Adding Universal Design Features to Your Bathroom: The Sink

Written by Josh McDermott

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MOADA compliant products are designed to make their use easier, safer, and more comfortable for people with disabilities. They are a big part of the remodeling concept known as universal design.

While meeting ADA standards is not required for private residences, it has become a popular design choice, especially for people who intend to stay in their home as they age. Remodeling one or more of your bathrooms is the perfect time for incorporating features like wider doorways, pull-out cabinets, curbless showers, built-in shower seats, and easy-to-maneuver around sinks.

ADA Compliant Bathroom Sinks

Universal design is by definition a method that allows everyone, regardless of ability, disability, age, or size, to access products that meet their needs. At its core, it’s simply good design.

There are 3 main components of an ADA bathroom sink: the sink itself, the faucet, and the vanity.

The Sink

Designing the sink area in a universal design bathroom typically focuses on accommodating a wheelchair. That makes sink placement and height the two most important considerations. But no one ever said functional can’t be beautiful!

Both sink layouts shown here use innovative placement of plumbing fixtures to create an attractive setting that is easily accessible. If you like a more traditional look – and it fits in well with your home’s architectural style – a  pedestal sink is another option you may want to consider.

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MO

The Vanity

Prefer a more classic vanity with drawers? You have plenty of options here, as well.

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MO

This bathroom evokes the feel of a sophisticated spa while cleverly integrating universal design elements throughout. The double sink includes one cutout for a wheelchair, and the countertop flows seamlessly into the curbless shower to form a bench.

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MOIt doesn’t get any more time-honored than this double vanity. But the universal design secret is, as you can see, behind one set of doors.

We think what’s most important is to tailor a universal design sink and vanity to the person who will be using it. For example, one of our clients decided she wanted a standard vanity that did not accommodate her wheelchair. She did install the touch/wave faucets, but she was content to turn sideways to use them.

 

The Faucet

There are certain style faucets that are well-suited to a universal design bathroom. One or two-lever (1), wrist blade (2), or touchless (3) products that display the ADA symbol or state they are ADA compliant are your best bet.

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MO

ada bathroom sink St. Louis MO

All three options are easier to “handle” for people with limited mobility. The touchless models can be ideal for someone who cannot move their hands very well, as with arthritis or other motor skill problems.

Learn More

The key to a successful universal design remodel is getting the ADA components to blend with the rest of your home’s look. Working with a knowledgeable designer who knows the safety guidelines and access standards for ADA products can help you maximize the functional use of space without compromising on style.

A bit of investment in the planning stages of a new family bathroom will serve you and your home well in the years to come. Future-proofing one or more of your home’s bathroom doesn’t mean just age-friendly design. Safety and your family’s health at any stage of life is what’s important. Our designers will show you how simple it can be to translate your vision to reality while helping you recognize your present and future needs.

Ready to get started with your universal design bathroom remodel? We’re ready to show you how. To learn more about our bathroom remodeling process or to set up an initial consultation, get in touch with us today. We look forward to meeting with you!

For Josh, it’s always been about relationships. As J.T. McDermott’s 2nd generation owner, he believes nothing matters more than the enduring friendships that are built with the homeowners he serves. “If I can help both our clients grow and the team grow, everything else will take care of itself.”

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