ADA Restroom Signs

We have talked about unique restroom signs and standard ADA restroom signs. We have also talked about how these signs are actually very helpful to us and what kinds of restroom sign designs are sometimes used in other countries. Now, it is time to tackle the variations that you can use when you need to install restroom signs for your business.

If you think that all ADA restroom signs are the same, you are mistaken. They may look the same but in reality, there are some variations to the designs that are being used by different establishments everywhere. These small variations may include the pictograms being used, the font style, the size of the sign, the material being used for the sign and the colors used for both the background and the sign message itself.

As with most other signs that should follow ADA guidelines, bathroom signs also need to follow specific guidelines set by the ADA. These guidelines include pictogram usage, tactile letters, Braille and color contrasts. Such guidelines are set in place to help people with disabilities easily distinguish, recognize and understand the sign.

When it comes to ADA restroom signs, you will find that there are a number of variations in use these days. The variations often include a slight tweaking of the symbols used to show whether a bathroom is for use by men, by women or both. These signs will also show if there is a facility within the bathroom that people in wheelchairs can use and this is shown to all with the use of a wheelchair symbol.

The variations in graphic symbols that people sometimes use include small changes like in the shape of the skirt of the female pictogram or the shape of the wheelchair symbol. These slight variations in the graphics that you see being used on these signs are allowable simply because they still retain the general shape of the original pictograms, making them easy to understand, even when these symbols are felt with a person’s fingertips. These symbols don’t really digress too far from the original, which is why these are tolerated or allowed.

What cannot be changed when it comes to these signs however are the general rules that make these signs easy to understand by everyone. These rules include the mounting height, the use of non-glare material, the right color contrast and the use of fonts that are sans serif, if these signs carry wordings on them. These guidelines need to be followed in order for a bathroom sign to be considered compliant with ADA standards.