Elements of Universal Design Bathrooms

“Universal design bathroom”

There are many factors that should be considered when creating a bathroom with universal design principles. Universal design is defined as:

Design that’s usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

Ron Mace, 1985

  • Width of doorway
  • Lever door handle
  • Minimal door weight
  • Ability to maneuver in bathroom
  • Location of purse/coat hook
  • Sink height and base style
  • Grab bars
  • Toilet height and base style
  • Location of toilet
  • Location of toilet paper dispenser
  • Shelf next to toilet
  • Location of toilet seat cover dispenser
  • Touch free toilet
  • Touch free faucet
  • Location of mirror
  • Touch free soap dispenser
  • Touch free paper towel dispenser
  • Location of garbage can
  • Location of changing table

Including these elements in your bathroom’s design will increase the number of people who can easily access each element and improve the experience for each user.

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