Restroom Stall Doors

Let’s have a little restroom rant.

The ADAAG (ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities) talks about clear floor space, grab bars, fixture height, size and doors (they swing out), and these things are all good. What’s missing? You pull open the door and roll into your roomy, compliant stall, turn around (because there’s enough room, hooray!) to close the door, but … there’s no way to grab the darn thing in order to pull it closed!

Oh, if your balance is good, you can reach down to grab the bottom of the door to pull it shut. Be sure not to fall out of your chair while doing this.

The answer? Put a handle (or purse hook – do men’s restrooms even have these?) somewhere in the middle of the door on the inside. I’ve described this to facilities managers all over the Front Range, but have had zero success communicating it, unless I can actually get the person into the restroom, in the stall, to demonstrate graphically.



  1. Patricia Tryon

    Doesn’t seem like the problem is with your communication; I understand and I’m certainly no “facilities” whiz…

  2. mdmhvonpa

    I get it, and I know exactly what you are talking about. My hands dont always work the way I like them too but fortunately my legs are functional enough that I can use the narrow stalls. In any event, I usually end up reaching to the top of the stall door to close it. Tip, get a magnet with a rope or string attached and keep it in your chair. Good for picking up metal utinsels, keys and closing bathroom doors.

  3. Katja

    Patricia, I think it’s because you are already predisposed to listen to me, and the facilities people aren’t.

    mdmhvonpa, I like the magnet idea; I’ll add that to my toolkit (I wonder if it’ll fry my cellphone, or something).


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