An accessible bedroom must have sufficient manoeuvring space. This means a 1500mm diameter clear space inside the room, with 900mm on each side of the bed. NZS 4121’s Figure 54 has sample floor plans. Controls such as curtain pull cords, television and radio, heaters, as well as light switches, need to be located between 500mm and 1200mm from the floor. Lighting should be arranged so that one of the main lights can be controlled from each side of the bed. There should be provision for hanging clothes at a level of about 1300mm in a wardrobe that is located with a clear approach area.

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