Design requirements for doors go beyond the door itself. Though there are recommendations for the hardware, there are also needs for width, clearance, and a variety of other factors. Naturally, there are also requirements for any steps that may lead into the room. These rely on the entry requirements of the home, and should be taken into consideration when any door is involved.

Because there are so many different types of doors and entry points, the requirements are easiest to represent through a chart, which is outlined in the ADA standards. 


A double door must always have a wide enough vestibule to allow for someone in a wheelchair to close one door and still maneuver to open the other. Closet doors have to always be at least 32 inches wide and depending on the type of closet must also ensure that they are accessible. For example, a walk-in closet needs enough clear floor space for someone in a wheelchair to maneuver. 


This assumes a swinging door, which is most common for residential homes. Please note that pocket doors have slightly different requirements. 

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