails.
- Make everything is achievable while sitting.
- Plan a toilet about 18 inches tall.
- Select lever-style door handles.