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How to Measure for Commercial Toilet Installation

Understanding the principles and building code regulations when choosing a toilet is crucial for a successful installation. Once you decide on a toilet design and have your facts, you’re set to go. Hiring local contractors will also keep you abreast of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.

Residential, business, or office toilets follow the same installation basics with subtle differences. Here is how to measure the space allotment for the toilet, seat, tank, and stall partitions. 

Here we also highlight essential details that might impact toilet buying decisions. Working with an expert contracting advisor is a great way to get it done right.

Getting Started

As with any task, beginning with the right tools and ideas is essential in getting the job done right and saving time.

Have Access To:

  • A quality measuring tape, a notepad, and a pen
  • Measuring the components of a toilet
  • Understanding the trade term ‘rough-in’ dimensions

Toilet Components Simplified:

  • Tank or cistern
  • Seat
  • Bowl
  • Base (attached to drain, floor flange)
  • Inlet hose, fill valve
  • Flush valve
  • Wax ring seal

How to Measure for Standard Toilet Rough-ins

Installing a toilet requires a basic knowledge of the rough-in dimensions. Without this correct measurement, many things can go wrong. A toilet rough-in spec is the distance from the bolts that attach the toilet to the floor (flange) and the wall (not the baseboard). 

Take this measurement from the center of the bolt (on a toilet) to the drywall. Measure the bolts at the back for toilets (usually two for the flange and two for the floor). Before getting started, measure to make sure your space accommodates 12” (most common) 14” or 10” rough-in dimensions.

Make sure you have 15” one each side of the toilet between a wall and or a vanity.

Before removing an outdated toilet, ensure your new choice fits the space. Getting the rough-in measurements before moving the old toilet is a great way to get the correct dimensions.

Corner toilets

Although corner toilets are less common, they serve a space-saving purpose in small closet-like spaces. Opting for a corner toilet may save a few additional inches allowing room to incorporate a shower, vanity, or laundry facility.

Corner toilets typically feature a triangular-shaped toilet tank and fit diagonally into the corner. This triangular tank saves space and uses vital corner voids in confined rooms. Adding a two-piece bath to a home typically increases resale value.

Corner toilets are readily available from your local building supply store or online.

How to Measure for Corner Rough-ins:

Start the measuring point on the rear center corner for corner rough-ins until it meets the bolt position. Read the measurement from the wall to bolt and not the baseboard, plumbing, or other wall obstructions (or adjust for the molding and obstruction width in your calculations). 

An accurate measurement reading is from the wall to the flange outlet (drain hole) and reads between 10” to 14” for a proper fit.

Tip: Always measure twice. Always test door swing and body maneuverability for tight spaces to maximize space and accessibility.

Essential Measurement Principles

Toilet installations take a few precise measurements. Always consult OSHA guidelines to meet specifications to accommodate employee and accessibility (wheelchair) standards for commercial toilets.

Required Measurements:

  • The measurement from wall to floor mount (bolts)
  • Toilet bowl width at the widest
  • Seat height from floor 

Partition Considerations:

  • Distance from the wall (cubicle space: length, width, height)
  • Stall door width, height, (swing allowance)
  • Cubicle wall and post specs

Knowing how to measure a residential or commercial bathroom with or without the advice of a contractor is very helpful in the design stage of a building or renovation project. Residential and commercial toilets should meet specific standards.

Choosing the Right Toilet for the Space and Purpose

Standing in your favorite home building supply store or cruising online toilet websites is not exciting. The consumer toilet market is convoluted with many choices. Toilets are no longer utilitarian components. They’re water-efficient and stylish appliances in our homes and commercial buildings.

Toilets by Type: One or Two-piece Models

Most toilets consist of two pieces: the tank and floor-mounted toilet bowl. Two-piece sets are typically more affordable and installed in most residences.

One-piece toilets are often luxury models with a stylish appeal and added features. One-piece toilets are easy to clean and offer consumers a unique design element. Commercial one-piece toilets often have invisible tanks mounted inside the wall.

For anyone considering wall-hung toilets, ensure you have the parameters for plumbing and wall support. Wall-hung toilets have unique requirements and are not suitable for all spaces.

Flushometer-valve toilets are commercial-type toilets used in public restrooms like theaters, stadiums, office buildings or other high-volume traffic facilities. These toilets are often sensor self-flush models with a bowl and flushometer valve.

Tip: A key consideration when shopping for toilets includes what components come in the box. Not all toilet sets come complete with all the parts. Make sure you have: a toilet seat, wax ring (attaches to flange), bolts, decorative caps, and tank flushing components.

