Guidelines for accessible washroom


Renovating a bathroom to be accessible can be straightforward if you plan carefully and follow key elements and considerations:

-Ensure the doorway is at least 32 inches wide for wheelchair access.

-A zero-threshold entry is ideal to avoid tripping hazards.

-Choose materials that provide good traction to prevent slips.

-Install a comfort-height toilet, typically 17-19 inches from the floor.

-Install grab bars next to the toilet for support.

In shower area:

 - A barrier-free, roll-in shower with a bench is ideal.

  -A flexible, adjustable showerhead is helpful.

  -Place grab bars inside the shower for stability.

  -Ensure the shower floor has a non-slip surface.

In Bathtub: 

-Consider a walk-in tub with a door for easier access.

-Grab Bars. Install grab bars around the tub area.

Sink and Vanity:

   - Install the sink at a height that can be accessed from a wheelchair (typically 30-34 inches).

   - Ensure there is knee space underneath the sink (at least 27 inches high, 30 inches wide, and 19 inches deep).

   - Use lever-style or touchless faucets for ease of use.

Steps to Renovate:

Evaluate the current bathroom layout and identify the changes needed. Create a detailed plan, including measurements and desired features.

Determine the costs and secure funding if needed. Select a contractor if you’re not doing it yourself.