Bathroom Signs

The term “bathroom signs” often brings to mind signs that look the same almost anywhere, and this is essentially true, since most establishments choose to use the same type of sign everybody else uses to avoid confusion. After all, who wants to confuse people with signs that people need, and often in a pinch. With this particular mindset, restroom signs that carry the same pictograms, color combinations, and text can be seen used by one establishment after another.

There is actually nothing wrong with following the norm when it comes to these signs, but did you know that you can actually tweak your signs in a way that will make these still easy to understand but not as common looking? There are a number of customization options you can choose to use when it comes to these signs and these options can give you bathroom signs that people will understand but don’t will make these look rather uncommon.

Restroom SignsFunny Bathroom Signs – these signs usually come with a sense of humor, and such hilarity comes in various forms. Sometimes, in order to have a funny looking bathroom sign that is still ADA compliant, you will need to tweak only the parts that are not really touched upon by the ADA. More often than not, this is the pictogram of the sign. You can re-design the pictograms of your bathroom signs, but retain all the other compliance parts of these signs, such as the tactile letters, Braille translations, and proper color contrasts, in order to remain compliant.

Some establishments try to redesign the entire bathroom signage in order to fully inject the humor they want into it. In order to comply with the need for ADA signs however, they place these funny signs on the doors of the bathrooms, and put a compliant sign on the latch side of the door to avoid non-compliance issues.

Bathroom SignagePictogram Only Signs – these signs usually do not have the words “restroom” or “men” or “women” on them in ordinary letters, but these are required to have Braille translations of what the sign is supposed to be for. This means that the people who see these signs can easily tell what these are for due to the pictograms on them. These pictograms need to be tactile, in replacement of the tactile letters that are supposed to be part of the sign, so that those who cannot read Braille can easily understand what the sign is for.

Text Only Signs – while this is rather rare, since most establishments do use signs with the universally recognizable symbols used for men’s, women’s and unisex restrooms to help bridge language barriers, some businesses choose to go without pictograms altogether. These signs are sometimes used as supplementary signs however, with the word Men’s Restroom, Ladies’ Restroom, and even just Restroom, going on signs that are placed on the doors of these facilities. These are often used in a decorative capacity, and are sometimes created using artistic letters and such. For compliance, these companies still need to have the requisite ADA compliant bathroom signs to be mounted on the latch side of these bathroom doors, with the universally recognizable symbols used for such facilities on them.

These are but some of the variations that a number of businesses and establishments use when it comes to bathroom signs. While majority do go for the usual blue and white signs that can be seen everywhere, a few do try to create the kinds of signs that may not necessarily be ground-breaking, but are a respite from the ordinary and the commonplace nonetheless.

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