Ladies' Restroom Signs

Much like every other sign that needs to conform to ADA standards, ladies’ restroom signs have to carry elements that make them compliant with the rules set by the government for signage. Since restroom signs are considered one of the permanent signs that are used by establishments everywhere, these signs need to follow strict rules when it comes to composition, mounting and the like.

Restroom signs need to follow ADA standards since bathrooms do not change purposes, unlike other rooms used in various establishments. This is why ADA guidelines like tactile letters, Braille translations and standard pictograms need to be followed for these signs. To help you better understand what exactly can be found on most (if not all) here is a list of the elements found on this kind of a sign:

-      Tactile Letters – tactile letters are a standard requirement for ADA signs and since bathroom signs (male or female) are part of the list of signs that need to be ADA compliant, letters that are raised by at least 1/32” above the surface of the sign. These tactile letters also need to be in all caps or upper case and should measure no less than 5/8” and not beyond 2” in height.

-      Font – the fonts used for restroom signs (and other ADA compliant signs) need to be sans serif, which means these need to be simple enough to be easily read with the fingertips.

-      Braille – Braille translations of the sign message should be included in these signs and should be located directly beneath the text wording of such a sign. This translation should be in Grade 2 Braille and must have the same raised value as the tactile letters on these signs.

-      Pictogram – while you can use variations of the standard ladies’ restroom pictogram on your signs, you need to make sure that when you do use a symbol for your bathroom signs that this does not veer too far from the originally used symbol for women’s restrooms. Also worth noting is the placement of such a pictogram. Make sure that this symbol is in a field that is at least 6” high. Text or Braille translations should not intrude into this particular field.

-      Non-glare finish – to keep your signs within ADA specifications, you also have to ensure that the background finish of your signs need to be non-glare or non-gloss. Choices for this include matte, and eggshell.

-      Color Contrast – make sure that your bathroom signs have a 70% contrast, either dark over light or light over dark, to ensure that people with visual impairments can easily distinguish the background from the copy on your signs.