Bathroom Stall

A bathroom stall is an enclosed private space with a toilet or urinal available for use by the general public. Stalls vary in additional accommodations beyond toilet paper that range from a coat hook, trash bin, and toilet seat covers dispensers. Public toilets were originally created as part of the sanitation system used throughout Ancient Rome. Today, bathroom stalls are found within public restrooms and further separated into both male and female facilities. Wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls feature wider doors, grab bars, and sufficient space to turn within the stall. In many Asian and African cultures, squat type toilets in stalls are more popular, as they are regarded as more hygienic.

How big are bathroom stalls?

Bathroom stalls that accommodate ADA requirements should be at least 60 inches wide (152 cm) and 59 inches (150 cm) deep on the inside. They should also have a 34- or 36-inch (86-91 cm) door so that a wheelchair can pass through it.

How tall are bathroom stalls?

Typically, bathroom stalls are floor mounted with an overhead bracing. These bathroom stalls have 82-inch (208 cm) pilasters, with a door and divider height of 58 inches (147 cm). The doors and dividers are mounted 12 inches (30 cm) off the floor.

Why don’t bathroom stalls go to the floor?

Bathroom stalls don’t reach the floor for both functional and safety reasons. The extra room under the stalls makes clean up more efficient. A person can also see if a toilet is occupied just by looking at the space below the bathroom stall. It also prevents people from using the space of the stall for inappropriate activities.

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