A freestanding bench can be moved and enables a user to be assisted by two or more people either side of the bench, whereas a wall-hung bench enables people to be assisted on one side of the bench only. In some cases, for example in a day centre with staff who are familiar with the equipment, a freestanding changing bench may be preferred to a wall-mounted version. Providing a freestanding changing bench should be informed by stakeholder engagement and consultation with end-users.

A freestanding changing bench, in lieu of a wall-mounted changing bench, will not prima facie, indicate compliance with Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations (as amended).

Figure 5 Changing Places Toilet Changing Bench and Fittings


  1. Vertical grabrail ∅ diameter 35mm
  2. Personal belongings shelf
  3. Alarm pull cord
  4. Privacy screen
  5. Privacy screen
  6. Height-adjustable changing bench
  7. Wide paper roll dispenser
  8. Optional showering unit with minimum 2,000mm hose
  9. Floor drain (when showering unit is provided)

Note: All dimensions in millimetres.

Image 7 Example of a wall-mounted height-adjustable changing bench.


Image 8 A person using a hoist, being transferred onto a wall-hung changing bench by two assistants.