Toilet Compartments

Posted on - Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In the 2010 ADA Standards, there is a section that discusses the size of the wheelchair accessible toilet compartment.  But what happens if you want to make the compartment bigger?  How does this affect the requirements? This newsletter will discuss the size of compartments and where the doors should be located.

If you want a bit more information on toilet compartments, I wrote about a bit more about it in my 2013 Newsletter

ADA 604.8 Toilet Compartment Doors

In a standard toilet compartment, the width of the stall must be a minimum of 60″ wide (if it has toe clearances on at least two sides).


The Door in such compartments must be located a maximum of 4″ from the side partition or wall farthest from the toilet if located on the front partition.


What happens if the width of the toilet compartment is larger than 60″?  Do we still have to keep the door 4″ from the side partition? Or is the sketch below allowed?


The 4″ maximum is required to ensure that the stall opening lines up with the wide side of the water closet when you have a 60″ wide stall.    The 4″ can be exceed IF the stall exceeds the minimum 60″ width requirement.

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

We will be presenting at the 2015 National AIA convention in Atlanta.  Our class will be “Applying the ADA in Existing and altered facilities: TH118 on May 14th

If you are interested in getting a Barrier Free/ADA CEU online, I partnered with Green CE.  We will be presenting live webinars this year.  We will post details as they become available

If you are interested in Building Code seminars check out my colleague Shahla Layendecker with SSTL Codes

If you want to learn more about these standards, be sure to check out my books:

“The ADA Companion Guide”  “Applying the ADA” published by Wiley. 


They are available for sale now. (also available as an e-book)

If you have any questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, RAS #240
Abadi Accessibility
214. 403.8714

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