Bedrooms

 

Bedrooms are a tricky subject in the ADA guidelines, as residential bedrooms are not directly addressed. Individuals looking to upgrade a bedroom to meet these standards should keep all electrical requirements in mind, as well as flooring, entry, and landing requirements. This also means that you must account for enough clear floor space in any bedroom. 

As a general rule of thumb, the ADA does look at commercial accommodations and calls for any room with a bed to have at least 120 square feet of space. Additionally, any room that has multiple beds must have 100 square feet per bed. 

Beyond these commercial requirements, residential dwellings must keep common sense in mind. Make sure that hand rails are installed where needed in accordance to the guidelines and that nothing is obstructed to prevent normal functioning. Also, keep in mind that a bedroom which contains an attached bathroom must follow the ADA guidelines for a bathroom as well.

Overall, a bedroom is meant to be easy to navigate and move around, so it is important that there are very few obstructions and enough room to navigate and move about. Finally, a bedroom cannot serve as the primary entry for a residence. 

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