ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Saunas and Steambaths

4.36 Saunas and Steam Rooms

4.36.1 General

Saunas and steam rooms required to be accessible by 4.1 shall comply with 4.36

4.36.2* Wheelchair Turning Space.

A wheelchair turning space complying with 4.2.3 shall be provided within the room. The space required for a wheelchair to make a 180-degree turn is a clear space of 60 in. (1525mm) diameter (see fig. 3a) or a T-shaped space (see Fig. 3b).

EXCEPTION: Wheelchair turning space shall be permitted to be obstructed by readily removable seats.

4.36.3 Sauna and Steam Room Bench

Where seating is provided, at least one bench shall be provided and shall comply with 4.37.

4.36.4 Door Swing

Doors shall not swing into any part of the clear floor or ground space required at a bench complying with 4.37.

4.37 Benches

4.37.1 General

Benches required to be accessible by 4.1 shall comply with 4.37.

4.37.2 Clear Floor or Ground Space

Clear floor or ground space complying with 4.2.4 shall be provided and shall be positioned for parallel approach to a short end of a bench seat.

EXCEPTION: Clear floor or ground space required by 4.37.2 shall be permitted to be obstructed by readily removable seats in saunas and steam rooms.

4.37.3* Size

Benches shall be fixed and shall have seats that are 20 inches (510 mm) minimum to 24 inches (610 mm) maximum in depth and 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum in length see fig 47.

4.37.4 Back Support

Benches shall have back support that is 42 inches (1065 mm) minimum in length and that extends from a point 2 inches (51 mm) maximum above the seat to a point 18 inches (455 mm) minimum above the seat (see Fig. 48).

4.37.5 Seat Height

Bench seats shall be 17 inches (430 mm) minimum to 19 inches (485 mm) maximum above the floor or ground.

4.37.6 Structural Strength

Allowable stresses shall not be exceeded for materials used when a vertical or horizontal force of 250 lbs. (1112 N) is applied at any point on the seat, fastener, mounting device, or supporting structure.

4.37.7 Wet Locations

The surface of benches installed in wet locations shall be slip-resistant and shall not accumulate water.

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Figure 47 - Bench size shown in plan view to be 20 inches minimum to 24 inches maximum wide and 42 inches long minimum.
Figure 48(a) shows bench back support in plan view 42 inches in length minimum; figure (b) side elevation of back support extending 2 inches maximum above the top of the seat to a point 18 inches minimum above the seat.