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Standard-size WC compartment

Some disabled people may not find conventional ‘accessible’ WCs convenient to use: for example, people of short stature (dwarfism) and people with mobility problems who find larger spaces more difficult as there is less support when they are balancing to remove or adjust clothing. They may prefer to use standard WCs, where the partition walls may aid in maintaining balance. People who, for whatever reason, do not feel comfortable using an accessible WC can benefit from a more user-friendly environment in the standard WC.

The following design guidance is likely to improve access for all users.

  • Door handles located between 800 and 1000mm are reachable by people of short stature (this means that a person of short stature can use the compartments, and also prevents the possibility of someone being unable to escape in the event of a fire).
  • Cubicle locks which slide and which are between 800 and 1000mm are suitable for adults with short stature.
  • A minimum 450mm diameter manoeuvring space should be provided between the swing of an inwardopening door, the WC pan and the side wall of the compartment (see diagram below).
  • Colour or tonal contrast between washbasin and splashback, cubicle door and surroundings, and WC pan and surroundings, makes identification of facilities easier.
  • Floors surfaces should be non-slip.

Image of a standard WC compartment with inward-opening door