Accessible toilets: Details for best practise design
This diagram demonstrates the location of fixtures including the location of an L-shaped grab rail. Grab rails provide people support when moving on and off the toilet. It is important that fixtures such as the toilet roll holder do not impede grasp of the grab rail.
Accessible toilets and family rooms need to have enough space for the user, an assistant, plus mobility equipment, whether that is a wheelchair, four wheeled stroller or pram. The minimum room size of accessible toilets should be 2300 mm wide x 2500 mm long. Ensure there is at least 830 mm of clear space without fixtures or bins beside the toilet as this space is needed for wheelchairs.
This accessible toilet has a blue seat that effectively contrasts with the surrounding colours. This is especially important for people who have visual impairments as it makes it easy to identify whether the seat is up or down.
These accessible toilets are operated by a push-button sliding door. The button is large enough to be operated with a fist or elbow for those with limited hand function or mobility.
This accessible toilet has a large handle which is easy to operate with one hand. The colour contrast of the door increases its visibility to users with visual impairments.
In an accessible toilet, adequate knee space should be provided under the basin to allow a user in a wheelchair to approach. This space should be free of obstructions and not boxed in.
Accessible toilets should have back rests to provide additional support for users to maintain their sitting balance.