How to measure dimensions for toilet stalls is relatively simple when measuring an empty restroom for new toilet stalls. Measuring dimensions for toilet stalls that need to be an exact replacement for your existing toilet stalls is a bit more involved; but, we will go over it in this post. First and foremost, how to measure dimensions for toilet stalls has nothing to do with your toilet centerlines. The toilet centerline is important when you need to ensure the toilet in your ADA toilet stall is the proper distance from the wall. It’s also used by plumbers when installing your toilets, not for toilet stalls. When measuring dimensions for toilet stalls, it’s best to start with the width of the toilet stall. So you will begin measuring the width of the empty space in your restroom where the toilet stalls will be installed. Once you take your measurements you’ll now have to determine the dimensions you’ll need for each stall. How to determine the dimensions you’ll need is easier when you first subtract the required dimensions for your ADA toilet stall from the overall dimensions for the space. Let’s say that you have a 132” span in your restroom for your toilet stalls and there will be three toilet stalls in your restroom. Your ADA toilet stall needs to be 60”W X 60”D leaving you with 72” for your remaining two stalls. If you divide that remaining space evenly, then each standard toilet stall will measure 36”W. Now the depth of standard stalls does not have to be the same depth as your ADA toilet stall; however, for the comfort of users, we recommend that you make all toilet stalls 60”D if space allows.
How to measure the dimensions for toilet stalls that need to be an exact match to what exists in your restroom starts the same way as what I have listed above. Now you need to follow those dimensions up with dimensions for your existing doors, panels, pilasters, and hardware. This method is a lot more involved, but is a necessary evil to ensure that you receive toilet stalls in the proper dimensions and save you frustration in your install. Now that you know how to measure dimensions for toilet stalls, let’s follow up with how to enjoy them. Naw, I think I can skip that. I’m sure you all are very savvy at using a toilet stall. Just don’t let any construction workers or anyone with explosive you know what use them. Your toilet stalls will never be the same again. Trust me, I know from experience. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen in toilet stalls. The horror burns my eyes even now. Anyway, take those measurements for your toilet stalls. As you see, it’s really not a difficult task and will make your installation run much more smoothly.
Reinforced toilet divider panels offer necessary support for panel mounted toilet grab bars. Not all ADA toilet compartments will have the ideal setup with the toilet situated in a corner with existing walls to the side and rear of the toilet. In ADA toilet divider stallADA toilet divider stall set ups where the toilet divider stalls are freestanding or the toilet is situated closest to the divider panel and not the wall, the grab bar will need to be installed on the divider panel. For such situations, you will need internal reinforcement in the panel to facilitate installation of the grab bar. This internal reinforcement provides a clean look and strong support for installation of the grab bar. Internal reinforcement is only available for newly constructed toilet divider panels; but, there is also a retrofit option for grab bar reinforcement on the toilet divider panel.
If you have existing toilet divider panels in your restroom that you would like to mount grab bars onto, you will need a retrofit plate for installation of the grab bar. This will require that you drill one or three holes (depending on which retrofit plate you use) through the divider panel. Once the grab bar is screwed in place, it will be secure on the divider panel and ready for use. There will be a visible mounting plate in the neighboring stall; however, vandalism will not be an issue. Grab Bar reinforcement, both internal and retrofit, is only available for Baked Enamel or Stainless Steel Divider panels. As an alternative, you can also opt for a wall to floor mounted grab bar next to the toilet. Check with your local inspector first to make sure this meets ADA requirements in your area. There are overarching Federal guidelines for ADA compliant spaces, but localities can and do make modifications that are more stringent.
ADA toilet compartments for disabled users are required in commercial restrooms, but you may not know that there are two types of ADA toilet compartments. The most common type is the Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartment. Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartments measure 60”W X 60”D and have a 32” or 36” outswing door. The 36”outswing door is most common and preferable to provide ample room for disabled wheelchair users to enter the ADA toilet compartment. Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartments can also come in larger dimensions that are called ADA Alcove Toilet Compartments. These toilet compartments measure 96”W or more and 60” deep. Because these larger ADA Alcove Toilet Compartments have more than the required 60” diameter turning radius for wheelchair operation, the toilet compartment door can swing into the toilet compartment and remain ADA compliant. Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartments require a 36” grab bar mounted horizontally on the rear wall above the water closet (that’s the formal word for toilet) and a 42” grab bar mounted horizontally on the wall or panel closest to the water closet. In some cases an 18” grab bar mounted vertically above the 42” grab bar is required, but check with your local inspector to verify this. Installing it anyway will not negatively impact your ADA compliance and will provide an additional gripping surface for disabled users. In large restrooms, it is recommended that two Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartments are installed to accommodate left handed and right handed users.
The second type of ADA toilet compartment is the Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartment. This toilet compartment type is a foreign concept to some purchasers. The Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartment is meant to accommodate those who utilize a cane or crutches in order to support themselves while they walk. Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartments measure 35” – 37”W and 60”D with an outswing 32” door. Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartments require two 42” grab bars mounted horizontally on each side of the water closet. The Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartment is required in restrooms with 6 or more water closets or with a combination of 6 or more water closets and urinals. For example, in a Men’s Restroom with two water closets and four urinals (an odd set up, but we’ll go with it for the sake of this example) you will need one Wheelchair Accessible ADA Toilet Compartment and one Ambulatory ADA Toilet Compartment. When dealing with ADA compliance, always ask for clarification or assistance when needed. Failing to adhere to ADA guidelines can be very costly not to mention inconveniencing disabled patrons.