Toilet Bowls by Design 

round-toilet-bowl

Toilet bowls follow simple round or oval (elongated) design principles. Round bowls are inexpensive, ideal for space-restricted rooms, and measure two inches less than their oval counterparts.

When measuring your rough-in dimension, keep this design principle in mind. Two inches may not sound like much space, but it can make the difference between being able to open a door and having proper access to other amenities in the defined room.

Standard of Comfort Heights

Standard toilets measure between 14” to 15” in height from floor level, not including space allowances for toilet seats (ergonomic or disability height) may vary height requirements. Children and individuals of small stature benefit from standard height toilets

Comfort height toilets meet ADA (Americans with Disability Act 1990) qualifications and are taller to make accessing a bathroom easier for individuals that require assistance. Elderly, taller, and otherwise incapacitated individuals also prefer taller toilet heights. Comfort height toilets measure between 17” to 19” from the floor (not including seats). 

Oval or Elongated Toilet Bowls Traditional Round Toilet Bowls

The shape of your toilet isn’t just about the design appeal. Round toilet bowls were the first type to enter the conventional home and were a vast improvement over the traditional outhouse toilet or antique potty commode. Space allowance and design preference are significant factors in deciding one shape over the other.

Oval or elongated bowls are sleek and modern in appearance. Most users also prefer the oval shape for comfort. 

Additional benefits of oval bowls are that they are more user-friendly for men, children, and people with disabilities. 

The longer profile of oval-shaped toilet bowls makes them unusable in smaller confined spaces and may impede doorways and safety standards. Always double-check your measurements to ensure your area can accommodate a larger toilet bowl.

A round toilet bowl works as well as an elongated bowl. It’s all about aesthetics and the available space. Some models of traditional round toilets might also be cheaper but may not be as durable as better quality, higher standard toilets in the long run.

The real bonus of round bowl toilets is that they have a smaller floor profile, making them suitable for tight closet-like bathrooms.

Additional Features in Toilet Bowl Designs

Sanitary bars are a feature in a two-piece model that prevents liquid from pooling under the tank.

A trapway or toilet trap is the molded ceramic channel on the toilet's base that connects the toilet drainpipe to the flushing port inside the toilet bowl. This snaked feature reduces overflow and potential clogging.

Toilet Seat Measurements

Toilet seats are not one size fits all. Toilet seat measurements and shapes should fit your particular toilet bowl shape.

Round seats are standard and fit smaller toilets. If you choose the incorrect dimension and shape, you won’t be able to mount it correctly. It will cause tipping when sitting.

Elongated oval seats are comfortable and oblong. They will not fit a round toilet.

Open front seats are typical in public washrooms and come in a molded shape resembling a U. The opening prevents genitals and urine from contact for sanitary reasons.

Children’s toilet training seats prevent the seat from sliding and the child from falling into the bowl. They are a valuable tool in toilet training and can accommodate adults.

Raised or medically necessary toilet seats are ideal additions to standard toilet types for individuals in mobility-challenged circumstances. These seats are readily available at health and wellness supply stores. They often require additional bars to make rising from the toilet easier.

To measure the correct fit, measure the bolts that attach the seat to the toilet. The distance between the two bolts determines what type of seat will fit—a standard fit measures 5.5” between holes.

The subsequent measurement is the bowl width from the broadest part of the rim. Additionally, measure the dimension of the bowl length. This measurement starts at the center of the bowl front, to the back center (seat hinges). As a rule, standard round seats measure 16.5,” and oval bowls measure 18.5”.

Toilet Tanks and Flushing Mechanisms

Not all toilets are created equal. Modern toilet flushing mechanics take water consumption seriously. Toilets are now equipped with flushing control options to conserve water. Standard toilet tanks meet industry tank capacity requirements. 

Regardless of design and function, the flush lever activates the flush valve. These design principles can influence the type of toilet best suited for particular installments.

The flush valve is inside the water tank and opens when the flush lever activates it and releases a specific amount of water into the blow to clear waste. Some toilet tank flush valves have a higher mounted setting and require more water per flush per their design.

Flush levers activate the flush by raising the internal flap or the old-fashioned ball cock handle mechanism. These handles are mounted on the toilet tank side or the lid and made of chrome or chrome-like coated features.

Types of Flush Mechanics:

A dedicated home renovation or building contractor can easily recommend a flush mechanism for you. They will understand the key benefits of each type. However, information is power in making significant improvements or changes.

Gravity flush toilets are typical flush-mechanized toilets found in residential and commercial applications. Instead of air pressure, gravity toilets rely on the water weight in the tank to flush. The weighted pressure moves waste through the trapway channels. Gravity flush is a simple, maintenance-free system that operates quietly.

