Ever sat on a toilet seat in a public restroom and wondered why doesn’t this door go all the way down to the floor? We see them in offices, malls, theatres and in many other public places. So why aren’t bathroom stalls fully enclosed? Here are some probable answers to this question.
1. IT MAKES CLEANING EASIER
Mopping, hosing down, and even power-cleaning the floors become much easier. With open space for water to flow it makes much faster and efficient cleaning. If the partition walls went down to the floor, it wouldn’t be that easier.
2. IT’S CHEAPER AND EASIER
Simple stall divisions can be used in any room, regardless of the flatness of the floor or the height or width of the room. A normal floor-to-ceiling door requires custom cutting and fitting, as well as more materials; so it easily can cost twice as much to build.
3. IT STOPS PEOPLE FROM INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
It discourages drug use, graffiti, sexual activity and other inappropriate behavior in public bathroom. Behaviors like this decrease when stalls are open at the bottom, as there’s a level of surveillance, and reminder that a public bathroom is still very much in a public place.
4. IF A LOCK JAMS, YOU CAN’T GET TRAPPED INSIDE
A stall door or lock can easily become jammed, trapping its occupant inside. However, with a stall gap, you can still escape by crawling underneath, if need be.
5. TOILET PAPER CAN BE PASSED BETWEEN STALLS
If you run out of toilet paper in these stalls, a friend or even a stranger can easily pass you one through the doors and can save your day.
6. ALLOWS ONE TO REALIZE THE STALL IS OCCUPIED
Anyone entering the restroom should be easily able to see if a stall is occupied. It helps keep the line moving and prevents unnecessary queuing.
7. IF THERE’S A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, IT WON’T GO UNNOTICED.
In a toilet stall, someone passing out and becoming incapacitated can be immediately noticed. During such medical emergencies, it is much easier to slip through the bottom to unlock the door or to pull the person out of the stall, saving precious time.
8. IT ALLOWS FOR BETTER AERATION.
It’s obvious why better aeration is essential for public restroom stalls. Open stalls have enough ventilation, which is required to ease the flow of air through the stalls and throughout the lavatory.