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ADA Door Signs - Proper Location of Tactile Signs at Doors


									?ADA door signs are one of the most common sign types used for identifying rooms
with doors in office buildings, hospitals, schools and businesses of all sizes.

The purchase and display of ADA signage is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to
achieve compliance with ADA standards.

In order for your business to be compliant with standards listed in the Americans with
Disabilities Act, you'll need to know the safe locations for hanging your tactile signs
near doorways.

Proper positioning for tactile door signs

In the case of single doors, mount your tactile signs at the latch side of the door
leading into the room or office. This is the most convenient area for any wayfinding
signage, and is also in compliance with ADA standards.

If the room has double doors with only one door leaf actively swinging, the sign may
be mounted on the inactive leaf. This means only a door that will not be used to enter
the area and has been immobilized.

If the room has double doors with both door leafs actively swinging, the sign should
be mounted to the right of the right-handed door.

When no wall space is available for hanging signs on the latch side for single doors or
the right door side for double doors, the nearest adjacent wall should be used.

It's easy to find buildings with examples of all these door types and sign positions. I
suggest visiting hospitals and office buildings to see examples of door sign location if
you need further guidance.

How to determine a safe location for your ADA door signs

In order to be used safely, tactile signs must be mounted in a safe location by the door
of the room it is indicating. Visitors to the room need to be kept clear of swinging
doors while searching for the rooms they want to find.

According to official ADA guidelines, a floor measurement of 18 inches (or 455
millimeters) by 18 inches minimum is used. The measurement is made from the swing
of the door edge to the center of the tactile lettering of the sign.

The rules suggest using a 45 degree angle of opened door to determine is enough
clearance has been allowed. The 18 inch minimum measurement from the sign face
and to the right of the door swing should provide the needed clearance for safe

You can choose to leave more space if you determine that the area will experience
heavy foot traffic. You will need to keep the sign close enough to the door to clearly
indicate it is meant to identify that room. But as long as you remember to measure 18
inches minimum from the center of the tactile text, your door sign will be in
compliance with ADA standards.

ADA compliance

These guidelines apply to permanent signage for rooms, offices and restrooms.

If you have any special needs regarding the specific uses of the rooms in your
building or you have other questions, please contact the US government for more

However, these guidelines are acceptable for most ADA tactile door signage available
on the market today. Whether you use standard signage or custom tactile creations,
proper door sign location is simple to apply and keeps your business compliant with
ADA standards.

Disclaimer: The preceding information is intended as a general guide for compliance
of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The author assumes no liability for its
completeness or accuracy. This article is not a legal document and is not meant to be
viewed as a substitute for professional legal advice.

Anthony Bogner has over 10 years experience in crafting and selling architectural
signage, including literature holders, directories, and ADA tactile signs. Visit for tips,
advice, and information about acrylic signs for businesses of all sizes. Our website
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