Pressure flush toilets use pressurized air to force water into the bowl. They require maintenance but move waste efficiently with less water. These powerful pressurized toilets are ideal in low-water environments. They tend to create louder flushing noises.

Dual flush water conservation toilets are a water-saving toilet mechanism. Dual flush allows for complete 1.6-gallon flushing or less, for partial flushes at 1.1-gallons. In water-restricted areas, dual flush toilets are becoming increasingly popular.

Compostable waterless toilets are dry toilets that need little water or no water. Instead of removing waste into a plumbing system connected to a network of sewer lines, compostable toilets use a biological composting process. Compostable toilets are ideal for off-grid, water-access restricted areas. Compostable toilets follow a different design principle to move human waste.

Wall-Mounted vs. Floor-Mounted Toilets

Complex wall-mounted toilets are a beautiful design feature in many high-end homes. Installing a wall-mounted toilet requires initial planning in the building phase to accommodate the necessary plumbing. Extensive refurbishing and re-plumbing will impact costs if they’re an afterthought or renovation project.

However, a qualified installer or renovation expert can talk clients through the necessary modifications. 

There’s no doubt wall-mounted toilets are sleek and modern. Floating commodes (a fancy word for toilet) create a visual appeal that designers and homeowners desire. 

Wall-mounted toilets are available in standard color choices or custom varieties. While most consumers choose vitreous china in white or ivory, they’re available in shatter-proof stainless steel (think prison movies) and resin metals.

These unique and appealing toilets have four parts: wall tank, flushing actuators, bowl, and seat.

Wall-mounted toilets are also unique in that their height is adjustable upon installation according to desired specs. This feature is ideal for those with individual mobility requirements.

Pros:

  • Require less space
  • Tank is incorporated into the wall space
  • Easy to clean underneath (sweeping and mopping)
  • Adjustable height at installation
  • Look modern and uncluttered
  • Dual flush options

Although wall-hung toilets have many benefits, additional considerations may impact the decision. Choosing a model with an access panel is a wise investment.

Cons:

  • Typically more expensive
  • Installation is more labor-intensive
  • Extra construction material required
  • Requires additional wall space to house the tank
  • For retro-fit wall-mounted toilets, a faux wall might be necessary to conceal the tank and accommodate additional toilet requirements
  • Limited access to toilet tank after installation
  • Requires additional plumbing planning
  • Periodic adjustments to secure wall-mounting bolts after frequent use are essential

Floor-mounted Traditional Toilets

Most homes and commercial buildings use floor-mounted toilets. These toilets are practical, durable, user-friendly, and easy to install.

Most floor mounts are the classic tank and bowl set. Others are single units that come as one piece: tank and bowl are attached during the manufacturing process.

Floor models are bolted to the floor once the flange and sealer are in the correct position and connect to the toilet base. Attaching the toilet to the flange isn’t tricky. The proper placement of the wax seal is essential to prevent leakage, which can damage a home.

Pros:

  • Readily available at an affordable price
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Accessible components for repairs and replacements
  • Many color and design options
  • Suitable styles for any decor

Floor-mounted models are practical in residential and commercial applications as long as they meet building codes and water conservation restrictions. They don't have many drawbacks.

Cons:

  • Require additional space to accommodate tank and bowl
  • Not as sleek and modern in design 
  • It might be awkward to clean beneath the tank (not really)
  • So many choices

Water Usage Laws

Toilets fall under federal laws and must meet the preset water use standards. New toilets can’t flush more than 1.6-gallons of water (GPF). To conserve water, look for toilets with the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense® designation.Toilets under the WaterSense label meet strict flushing guidelines. 

WaterSense toilets use 20-60% less and converse 13,000 gallons of water per home annually.

Commercial toilets and urinals must meet specific federal energy management program requirements. Always consult your local building code requirements before installing commercial toilet facilities for additional guidelines.

Alternative Sanitary Fixtures

Urinals are wall-mounted and often found in commercial settings. Urinals are naturally water efficient at removing liquid human waste. Specific wall attachment and plumbing considerations must meet specifications before installation.

Bidets are commonly found in European homes and are steadily becoming more popular in the American toilet fixture market. Bidets used to be separate stand-alone fixtures but now come amalgamated into one stylish bathroom fixture with added personal cleansing benefits.

Bathroom Partitions and Cubicles

Any quality builder will have a clear grasp on bathroom partitions and the planning guidelines that conform with local building codes for public and commercial facilities.

Partition walls are the foundation of providing privacy and form cubicle stalls. Saving space is always an essential factor in designing public bathrooms.

