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DOORWAYS AND DOORS

Published: June 3, 2006

* Minimum clear width for doorways of 32 inches for wheelchair passage; clear width of narrow doorways can be increased by 1 ½ to 2 inches with offset or fold-back hinges, be removing the door, or installing a pocket door which slides into the wall when not in use
* A 5 foot, level space inside and outside each doorway, especially near the top of a staircase; doors should open outwards, especially in small rooms, such as bathrooms.
* Side-hung doors are suitable for people with limited arm and hand usage; remote control doors for other individuals – doors to consider: pocket-sliding, sliding, folding, automatic, remote controlled, equipped with opening and closing devices, pneumatically assisted doors, and pulley-operated openers and closers
* Kick plates for protection from wheelchair footrests; 7 ½ inch high bottom frame of glass doors; mat wells for doormats to provide level surfaces
* Handles, pulls, latches, locks, etc. with shapes that are easy to grasp with one hand and do not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist to operate; lever, push type, and U-shaped handles are available that slip over existing round doorknobs; auxiliary handles or rails can be installed that align with the door and are used to open the door
* A clearance of 2 inches between the handle and the door; handles placed between 3 feet and 3 feet, 3 inches from the floor
* Thresholds that are no higher than ¾ inch; wooden thresholds that are beveled on each side, or weather stripping, act as a mini-ramp.

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