Each toilet cubicle must be designed with the user and location in mind. For example, toilet cubicles vary in accessibility in different settings. Leisure centres, schools, commercial properties and hospitals all have different toilet cubicle layouts. Below, we will discuss the variations of toilet dimensions to get a better understanding of the requirements.
It is usually wise to consider cubicle sizes for walking wounded (ambulant style) and disabled (DDA Compliant). For more on regulations and requirements click here.
Every standard cubicle by law must now have a minimum of a 450mm diameter for the user to manoeuvre in. We have highlighted the following sizes to outline a recommended guide on toilet cubicle dimensions:
Indicator-bolts must also be capable of being operated with a closed fist (i.e., easily accessible for people with mobility issues) and doors must operate in such a way that complies with emergency evacuation procedures. If the cubicle were to collapse or become damaged, the user must be able to get out without becoming trapped.
Obviously, disabled toilets are naturally required to be bigger in order to accommodate for both wheelchairs and the physically impaired.
Every same-sex toilet cubicle should have a minimum of one WC cubicle suited for such users. If the establishment in question only has one toilet cubicle, then it must be suitable for an ambulant user. The toilet cubicle must also feature an outward opening door for accessibility.
These toilet cubicles are comprised of a single washroom with 4 or more cubicles inside. These enlarged cubicles must have a width of 1210mm and include and outward opening door. Both horizontal and vertical rails are also a requirement in order to assist the user if necessary.
Similar to the enlarged cubicle toilet, wheelchair access is of paramount importance for the physically impaired.
The disabled toilet dimensions have recently been restructured in order to accommodate a cubicle length of 2220mm, as opposed to its previous measurement of 2000mm. The outward opening door needs to be 950mm wide and have a 900mm opening.
While the are no set sizes for toilet cubicles, building regulations do govern the minimum toilet cubicle dimensions for manufactures and suppliers. The Building Regulations Part M and the Equality Act 2010 showcase guidance on standard, ambulant and enlarged toilet cubicle dimensions for companies to follow.
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