Bathroom hardware can only work efficiently if the stall space can accommodate them. Each commercial washroom facility must meet the required guidelines devised by ADA standards. All facilities must comply or face fines, lawsuits, revamping costs, or accidents.

To spare the cost of improper facilities, read ADA guidelines before implementing designs or retrofitting public washrooms. Standards may change.

Summary of ADA and OSHA Requirements

The number of required toilets directly correlates to the number of employees. Small businesses with fewer than 15 staff must provide one private, lockable, unisex bathroom.

As the number of staff increases, the number of toilets must also rise and accommodate all genders.

  • Two toilets for 15 to 35 staff
  • Three toilets for 36 to 55 staff
  • Four toilets for 56 to 80 staff
  • Five toilets for 81 to 110 staff
  • Six toilets for 111 to 150 staff
  • An additional toilet for every 40 additional staff if that number exceeds 150.

Every inch of space becomes an important consideration for more extensive facilities that must provide more bathroom stalls.

Cubicle stall partitions must provide a lockable door, separate the toilets, and include access to privacy.

Each bathroom must also provide hand washing stations, including sinks with running water, soap, and hand drying material.

Accessibility for disabled individuals must include enough space for wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, grab bars, and flush controls. Wheelchair accessibility means providing enough space that leaves 56 inches surrounding the mounted toilet. 

Some states do not enforce these restroom accessibility laws. Always inform yourself about building codes.

Urinals make it convenient for staff to access facilities, but they do not meet OSHA requirements for requested toilets on site. You must meet two-thirds of the prescribed bathrooms according to the requisite.

Measuring Bathroom Partition Walls

Measuring and planning bathroom wall partitions isn’t complicated. Simply measure the back wall, the pilasters, and the door.

  • Back wall measurements include wall width, length (from door to back wall) and the height of partition wall
  • Measure width and height of pilasters
  • Measure your door width and height (consider hinges)

About Pilasters:

Pilasters are the frame support of bathroom stalls. Pilasters are mounted to the flooring and include a headrail to brace the weight and movement. Both sides of a door have pilasters and support the hinge placement.

Step by Step Partition Measurements

Measuring is always an essential step in creating a public restroom. Commercial washroom facilities usually follow a recessed, corner, or alcove layout. While there is uniformity in most public washrooms and ADA guidelines, there are no standard dimensions.

Required Dimensions:

  • Wall to wall (side to side)(entire width regardless of the number of stalls)
  • Side wall to partition or divider wall panel
  • Door space
  • Back wall surface to front (door) wall
  • Stall width (divided into required bathroom number)

Alcove washrooms don’t require side wall or center line measurements. Corner layouts require a precise measurement from the center line and outside panel.

Helpful Hints When Planning your Cubicle Bathroom:

It all starts in the design phase. A good starting point is understanding how many cubicles stalls the building code or ADA guidelines require.

  • Make a rough sketch of your plans and leave room to record your measurements.
  • Start measuring the back wall in its entire length that will facilitate the cubicle stalls.
  • Measure from the back wall to where the door is.
  • Measure the partition height & length.
  • Note where the door will close and open (ensure it doesn’t hit the toilet). 
  • Measure the pilasters (posts) and note them in your measurements.
  • Include the dimensions of your doors and add them to your list of measurements.
  • Make sure all the numbers add up and match your original measure details (incorrect measurements will result in unusual gaps and improper door closures).
  • Make measurement allowances for urinal partition walls.

A qualified home or commercial contractor can quickly provide expert measurements and design a washroom facility to meet commercial and residential requirements.

Partition Wall Material Choices

Partition walls come in three main material choices and can significantly impact designs and the cost.

Powder-coated walls are an inexpensive solution.

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Secure
  • Impervious to grease, acids, mars, and stains

Laminated partition walls are versatile materials available in various colors and patterns. 

  • Engineered bonded finish
  • Dependable, durable, customizable
  • Water-resistant and impenetrable edging
  • Affordable

Solid plastic walls are more expensive for several reasons.

  • Super durable and long-lasting
  • Resistant to common corrosive cleaning chemicals
  • Prevent moisture buildup and mold
  • Graffiti resistant 
  • Ideal for public toilets and shower rooms
  • Rust and dent proof
  • Large color selection

Conclusion 

Installing toilets and partition walls isn’t rocket science, but it’s still imperative that the job is done correctly. We rely on toilets more frequently than rockets, and hiring a certified professional is the way to go to save money and hassles.

 

How Thick Are Bathroom Stall Panels?

The importance of a high-quality commercial bathroom partition is essential. When we are away from home, we look to bathroom stalls to provide us with an adequate amount of comfort and privacy. That is why choosing the right bathroom partition walls for your business is crucial and contributes to your business's well-being. 

