How To Measure Dimensions for Toilet Stalls

TP_IC4RADAx730How 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 for Grab Bar Installation

2StallsIC2LReinforced 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.

Stainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bars

SONY DSCStainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bars offer unique designs for support around residential bath tubs. Sometimes, standard straight grab bars are not sufficient around a bath tub. If you have a bath tub situated in the middle of your bathroom or your bath tub only meets one wall on its narrow end, other options would be needed for support around the bath tub. Stainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bars are designed in some common configurations that can be fabricated on demand. Designs for Stainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bars that mount on two walls, mount on the wall and the floor, or even mount on two walls and the floor are potential choices for stainless steel bath tub grab bar users. Besides standard designs, users can also configure their own stainless steel bath tub grab bar. No one knows the habits and comfort level of the user of the stainless steel bath tub grab bar better than they do. If the standard designs are not sufficient for the user’s personal taste, a custom stainless steel grab bar can be designed that will be a perfect fit around the bath tub.

Stainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bars whether in the standard designs or a user designed custom configuration are available with a 1 ¼” or 1 ½” diameter. The standard finish for stainless steel bath tub grab bars is brushed satin stainless steel; but, powder coated paint colors or highly polished stainless steel are also finish options. Highly intricate or extremely large stainless steel bath tub grab bar designs can be restricted to the brushed satin stainless steel finish if they are too large to finish in other colors or polishes. Stainless Steel Bath Tub Grab Bar installation is no different than installation of stainless steel toilet grab bars and the Wingit Grab Bar anchors can be used on stainless steel bath tub grab bar flanges that do not meet a stud or blocking behind the wall.

How to Choose A Grab Bar Diameter

GB004x800The diameter of a grab bar is important when choosing which size you want to install in your toilet compartment or residential bathroom; however, some purchasers do not know which size is best. Let’s begin by detailing the diameters available for grab bars. Stainless Steel Grab Bars are available in 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-1/2” diameters whereas Nylon Grab Bars are available in 1-5/16” for HEWI and 1-7/16” for PBA. For the sake of argument, and for simplicity of explaining the different diameters, the HEWI Nylon Grab Bars will fall into the 1-1/4” diameter faction and the PBA Nylon Grab Bars will fall into the 1-1/2” diameter faction. Now, to tell you that grab bar diameter choice falls to personal preference is a little too simplistic. Especially when considering an ADA Compliant Toilet Compartment that will be used by many different people of varied tastes in grab bar diameters. First, you must be aware that ADA guidelines require a minimum 1-1/4” grab bar diameter for use in commercial ADA compliant spaces. That means the special 1” diameter grab bars, which are only available in stainless steel mind you, can only be used for non-regulated residential uses. I say non-regulated because while elderly or disabled individuals may live in a nursing home, the resident bathrooms must still comply with ADA guidelines. Your personal bathroom in your home or condo can utilize a smaller 1” diameter grab bar if desired.

Team 1-1/4” diameter and Team 1-1/2” diameter each have their benefits. The 1-1/4” diameter is a great option for users with smaller hands, particularly in ADA Compliant Toilet Compartments in elementary schools or where children are the primary users. 1-1/2” diameter grab bars are not only more comfortable for those with larger hands, but also for those who cannot tightly grasp the grab bar because of arthritis or other hand related maladies. A 1-1/2” grab bar provides more surface area for the hand to grab reducing strain on joints. The ¼” difference between the two grab bar diameters may seem irrelevant, but holding each of the grab bars makes very clear how different they are. By default, most commercial purchasers select the 1-1/2” diameter grab bar which is perfectly fine. It is ADA compliant and will appeal to many users; but, taking into consideration the majority of users of the grab bars you will be installing and their taste preference does not hurt either.

ADA Toilet Compartments: The Two Types You Need To Know

OverheadMount6handileftADA 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.

How To Install ADA Grab Bars for Children

get-attachment.aspxWhen installing grab bars in a restroom for children, the mounting height will not be the same as a standard adult restroom. Single toilet rooms and ADA toilet compartments designed for children in preschools, elementary schools, and day care centers are scaled down for their smaller stature. Obviously, mounting a grab bar at 33” above the finished floor (aff), which is standard for adults, would be too high for small. ADA grab bar mounting heights for children are unique in that there are three grab bar mounting height ranges that correspond to the age and average height of the child. The ADA grab bar mounting heights are:

Ages 3 and 4: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 11” – 12” and have a centerline of 12” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 18” – 20” aff.

Ages 5 through 8: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 12” – 15” and have a centerline of 12” – 15” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 20” – 25” aff.

Ages 9 through 12: For children in this age range, the toilet is required to have a height of 15” – 17” and have a centerline of 15” – 18” from the side wall or panel closest to the toilet. The grab bars will be mounted between 25” – 27” aff.

These guidelines apply to stainless steel grab bars or nylon grab bars that are installed in an ADA compliant toilet compartment for children or an ADA compliant single toilet room for children. The type and quality of the grab bars do not need to change; however, a smaller diameter grab bar such as 1-1/4” would be recommended for smaller hands and is the minimum diameter permitted by ADA.

How To Improve Grab Bar Safety with Textured Safety Grips

Adding a textured grip to stainless steel grab bars will improve the safety of users when holding a stainless steel grab bar. Stainless steel grab bars when mounted properly on your wall or floor will support a substantial amount of weight; however, if the user cannot properly grip the grab bar because of its smooth surface, the weight capacity of the stainless steel grab bar is irrelevant. A textured grip on a stainless steel grab bar is particularly useful for the elderly or those that do not have a sufficiently strong grip for holding the stainless steel grab bar. There are a few different types of stainless steel textured grips to choose from, each with their own benefits.

Peened Safety Grip: The peened safety grip is the most common textured safety grip for stainless steel grab bars. The peened safety grip texture is similar to fine grit sandpaper. It’s not overly coarse, but it does improve the grip for stainless steel grab bar users.

Knurled Safety Grip: The knurled safety grip is a very coarse texture that is cut in a diamond pattern on the stainless steel grab bar. This safety grip type may be overly aggressive for sensitive hands, but provides a more effective grip for the stainless steel grab bar.

Ripple Grip Safety Grip: The ripple grip (aka Shur-Grip) safety grip has a look and texture similar to reptile scales. The texture of the ripple grip safety grip falls between the peened and knurled safety grips. It is not too aggressive for sensitive hands, but provides an effective gripping surface. The appearance of the ripple grip texture provides an attractive aesthetic for the stainless steel grab bar.

All three grab bar textures are available on Brushed Satin Stainless Steel Grab Bars, Polished Stainless Steel Grab Bars, Brass Plated Stainless Steel Grab Bars, and Powder Coated Stainless Steel Grab Bars. You will be able to have an improved, textured grip on your stainless steel grab bar no matter what finish or configuration you need. Textured finishes can also be used for stainless steel grab bars in ADA compliant restrooms and public spaces.