Bathroom Signs

When you look at the signs around you, you will notice that these are mounted at a certain height and position. This positioning is not random, and is in fact placed in these places for very specific reasons. Some of the main reasons for these mounting locations include, among other things, compliance and to enable those who need these most to easily read and understand them.

These bathroom signs are made specifically for those who have visual impairments, although not necessarily blindness. These signs are designed with features like 70% color contrasts, proper character height to sign size ratio, and tactile letters as well as Braille translations. While having the right ratios and color combinations can help people easily read and understand these signs, if these are not mounted properly, such features will prove somewhat useless.

When it comes to bathroom signs, you will notice that these are often found in the same locations almost all the time. Even signs that have arrows on them, pointing you in the direction of these facilities, are often mounted in the same areas and at the same heights. The reason for such uniformity is the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandates that certain standards be followed to give people equal opportunities, whether it be for work, for access to public spaces, or for signs.

For bathroom signs, the rule-of-thumb for mounting is that these signs should be mounted at a height of 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign. This is to facilitate the easy reading of the sign with the use of the fingertips. This is also why these signs have tactile features like Braille translations and raised characters. These signs need to be mounted on the latch or doorknob side of the bathroom door to prevent the possibility of the person getting hit by anyone entering and leaving the bathroom.

On that same note, these bathroom doors also open inwards, to prevent anybody from getting hit by an opening and closing door, should they be reading these signs with their sense of touch. This is also the same reason why most of these doors do not have signs with tactile features on them. There are some doors however that do have supplementary signs on their doors, and this is to simply reinforce that the door in question does lead to a bathroom.

Not all States have the exact same guidelines for these signs, although they do have generally the same ones most of the time. For bathroom signage, you will notice that some States, like California for instance, have some additional rules that need to be followed when it comes to these signs. It might be a good idea to consult with a signage or compliance expert to ensure that you are indeed complying with the law in terms of these restroom signs.

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