Deciding upon the right material depends on a few factors:

  • Cost
  • Strength
  • Appearance 
  • Regulations
  • Fire classification

All these factors play a role in successfully choosing which partition materials are the best for your business. However, each material undoubtedly provides benefits that are long-lasting and resilient. 

It's best to look at your environment and decide what you aim to achieve. Consider the look you're going for and how much traffic happens in the background. Also, think about the environment's safety and how you can prevent any potential problems.

Since commercial restrooms are susceptible to fires, this factor is especially vital to keep in mind. Once this is done, consider the other factors as well. 

In terms of appearance, carefully choosing which partition suits your business is critical. The way a bathroom stall wall looks dramatically affects how users feel in the environment. The style and color options vary depending upon the material. However, there is a style and color ideal for every type of business. 

Is your business one that is constantly in a humid environment, such as a locker room? Is it in a dry place such as a restaurant? These are factors to take into consideration during the decision-making process. 

Stall Dimensions and Thickness

Bathroom stall wall thickness is determined by the size and formation of the space it's built in. Each material is designed according to the size of the wall. The pilaster, which helps support the partitions, also varies in thickness. 

Pilasters measure between ¾ and 1 ¼ inches thick. The standard measurement for bathroom stall dimensions is 30 inches wide and 60 inches deep. The minimum depth is 48 inches, and the maximum depth is 78 inches. Hardware to connect the stall wall and the doors are as big as 8 inches or as little as 2 ½ inches. 

Another reason thickness varies in partition walls is how the walls are built. The material for the core and the shell layer of the wall are distinctive according to the wall type. Each material differs in strength and permanence. This differentiation is something to keep in mind when choosing between materials for the partition. 

What Is Inside of a Bathroom Stall Wall?

Stall walls or partitions come in a variety of types. They are each made from various materials, and each material serves a beneficial purpose. Every wall encapsulates these materials. They contribute to the firmness, texture, and durability of the partition. 

These materials also come in different styles and contribute to the general look of an environment. For instance, a stainless steel partition adds a very polished look, whereas solid plastic partitions add a modern conservative look. 

In terms of the overall structure, partitions are made from quite a few parts. The inside of each piece works with the others to help keep everything stable, secure, and functioning. Components include panels, pilaster shoes, headrails, pilasters, brackets, hinges, doors, and latches. 

Powder-Coated Steel Wall

Powder-coated steel bathroom stall walls are 1 inch in dimension. The core consists of honeycomb-patterned cardboard. Steel sheets are placed on the top of the cardboard on both sides to provide more stability. The outer steel layer is covered in a powder color which bonds through a baking process. 

Powder-coated steel is also a lightweight material, making installation easy. It's also easy to clean, recyclable, and fire-resistant. 

Solid Plastic Wall 

The inside of a solid plastic bathroom wall partition is made from HDPE or high-density polyethylene. HDPE is long-lasting with the ability to resist severe wear and tear. The material is non-porous, which means no air or liquid can move through it. Since the external surface is solid, you don't have to worry about rust, water, graffiti, or mold damaging the walls. 

A partition made from HDPE is unique as it is resistant to mildew and mold. It is also recyclable and 1 inch in thickness. In addition, keeping this material clean is simple. You can use water or most cleaners without having to worry about damaging the walls.

Laminate Wall 

The inside of laminate bathroom partitions is made of MDF or medium-density fiberboard. This material is very pliable and compression-resistant. It's ideal for bathroom partitions since it is also warp-resistant. In addition, it doesn't contract or expand once in contact with moisture or changing temperatures.  

This material is also 1 inch thick and termite resistant, allowing it to last longer. 

Phenolic Wall 

The inside of the phenolic bathroom wall has a solid black core, and the partition consists of polymerized phenolic resin. It is created through a process of pressure, polymerization, and heat. The result is a strong thermoset plastic. Because this material bonds so strongly, dirt, mold, and other particles can't get in. It's high density, extremely durable, and water-resistant. This material can withstand lots of moisture in extreme conditions. 

Phenolic partitions are ideal for high-traffic areas and are also resistant to vandalism. 

Stainless Steel Wall

Stainless steel partitions have a hollow honeycomb core and are lightweight. Although they aren't heavy, stainless steel partitions are durable. They can endure through various environments for prolonged periods. Consistent use of any bathroom with enclosures can cause normal wear and tear. For stainless steel, you need to buff out any stains or scratches. 

These partitions are able to withstand substantial impacts and force. They also provide a clean look and a lot of safety. This particular material is one of the most fire-resistant. It's 1 inch thick and rust-resistant. Maintenance is minimal, and water and soap are all it takes to keep them clean and presentable.

