How do you feel about public restrooms? Dread? But have you ever wondered why toilet stall doors rarely reach all the way to the floor? Well, it turns out that there’s not one, but several fully valid reasons for not enclosing bathroom stalls! Some of them are obvious, while others turned out to be unexpected.
For example, fully-enclosed stalls give visitors a cozy feeling of isolation. They cut out the noise of heavy bathroom traffic, and as a result, people lose the sense of others who’re waiting for their turn. They get more relaxed and spend longer on taking care of their business. Also, leaving the gap makes bathrooms easier to clean!
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There are emergencies when every minute counts 0:29
It prevents unnecessary lines 1:00
It isn’t so easy to get rid of the smells inside 1:33
Enclosed bathroom stalls are cheaper 1:57
It discourages inappropriate behavior 2:37
You can ask your neighbor to give you toilet paper 3:31
It speeds up the traffic 4:05
It makes bathrooms easier to clean 4:31
Why do most bathroom main entry doors open inwards? 5:17
– If a person loses consciousness or has some other urgent medical condition in a fully enclosed stall, it could take hours until someone notices it.
– Space below the stall door helps visitors to see that there’s someone inside, and prevents people from barging in on another person.
– Fully enclosed stalls are more likely to provide you with an unforgettable gag-inducing experience since it isn’t so easy to get rid of the smells inside.
– A bit more obvious, and probably one of the most common reasons, is that not fully enclosed bathroom stalls are cheaper!
– Psychologically, the less protected and enclosed a person feels, the less likely they are to do something harmful and risky.
– It’s next to impossible to get out of a fully-enclosed bathroom stall on your own once the lock jams.
– Fully-enclosed stalls give visitors a cozy feeling of isolation. They cut out the noise of heavy bathroom traffic, and as a result, people lose the sense of others who’re waiting for their turn.
– A custodian can simply run their mop under the doors instead of wasting time on opening and closing each of them.
– Next to many public toilets, there are closets, drinking fountains, and other utilities. And a door that opens outward would cause a lot of inconvenience to those who need to use these amenities.
– Also, doors that open inward help to handle unpleasant smells, which aren’t rare for public bathrooms.
– A “push-to-enter” door also makes sense if you’re going to the bathroom to wash something off your hands. This way, you can use your shoulder to open the bathroom door, and you don’t have to touch the door handle.
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