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Wheelchair Accessible Sinks

• Wall mounted sinks provide the greatest access but a pedestal sink can also work
• Creating space to get to the sink is the first challenge
• Faucets and levers are also important for safety and ease of use

Sink Access
Space is the primary issue facing a wheelchair user when trying to use the sink. A typical bathroom sink and vanity doesn’t provide space below the sink for a wheelchair user’s feet and legs. The accessible solution is to clear the area below the sink to provide room. There are several ways to create that space:

Wall Mounted Sinks: The most straightforward solution is to install a new wall hung ADA sink. There are a number of sinks on the market that are designed for wheelchair accessibility. These sinks typically are shallower front to back and the drains are positioned at the back of the sink – close to the wall. This shape provides clearance for knees so a wheelchair user can get close enough to use the sink comfortably.

Pedestal Sink: While a pedestal sink does not provide as much space – it is often considered a more attractive alternative. If the pedestal can fit between the user’s feet when they are in the wheelchair – they can be quite easy to use.

Vanity Top: Vanity tops with integrated or mounted sinks are also a very good alternative when mounted correctly. A vanity top provides more space for care items around the sink which is useful. In fact, after removing an existing cabinet – we can wall-mount the top and create a very accessible sink.

Faucets: Beyond getting the right sink – Forever Active can help ensure that you get the right faucet as well. In general, we recommend a single lever faucet with a pressure balanced valve to avoid scalding. If a two model is preferred, we recommend paddle levers that do not require grasping and turning. In some instances, a motion sensitive faucet is the right solution.