Choosing a supplier who isn't reputable and experienced could end up being costly. Ordering the wrong parts could not only result in overspending on partitions, but could also result in delaying your project. Whoever you buy from (we hope it's us!), make sure an experienced pro creates your order so that you have everything you need to complete the project. 

 

Perhaps you’re a restaurant owner who is looking to redesign the bathroom with updated sinks, toilets, and divider walls. 

Or, you’re an entrepreneur interested in the culinary arts, wanting to invest in a small cafe and researching the necessary elements needed to make renovations. 

Regardless of your circumstances, knowing what material suits your needs will help you financially by making a smart investment that will last a long time and contribute to the respectability of your business. Upgraded dividers will give your restaurant a certain look that will impress customers with a sleek, new design.

There are five common types of divider walls, all with unique advantages and disadvantages. Each is designed for certain things, and depending on your restaurant, you might need strength in one aspect compared to another. Ask yourself these questions: will I have a lot of guests coming and going? Is my restaurant more fancy or casual? What’s the best color scheme? 

That said, let’s dive into the different types of restroom divider walls for restaurants. 

Powder-Coated Steel

This first option is the most commonly used and is derived from a panel of honeycomb cardboard, making it lightweight and durable. Each side is covered with thick sheets of metal, then coated in a colored powder which is baked into the applied metal.

They’re easy to install and are better for low-traffic environments. They are also largely fire resistant. Powder-coated dividers are the most seen in restaurants since it’s affordable for the size and quantity you order. 

However, there can be limited color options depending on what company you employ, and it doesn’t hold up well in excessive amounts of water. Regardless, this option is rust- and corrosion-resistant, making it a strong contender.

Pros:

  • Economical and environmentally friendly
  • High-quality

Cons:

  • Fewer selections of colors and patterns

Plastic Laminate

The second pick comes from particle boards that are covered in laminate and a thin steel sheet. It’s an improvement from the former and is equally popular, available in multiple colors and patterns. It’s one of the more customizable options on this list and remains inexpensive. 

You’ll be able to place the plastic laminate in pretty much every space, but it retains the inhibitor of not doing well in a lot of water or humid spaces.

Pros:

  • Customizable; available in wood grain, marble, granite, and solid color patterns
  • Sturdier than powder-coated

Cons:

  • Humidity and water can damage these dividers

Solid Plastic

Compared to the previous option, solid plastic can handle a lot of damage in various environments and is resistant to mold and moisture. 

These dividers are composed of solid panels of thick polymer plastic, making them durable and resistant to scratches or graffiti. These panels are easy to clean, avoiding noticeable odor, in addition to their strength that will make them last years to come. 

Nonetheless, solid plastic has a high cost and is a considerable investment.

Pros:

  • Will last a long time
  • Use in any conditions, hot or cold, wet or dry

Cons:

  • Expensive

Phenolic Core

This variation of restroom divider walls has layers of paper pressed together and soaked in a phenolic resin coating. In other words, a synthetic polymer, making this option resilient and can hold up well throughout its long lifespan. Not only is the phenolic core restroom divider resistant to impact, but it’s also not a hassle to clean and does well in water.

Furthermore, this option prevents bacteria growth and is ideal for places that are consistently having people come in and out. Despite all the positives, one negative would be the price range. Phenolic core dividers can be expensive.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting
  • Tough and easy to clean

Cons:

  • Can be pricey

Stainless Steel

Finally, stainless steel is high-quality and classy. This look gives your restroom a smooth and sophisticated ambiance. You can also have it engraved with patterns for an aesthetic approach to your restroom. It’s durable, rust and scratch-resistant, and can suit any environment. 

Nonetheless, stainless steel can cost about twice as much as powder-coated dividers. If you favor looks and durability, stainless steel will last you many years into the future, despite its hefty investment.  

Pros:

  • Rigid, waterproof, and sanitary 
  • Luxurious with various options

Cons:

  • Other than the price, none

What Material Is Best?

While there is no definitive answer to which material is best, seeing that it depends on the scale of your restaurant, hopefully, this article helped answer your questions and elaborate on the choices you can opt for. 

Whether you need durable HDPE for bars or high-traffic restaurants, or stainless steel for high-end restaurants due to its long-lasting nature and quality appearance, there’s something out there that can match your vision perfectly. Your price range also factors in with what you’re able to afford when investing in renovating your restroom. 

Each option has good and bad qualities. It’s up to your preference, your industry, and what will work best in your restaurant. Overall, stainless steel is a solid choice for anyone redesigning, but the price range is high, and not everyone could invest that amount solely for restroom dividers. 

