Toilet for disabled-maneuvering space
Dimensions between places, the space between individual elements seems to play a key role in a project of such a a vital space as a toilet for disabled .
Bathroom adapted for people with disabilities should provide access by wheelchair to all available devices. A standard maneuver space in a toilet for disabled is 150 x 150 cm.
Apartment in a design phase, when certain decisions are possible is undoubtedly easier to arrange for a person with a disability than in the case of existing rooms. Adaptation of existing spaces to a bathroom for a disabled person often requires significant changes – a demolition of walls, enlargement of a door opening, changes in plumbing, electrical wires, etc. A bathroom often must be enlarged using space of other areas. When the existing toilet and bathroom are separate, it is often a good idea to combine them in one space, which gives us more space.
- Toilet for disabled can have often limited size. The most important requirement in the process of designing a bathroom is to preserve open space for maneuvering between the sanitary devices installed. This space shall be a minimum of 150 × 150 cm – it should be available among a sink, a toilet and a shower.
- Sometimest a toilet and a bathroom are separated. In this situation, consider combining them. This will allow for more efficient use of available space.
- Remember that, besides the main maneuvering space, free from sanitary devices, maneuvering areas are established to allow free access to these devices. Each zone should have the dimension of 150 x 150 cm. The particular spaces can overlap each other.
- A floor in a bathroom, whether it is terracotta, natural stone or waterproofed wood, should be non-slip. It is recommended to use non-slip tiles with tread or rough texture. Avoid glazed floor with gloss or semi-gloss.