Door Signs

Permanent door signs are those signs that are used to indicate what a room is for and these particular signs are used specifically for rooms that are not bound to change usage anytime soon. Examples of such rooms that utilize such signs include bathrooms, kitchens, conference rooms and the like. These signs need to comply with ADA standards, which means, these need to follow strict rules regarding sign composition as well as mounting.

Since these signs have to follow ADA guidelines, one of the rules that need to be followed is the one that covers mounting. Permanent room signs have to be mounted 60 inches from its center to the floor. This means that the middle part of your sign should be around 5 feet from the floor, or essentially at a level that is both easy to see and easy to touch.

These ADA signs also need to be mounted beside the door and not on the door itself. Although a supplementary sign can be mounted on the door as well (if you wanted to), the main sign that is used to show people what a room is for should be posted on the wall on the side of the door of the space or the room. Aside from this, the location of these signs should be on the side where the door knob or latch is located.

Some people wonder why these door signs are mounted in these locations and not on the door itself or on the other side of the door, for that matter. Some people may even argue that these are “door signs”, so these should be posted on the door of the room itself. While the term does indicate that these signs are used on doors, the reason for mounting these beside instead of on doors is pretty sound.

Since these signs are used by people with visual impairments, they will be reading these signs with the use of their fingertips. This is the reason why these signs have tactile letters and Braille on them. With these signs mounted beside the door instead of on the door itself, these will be safer to read since the person reading these with their fingers won’t get hit by an opening door while they are reading such a sign.

Also worth noting is that these signs are placed on the latch side of these doors because of the same reason (unless if the door swings inwards). If these were placed on the hinge side of doors, the chances of hitting a person reading it (whether the person is visually impaired or not), is slim to none. Which essentially means, the mounting of such signs on the side of doors and not on the doors itself is for safety reasons.