Universal Design Entry & Access
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.