Suppose you’re an interior designer who works with businesses in your area. In that case, you must be familiar with ADA requirements and how they apply to the office designs that you create. Every company you work with is subject to ADA compliance standards, and as an office designer, you should ensure that the designs you provide meet those standards. It makes life much easier for your clients and ensures that there won’t be any surprises after your design is applied to the office space. Keep reading to learn more about ADA signage in Westchester County and how to apply ADA design standards in your client’s office space.
Ensure Proper Clearance Under Desks and Tables
If you’re responsible for selecting the office furniture, ensure that every desk and table you recommend complies with ADA standards. According to the ADA, tables and desks must meet the following requirements:
- Between 28 and 34 inches high
- 27 inches of clearance between the bottom of the table and the floor
- Knee clearance of at least 19 inches under the table
These requirements ensure adequate clearance for those who use wheelchairs when using office furniture. With many options on the market that meet these requirements, you should always double-check the amount of clearance so that a disabled employee or customer of the company can use the furniture with ease and comfort.
Use Ergonomic and Accessible Fixtures
As a designer, you know that the little details and fixtures in the space can significantly impact the overall design; you may not know that they can also impact the overall accessibility. Here are a few standard fixture options that are more ergonomic and accessible for everyone:
- Rocker switches – While toggle switches may be the default option, rocker switches are much easier for people of mobility levels to use.
- Door handles – Rather than having round knobs on the doors, which require the user to grip and turn the knob simultaneously, opt for lever-shaped door handles that users can press down. These are very helpful for those with arthritis or other medical conditions that impact grip strength.
- Faucets – Make sure any faucets in the area (especially in areas used by customers) can be operated with no more than 5 pounds of force. You should have no trouble finding faucet handles that meet this requirement.
- Drawer and cabinet hardware – Again, avoid those small, round knobs that are hard to use. Opt instead for U-shaped pulls, levers, or simple push-type mechanisms.
It’s important to remember that ADA standards aren’t just about people being able to move around the space. They must be able to use the space just as well as an able-bodied person and these features help make that possible.
Ensure Signage is ADA Compliant
Finally, ensure that the office space signs comply with ADA standards. Ensuring that the design of your clients’ office signs meets all requirements can be difficult if you’re not entirely familiar with them. While they can certainly have a beautiful design that complements the overall design of the space you’ve created, they still must meet specific criteria to be ADA compliant—and the list of requirements is longer and detailed.
We encourage you to reach out to Adaptive Signage for assistance with designing and creating ADA-compliant signs for all your clients. Our sign company in Westchester County, NY, specializes in creating signs for businesses that are both beautiful and functional. Contact us to learn more.