ADA Guidelines Impacting Bathrooms and Vanity Mounts
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines specific requirements related to accessibility in bathroom areas. Section 4.23 deals particularly with Bathrooms and Bathing Facilities and section 4.23.3 has specifications related to Clear Floor Space. The objective of the ADA specifications is to provide standards for spaces to be created with ease of accessibility in mind. ADA Section 4.23.3 states, “An unobstructed turning space complying with 4.2.3 shall be provided with an accessible bathroom. Clear floor spaces at fixtures and controls, the accessible route, and the turning space may overlap.” Section 4.2.3 specifies the space required for a wheelchair to make a 180 degree turn - specified at 60 inch diameter.
The Standards established by the ADA Sections referenced require that adequate spacing be provided within bathrooms for a wheelchair to turn. In order to meet these standards the bathroom designer and builder need to be consider how their proposed project will be planned and constructed. Precautions are necessary to ensure proper spacing and that any possible renovations will not infringe on areas required for ADA compliance.
We have talked with a number of designers that are including vanity support mounts in their bath designs to help with meeting ADA compliance. Designers and contractors can incorporate vanity wall mounts even when using under cabinets in case removal of the cabinet is required in the future for ADA compliance. Also, floors are completely finished even where cabinets are planned so that compliance can be met.
When designing a bathroom, particularly for public use, make sure to review the aforementioned ADA requirements and use the best measures to comply with the standards required. If we can help with your bathroom and vanity mounting needs please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Here to view our Vanity Wall Mount Brackets.