Bathroom stall doors can open via swinging inwards or outwards and also be hinged from either the left side or right side. The selection of door swing usually comes down to the preference of the buyer based on factors such as:
- Handicap Laws. ADA Handicap laws require that bathroom stalls for handicap stalls swing outwards that is no more than 4″ from the corner diagonlally from the toilet.
- Stall Depth. If there is not enough depth inside the bathroom stall, the doors cannot open inward without hitting the toilet or with enough room to allow the user to exit the bathroom stall. In this cirucmstance, it would be wise to select stall doors that open outwards. (General rule of thumb to determine the minimum sall depth needed for inswing doors – add 30″ plus the door opening size = minimum bathroom stall depth for inswing door).
- Limitation of Space / Exterior Obstacles. If there is limited walkable space outside of the bathroom stalls, people generally choose to have the doors swing inward to prevent people or objects on the outside of the stalls from getting struck by outswinging doors.
Most bathroom stall doors open inward, with the exception of the Standard Wheelchair Accessible ADA bathroom stall that are required to open outwards (check local guidelines).