Accessible Toilet Checklist: A guide to designing a wheelchair-friendly loo

Accessible Toilet Checklist: A guide to designing a wheelchair-friendly loo

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional with regards to the specifications for accessible toilets. However, based on personal experience as a mobility aid user, I consider the criteria below important. The information in this post should serve as a guide in combination with advice from an expert in this field.

Accessible toilets are an absolute necessity for many people living with a disability. A crucial part of inclusive spaces, their design features allow wheelchair users and individuals with a range of (physical) disabilities to use the toilet as independently and safely as possible. 

Below you’ll find an Accessible Toilet Checklist with some important things to consider when designing a wheelchair-friendly toilet. 

But first: Who are accessible toilets made for?

  • Wheelchair users
  • Individuals with mobility impairments
  • People with bowel and/or bladder conditions
  • People with balance issues, grip issues, or other conditions that make support rails useful
  • People with a range of invisible disabilities who also need to use the facilities
  • … and more





TIP: If you’re in doubt about any of the answers to the above questions, I recommend sitting in a (wheel)chair and testing it out for yourself. 



Safety features


Useful Resources

Tip: accessaloo, an app putting wheelchair-friendly loos on the map   

accessaloo is a new app (2019) that allows users to share information and locate accessible toilets around the globe. Click here to go to the accessaloo website, or download the app directly from the App Store or Google Play

Click here to go to Able Amsterdam’s Accessible Toilet Directory.

Click here for a related blog post: “What makes a toilet accessible?  Important features of a wheelchair-friendly loo”

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Josephine Rees

My name is Josephine Rees (1993) and I am Dutch-British. I was raised in Tokyo and Moscow and moved to The Netherlands to study Anthropology & Human Geography in 2012. After briefly living in Thailand and Cambodia, I am now based in Amsterdam. I love exploring Amsterdam and hope to help others by sharing accessibility tips.

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