Shower Grab Bars Placement: ADA Shower Grab Bars Requirements
ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which was enacted to make sure that disabled people have proper access to different types of facilities, such as handicapped bathrooms. That’s where the ADA shower grab bars requirements come into play when it comes to shower grab bars placement.
The ADA standards for accessible design require that a transfer type shower compartment must be 36’’ x 36’’; inside dimensions measured at the center points of opposite side, and have an entry on the face of the shower that’s at least 36’’ wide. A 36’’ wide x 48’’ long clearance must be provided, measured from the control wall. Grab bars must be installed across the control and back wall to a point 18’’ from the former.
Standard roll-in type shower compartments must be at least 30’’ wide x 60’’ deep, measured at center points of opposite sides, and must have a wide entry on the face of the shower compartment that is at least 60’’ wide. A clearance that’s at least 30’’ wide x 60’’ long must be provided, adjoining the shower compartment’s open face. The only exception is a lavatory on a side of the clearance that is at least 30’’ wide, as long as it’s not on the clearance side adjacent to the controls or to the shower seat.
Grab bars must be installed in standard roll-in type shower compartments where a seat has been provided, placed on the back and side wall opposing the seat. If a seat has not been provided, then grab bars must be installed on three walls, 6’’ maximum from adjoining walls.
Alternate roll-in type shower compartments must be at least be 36’’ wide and 60’’ deep, measured at center points of opposite sides. An entry that’s at least 36’’ wide must be provided at one end of the long side of the compartment. Here grab bars must be installed on the back and side wall farthest from the entry, 6’’ maximum from adjoining walls. Grab bars must not be placed above the seat.
Where multiple grab bars are in use, required horizontal grab bars must be installed at the same height from the finish floor. This is but a brief overview; feel free to look for more information on ADA compliance before you go ahead and install Carex Textured Chrome Wall Grab Bars, or 2-in-1 Grab Towel Bars.
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