Accessible Showers for Modern Architecture

Architects play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our spaces and communities, and we're here to support your vision every step of the way.

Our goal is to provide you with all the information and products necessary to navigate accessibility regulations and ADA compliance, ensuring your designs are both aesthetically stunning and universally accessible. Here, you can explore our comprehensive range of accessible showers and shower pans to find the perfect fit for your project.

Our Project Experts:
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    Your Questions Answered:

  • Since private apartments and residential homes don’t usually need to be ADA-compliant, accessible showers are usually a good choice for residential renovations. They share some similarities to ADA showers, like a low threshold, but accessible showers come in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet a wider range of needs for renovations.

    Accessible showers are more likely to be multi-piece units to accommodate a renovation, and you can choose where to install accessories for your individual preference. Click here for more details on the difference between ADA and Accessible Showers.

  • ADA Showers are designed to meet Federal requirements for ADA code compliance in commercial & public buildings. The American with Disabilities Act specifies shower sizes, threshold height, clearances and accessory configurations to accommodate wheelchair users.

    Freedom ADA showers are quality products that you can depend on for commercial projects in the USA that must follow the requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The information on this page on ADA Showers is found in Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities, of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

  • An ADA compliant shower will meet certain design criteria that make the shower accessible for anyone, including those who use a wheelchair. These criteria include: 

    • a threshold height that is no more than ½” high above the finished bathroom floor. Otherwise, the curb must be flush with the bathroom floor
    • an inside dimension of either 36” x 36” for Transfer Showers or minimum 60” x 30” for Roll in showers
    • Grab bars in specific locations.
    • A shower seat (in most cases), that is fixed to the wall and spans the width of the shower
    • A pressure balanced mixing valve to prevent scalding
    • A height-adjustable shower head with a minimum 59” long hose, so it can be used as a handheld or as a fixed shower head
    • Enough clearance space outside the shower to allow for easy approach in a wheelchair

  • The ADA is a federal legislation, but state and municipal building requirements may add to ADA requirements (but never require less than the federal ADA). It is important to check with local authorities as well.

  • There are 3 acceptable styles of showers that are ADA compliant for commercial or public use buildings.

    1. Transfer Type ADA Showers(36" x 36" inside dimension) Specially designed so that users can transfer onto a shower bench from a wheelchair parked outside the shower unit. To comply with ADA requirements, ADA Transfer Showers must be properly accessorized.
    2. Standard Roll-in Type ADA Showers (minimum 60" x 30" inside dimension) Makes maneuvering in a wheelchair easy, with 60" x 30" of accessible shower space. Some jurisdictions require a 60" x 36" inside dimension so that caregivers can easily assist.
    3. Alternate Roll-In Type Shower Compartments, have a minimum inside dimension of 60” x 36”, with a minimum 36” wide entry provided at one end of the long side of the compartment. (We don't sell this style)

  • In ADA compliant showers, horizontal grab bars should be installed between 33” to 36” above the finished bathroom floor, measured to the top of the gripping surface. Grab bars should not rotate within their fittings. Grab bars should be installed properly into reinforced walls, and should withstand up to 250 lbs of force.

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Notable Projects

Harlem Hospital is New York’s first hospital to be designated a ‘Baby Friendly Hospital’ by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. With a reputation for modernization through ongoing renovations, its Postpartum Care Unit now features 17 of our Freedom ADA roll-in showers, added since 2021.

Harlem Hospital Postpartum Care Unit,

Harlem, NY

Situated just north of Tucson AZ in the Santa Catalina mountains, La Posada at Pusch Ridge will provide independent living support for hundreds of residents after its Grand Opening in 2025. Breaking ground in 2023, this community features our Freedom ADA roll-in shower pans in 277 of its residences.

La Posada at Pusch Ridge,

Tucson, AZ

Opening its first phase in 2018, the Spring Cypress Senior Living community in Cypress, TX features a variety of support options and facilities, designed to meet their residents’ needs. To make care easier for the residents and staff alike, their Assisted Living residences feature several dozen of our Freedom ADA Showers in a variety of configurations.

Spring Cypress Assisted Living,

Cypress, TX

Completed in 2019, Echo 1055 Apartments is a student housing community providing off-campus residences for University of Nevada, Las Vegas students. We're proud that our Freedom ADA roll-in showers are installed in a significant number of units.

Echo 1055 Apartments,

Las Vegas, NV