Does changing the swing on my bathroom door actually buy me any space?
March 29, 2012 9:13 AM Subscribe
What is considered good practice (but not ADA) for interior door clearance in a small residential bathroom with an outswing or pocket door?
posted by pizzazz to home & garden (5 answers total)
I am planning the layout for a small (6.5x7.5 sq ft) bathroom. We currently have a 2.5 ft door that swings into the bathroom. The internet suggests that making the door swing out will buy space in the interior, presumably because I can put fixtures (e.g. sink) within the current sweep of the door.
However, I clearly can't put a sink right in front of the door because then I wouldn't be able to get into the bathroom. So how much can a sink encroach on the current sweep of the door if I change the door to swing outwards (or put in a pocket door)?
Is there a "good practice" rule about this, or something in the code? It seems like there should be, but I couldn't find it. Perhaps I am not searching on the right term. "Clearance" seems to refer to the width of the door. "Maneuver" seems to be associated with ADA rules, and I can't comply with that in this particular case.
This is in LA county.