Another piece of advice is to consider the thickness of each option. Bathroom stall dividers vary between ½-inch and 1-inch, depending on the material. This matters because customers like to feel safe and private, reflecting the image of your business overall. 

The biggest recommendation to take away is to find dividers that can hold up for several years down the road, so you won’t have to spend additional money replacing them. Being easy to clean and resistant to damage is a plus too. Be sure to ask about warranties because knowing that you’re protected if anything does happen within a specific year timeframe is important.  

Final Thoughts

With the insight you gained from reading this article, you now have a better understanding of what differentiates each divider wall. Hopefully, the upcoming project of renovating should feel less intimidating. Keep in mind that practicality is a huge part of divider walls, and you want your customers to have a good experience at your restaurant all around.

For church restroom stalls, we recommend either high-pressure laminate or visually similar but higher-end, more durable option, phenolic.

The Importance of Restrooms

Public restrooms are often taken for granted, but they are a necessity in public spaces. It is important to prioritize comfort, cleanliness, and quality when designing your restroom stalls.

Churches and other places of worship are no exception. When people come to a church, they want to be able to focus on practicing their faith in a safe and clean environment. Church restroom stalls should be functional and provide high-quality.

Fast Partitions

Fast Partitions excels in the manufacture and distribution of bathroom stalls and accessories. We provide first-rate quality and service at an affordable price.

Fast Partitions has three warehouses strategically placed throughout the U.S. in Arizona, Ohio, and Georgia. Many of our partitions can be shipped in 48 hours or less, or even faster through our premium express shipping options.

Our customer service experts are available via a toll-free phone number to advise and inform you at any step in the planning and installation of your church restroom stalls.

At Fast Partitions, we promise a high-caliber product and excellent service at the some of the most competitive prices on the market.

High-Pressure Laminate

Your first option for the material used to build your church restroom stalls is high-pressure laminate. High-pressure laminate is made by fusing several layers of kraft paper, which are saturated with a plastic resin, under high heat and pressure.

High-pressure laminate is durable and its surfaces are resistant to impacts and most chemical cleaning products. Church restroom stalls made of high-pressure laminate can last for many years even with daily wear and tear from a high volume of patrons. 

Fast Partitions offers high-pressure laminate in many different colors to match whatever aesthetic appearance you want your church restroom stalls to have. High-pressure laminate’s value is the lowest price point for the material for your church restroom stalls.

Phenolic Laminate

Phenolic laminate is similar to high-pressure laminate, but it is an even more durable, higher-quality material. Phenolic is made with multiple layers of paper for the base. The layers of material are coated in phenolic resins and solidified into a single polymerized piece using high heat and pressure.

Our phenolic toilet partitions will never rust, can withstand extreme temperature changes, and are more than ideal for high-traffic environments. 

Phenolic laminate is even more resistant to rough treatment, impacts, scratching, and high and low temperatures than high-pressure laminate. Fast Partitions offers phenolic laminate in 14 different colors for your church restroom stalls:

  • 211 Black
  • 212 Blueberry
  • 213 Bone
  • 215 Burgundy
  • 217 Canyon Granite
  • 218 Fossil
  • 219 Frost Granite
  • 222 Hunter
  • 223 Linen
  • 225 Mocha
  • 227 Paisley
  • 231 Slate
  • 238 Almond
  • 239 Gray

A higher-end material means a higher price point, but Fast Partitions still offers the most affordable phenolic laminate church restroom stalls on the market, as well as exceptional and modestly-priced accessories and services.

Phenolic laminate partitions from Fast Partitions come with all of the necessary accessories for installation, including headrails, heavy-duty aluminum hardware, fasteners, and stainless steel anchor shoes.

Getting your materials from Fast Partitions ensures long-lasting durability for your church restroom stalls, but just in case, we offer a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty. We will take full responsibility for getting your church restroom stalls back up to standards.

Stainless Steel

If you are looking for something of even higher quality, Fast Partitions also offers top-of-the-line stainless steel toilet partitions for your church restroom stalls. 

Stainless steel withstands all types of chemical cleaners and is highly durable whether your church restroom stalls will see a high or low volume of foot traffic. Stainless steel church restroom stalls are also smoke and flame retardant.

The stainless steel for your church restroom stalls can be brushed smooth, embossed for a stylish, textured appearance, or a combination of both. The sleek, modern look of stainless steel elevates any public restroom, and your church restroom stalls are no exception.

How to Get Started

If you are ready to start shopping for your church restroom stalls, you are in luck! It’s easier than ever to get a quote for your project using our state-of-the-art website. Simply enter the desired number of stalls and type of material to be used and Fast Partitions will generate options for your bathroom’s layout. 

