How to Design a Public Restroom

How to Design a Public Restroom

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Having a properly designed public restroom facility improves the experience of the ones who operate the facilities and enhances the experience for those who use them. A proper restroom design reduces a lot of misuses, public waiting time and it lowers the initial and recurring cost.

While designing a public restroom, a lot of things should be kept in mind, for the public’s convenience, hygiene and safety. Some are very simple and basic things, but there is no better time to consider these things.

Below are certain public restroom design ideas one must keep in mind as they are quite useful:

Doors to the Restrooms

As it is a public restroom gets used by hundreds and thousands of persons on a daily basis. Because of this, you can’t be that sure about their hygiene. Many of the users do not wash their hands after using the toilet, and those who do shouldn’t be required to touch dirty surfaces after washing. The doors of the restrooms should get designed in such a way that after one washes his hands, the exit must be possible without even touching the surface. There are doors which swing outwards; this helps the person to exit without gripping the door.

Mirror Sight Lines

The security can get increased with the use of mirrors which allows a sight-line from the entrance to the back of the restroom. Mirrors placed without much thought may provide a view from the outside to those areas where the privacy was intended, for example, the urinals in the men’s room.

Lavatories Separated from Toilets

It is recommended that a unisex toilet compartment gets designed with just enough room space for toilet usage so that it gets used for the intended purpose only.

Toilet Partitions in Public Restrooms

Ever since the public restrooms were gender divided, privacy has been a concern. And thus, the introduction of toilet partitions began at public restrooms. There are a lot of varieties in a partition in types of metal, powder coated and plastic. The idea of a single occupancy partition restroom helps to make public restrooms more secure and discrete.

When choosing toilet partitions; consider how you will access them for cleaning. Some are floor mount and others are overhead braced. Mounting the partitions from the ceiling allows for easier mopping and cleaning. See WR Hardware for ideas to layout your public restroom.

Ceilings

Ceilings which have ventilation, or the open ceilings provide a conduit for sound. A little amount of sound dampening is necessary to assure privacy, but the knowledge that a cry for help can get heard reduces the apprehension of both the occupant and the person waiting outside for the occupant.

Automated and Touch-Less Devices

These automated devices help a lot by avoiding the spread of diseasesand also reduces the cost by controlling the product usage. However, these devices are prone to failures at certain times. Preferred accessories are those which can also get operated manually. Some of the automated devices are:

  • Door Openers
  • Hand Dryers
  • Faucets
  • Liquid Soap Dispensers
  • Toilet Paper Dispensers
  • Toilet Flusher
  • Paper Towel Dispensers

It is important that the sensor gets installed in the closet so that it doesn’t prematurely initiate the flush cycles. Wall sensors may be less likely to activate as they detect movement away from the fixture falsely.