Universal Design Entry & Access

Universal Design | Kitchen | Bathroom

Tips On Safe Home Entrance

For accessibility and ease of use, at least one entrance per home should have:

  • A covered entryway.
  • Low (less than 1/2 in.) or no threshold.
  • Wide doors – at least 32 in.
  • Swing-away hinges to allow wider access.
  • Lever sets or D-handle loops rather than knobs for those with limited hand strength.
  • Easy-to-reach and operate interior lock with no small buttons to manipulate.
  • Garage and entrance at the same level. Make sure drainage is considered.
  • Peep hole at lower level.
  • Non-slip surfaces on steps or ramp.
  • Curb cuts or ramps at driveway.
  • Avoid sidewalk drop-offs. 
  • No drainage grates.
  • Package shelf at front entrance for holding items while opening the door.
  • Highly visible street number and doorbell.
  • Adequate lighting.

Ramps should have:

  • 1:20 rise and run for exterior; 1:12 for interior
  • Landing area of 60 in. by 60 in. to allow for turnaround space.
  • Minimum 36-in. width.
  • Anti-slip surface.
  • Handrails on both sides.
  • Soil fill to eliminate drop-off and enhance appearance.