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Why Are Bathroom Stalls Not to the Floor?

Have you ever wandered into a public restroom and overheard people taking care of their business? If so, you may have wondered, “Why are there gaps under toilet stalls?”

Believe it or not, bathroom partitions don’t have gaps to embarrass anyone. They have gaps at the bottom for a surprisingly long list of reasons you’ll probably appreciate once you’re familiar with them.

Reasons Why Toilet Doors Have Gaps at the Bottom

If you want to know why bathroom stalls don’t go to the floor, you’ve come to the right place to find answers. Here are some of the reasons that justify bathroom partitions not extending all the way to the floor:

  • Easier to Clean: By having a gap at the bottom, bathroom partitions are much easier to clean, as is the whole restroom. You can hose down or even powerwash a restroom that has partitions with gaps at the bottom because the water has somewhere to run even if there’s not a drain in a given stall.
  • Emergency Access: If someone loses consciousness in a fully enclosed bathroom, it may take hours for someone to notice. If this happens in a stall with a gap at the bottom, the odds are good someone will notice much quicker, which is important in instances where every second can mean the difference between life and death. Instead of having to break down the door, a first responder can crawl through the gap at the bottom of the partition and unlock the door to render help.
  • Deterrent to Undesirable Behavior: Because people can partially see into a bathroom stall that has a gap at the bottom, this type of partition is a natural deterrent to undesirable behavior, such as someone spray painting the stall with graffiti.
  • More Affordable: Partitions that don’t extend from the floor to the ceiling don’t have to be custom made to fit a room’s exact measurements and they don’t require as many materials to construct. This makes them considerably more affordable.
  • Better Air Circulation: Better air circulation is one of the top reasons why there are gaps under toilet stalls. While restrooms with this kind of partition may still get a bit stinky from time to time, things would be even more overwhelming in a fully enclosed stall.
  • Keeps the Line Moving: Having a gap at the base of a partition allows people waiting in line to see if a stall is occupied or vacant. This visibility keeps the line moving and prevents wait times from being any longer than they have to be. When a stall isn’t fully enclosed, people often feel like they have to take care of their business even faster, which also helps keep the line moving.
  • ADA Compliance:  Space is needed to allow for easier maneuverability for patrons in a wheelchair. The gap allows toe space for wheelchair users which allows more room to move within the stalls. 9″ minimum toe space is required per ADA guidelines.
  • Escape Route: A lock can jam for a wide variety of reasons. If this happens in a stall that has a gap at the bottom, you have an escape route — you can simply crawl out.
  • Toilet Paper Can Be Shared: If you’ve ever run out of toilet paper and had to ask the person in the stall next to you for a few squares, then you’re already familiar with one of the leading reasons for bathroom partitions not extending to the floor. If you’d run out of toilet paper in an enclosed stall, you may have been caught with your pants down at least figurately!

Get an Estimate From One Point Partitions

If you need partitions for a public bathroom, we can help. We provide American-made, high-quality bathroom partitions in five different material types. Our durable partitions are available in many colors and they’re backed by one of the largest partition manufacturers in the United States.

We invite you to use our online tool to get a quote of how much our partitions will cost. The online tool allows you to adjust stall widths, stalls depths, door sizes, door swings. Once complete with the adjustments, an accurate price for all of our materials will be instantaneously created.

When you choose One Point Partitions for your bathroom partitions, you’ll be impressed with our customer service, free samples and complimentary mockup. Use our online pricing tool to get an estimate for your project today!

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