What are the Dimensions of a Disabled Shower Room?
The dimensions of a disabled shower room must be of such a size to comply with modern building regulations (Doc M of the UK building regulations). The following article aims to explore disabled shower room dimensions and requirements further.
In hospitals and sports centres, disabled shower facilities should be designed to ensure that wheelchair users are able to approach, transfer to, and use the facilities. This may take the form of a self-contained room with combined shower and changing facilities.
The Recommended Dimensions of a Disabled Shower and changing room are:
At least 2200mm Deep x 2000mm Wide
The recommended dimensions of a disabled shower and changing room that also incorporates a corner WC are at least 2500mm deep x 2400mm wide.
Design considerations for a disabled shower and changing room include:
- Doors should preferably be outward opening and are fitted with a horizontal closing bar fixed to the inside face.
- A wall mounted tip-up seat should be supplied.
- An emergency assistance alarm system should be reachable from the wall mounted tip-up seat or the floor.
- Blue colour contrasting grab rails should be installed against white background walls for the visually impaired.
- The correct number, size, and positioning of grab rails should be installed within the room.
- A shower curtain should be installed that can be operated from the wall mounted shower seat.
- Both a fixed and an adjustable shower head should be installed with separate independent controls.
Commercial Washrooms can supply all of the correct products for your disabled shower and changing room installation. We are also happy to advise on disabled washroom installations.
Further information on the size and layout requirements of a disabled shower room can be found at HM Government's Document M of the building regulations.
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