Bathroom Signs

There are a number of signs that need to follow ADA rules and bathroom signs are one of them. For your bathroom to be in compliance, there are a number of things that need to be considered when you decide on what sign to put on your bathroom. Here are some pointers you will need to remember:

  • Color and Contrast – for a bathroom sign to be ADA compliant, color contrasts for this needs to be within the 70% mandated contrast level. This means that the sign has to have either a background that is 70% lighter or darker than the pictogram and text. There are many color combinations to choose from, so you won’t need to worry about matching your sign to your present color scheme.

  • Pictograms – the pictograms that are often used for ADA compliant bathrooms also follow specific rules. Universal symbols used to show that a bathroom is for men, women or children should be easily seen and recognized on these signs. If your bathroom has facilities that are made for the use of people with disabilities, you will also need to have the international symbol for accessibility on your sign as well.

  • Text – while most bathroom signs do not carry text on them since the symbols used on these signs are distinguishable enough, some people still prefer having text on their bathroom signs for added measure. In order for you to have text that is compliant with ADA rules on your signs, you should always follow the rules governing font size, font type and color. Font size for signs of any type, including those used for bathrooms, should have a width to height ratio of between 1:1 and 3:5. Minimum letter height should be 3 inches and the letters should be raised in order for these to be easily read with the use of a person’s fingertips. Fonts used for these signs need to be easy to read with the fingertips too. This is why fonts that are sans serif are required.

  • Braille - you should also make sure that your signs have Grade 2 Braille translations of the words on them. While having tactile letters on your sign may seem to be good enough, having Braille on your signs is still necessary. You should make sure that your Braille translations are correct and the Braille dots on your signs are the domed ones that are considered compliant. These translations should be located directly under the text of your sign.

These are just a few of the compliance rules you need to follow in order for your bathroom signs to be ADA compliant. There are a few more rules that you will want to check in order for you to be sure that you are indeed within regulations. For more information about bathroom signs and other sign compliance questions you may have, visit http://www.ada.gov/