The Truth About Toilets: Why Bathroom Stalls Don’t Touch the Floor

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It’s one of those conventional things people don’t think twice about: the little space under commercial bathroom stalls. Even business owners probably have no clue about this too.

But that gap between the partitions and the floors are a design element that has a particular purpose. And if you’re a business owner, you should know by now that more than being aesthetically pleasing, your bathroom space should be highly functional. Here are the reasons washroom stalls aren’t fully enclosed:

They’re easier to clean

A commercial bathroom needs constant upkeep to make sure that everything’s clean and sanitary for customer use. The space between the floor and partitions make cleaning easier and faster. As the power hose is used, the water runs freely in the space, washing off dirt and grime efficiently, and at the same time, avoiding pools of water.

They offer emergency access

If someone passes out or experiences an emergency, it’s easier for people to notice and call for help. The person responding to the emergency can crawl through the gap, unlock the door, and take the unconscious person to the hospital. Of course, it’s already a given that your establishment should be able to have first aid tools so that in such situations, initial care can be given to the injured.

They allow better air circulation

The movement of air in the bathroom is always a top consideration to increase comfort for users and improve air quality. It’s true that gaps under bathroom stalls can easily make the space stinky, but the nasty smell could grow a lot worse when the stalls are fully enclosed. You might want to rethink the layout of your bathroom space to accommodate better air circulation. That would be a good step towards improving overall customer experience.

So, the gap under the bathroom stalls aren’t just an aesthetic detail, but a functional element. It’s a reminder that designing a washroom should be designing with a purpose.