If you have the dimensions of the space for the entire restroom on hand, your quote can be further specialized to your needs. Online quotes offer customizable materials, colors, and individual stall layouts. 

Our website also provides free, easy-to-follow instructions for the installation of your church restroom stalls no matter what material you decide to use.

Why Fast Partitions?

Our carefully planned partitions can be drawn up to fit the vision you have for your church restroom stalls. You can personally choose the color, style, material, size, and layout for your church restroom stalls through our online quote service. The online quotes make it easier than ever to specify your needs and again, we will beat any quote you can find that is lower than ours!

Once you have chosen specifications for the partitions that are perfect for your church’s restroom or restrooms, you will soon receive a response to your quote. Your church restroom stalls can be shipped out to you in less than 48 hours!

Fast Partitions offers high-quality partitions and accessories for your church restroom stalls at the lowest price on the market. You deserve for your church restroom stalls to be resilient, functional, and pleasing to the eye. That’s why Fast Partitions offers the highest quality at the best value on the market!

When it comes to anyone’s privacy in the restroom, you would want the best door material out there. Schools, business office buildings, medical office buildings, courthouses, churches, etc., you would want your patrons to have a sturdy and safe door.

And just like any public place you go to, there will always be someone who vandalizes or damages the stall doors to the toilet. A school is no exception. Kids tend to draw, key, or even dent the doors in the bathroom for some reason. 

A variety of materials can be used for bathroom stalls, and we can tell you about the most used ones. Read on to see which material would be best when you’re picking bathroom stalls for schools.

Phenolic Partitions

Phenolic is a material similar to another one, HDPE, in the sense that it is resistant to moisture and physical damage.  

It comes in Formica and Wilsonart colors and patterns, which make it an ideal choice for bathrooms in health centers, office buildings, schools, and other high-traffic buildings.

A bathroom with attractive stalls can make a student or teacher feel more comfortable in using the bathroom. Decorating the doors with your school’s colors can make a student and teacher feel more connected to their alma mater.

Warranty for this material can be lengthy, depending on the manufacturer, of course.

Due to its melamine sheathing material, phenolic partitions, to some degree, can resist chemical cleaning products. When cleaning the partitions, it is best to use a gentle cleanser or a solvent cleaner. Using chemical products to clean can damage the material in the long run, causing discoloration.

One disadvantage to phenolic is that it is made from laminated layers of paper or strand board, which leaves it susceptible to both physical and moisture damage. 

This material is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Powder Coated Steel Partitions

Have a project coming up with a tight budget? Lightweight, easy to install, customizable, and durable, powder-coated steel partitions are your choice, also known as the industry standard.

Advantages to this material are the following:

  • reduction of sound 
  • good structural support
  • fire-resistant shield
  • bacteria and moisture resistance

One disadvantage is that the powder coating can be scratched off, exposing the inner material and, ultimately, making it a perfect place for rust to form.

Powder-coated steel should be cleaned occasionally. To clean powder-coated steel, simply use a gentle soap with warm water. Harsh chemicals will damage the finish of the partition.

Powder-coated steel partitions are well suited for office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores.

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Stainless Steel Partitions

Often sought out for their high-end appearance, Stainless Steel Partitions are a sight to see. To compliment that high-end look, stainless steel partitions also have a lightweight honeycomb core that keeps the panels lightweight and easy to install while also having excellent durability and resistance to vandalism. 

Stainless steel partitions are also recyclable, so when you’re ready for a new set of bathroom stalls for your school, you can recycle the old ones, which can teach kids the importance of recycling. Also, steel tends to last longer than the other materials in the bathroom (unless they are also made of steel) so expect the other materials to be outlived by steel. 

In an environment full of children or teenagers, having stainless steel doors can offer some type of security when it comes to possible damage. Stainless steel can also make the bathroom a few degrees cooler, making it the least likely place for bacteria to grow.

Available in different textured finishes, stainless steel partitions are a go-to option for office buildings, restaurants, airports, high traffic locations, and anywhere a luxurious look is needed for complimentary design. Choosing a textured panel for your steel partitions gives it even more resistance to damage and can conceal any scuffs.

Stainless steel can resist certain chemical cleaning agents. The following are not recommended:

  • Chloride cleaners
  • Abrasive cleaners
  • All-Purpose cleaners
  • Chloride bleach

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

HDPE Partitions

HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is one of the most sought materials for restroom partitions. Often a choice for public bathrooms, HDPE does not have an inner core, and its solid construction makes for an impact-resistant material that deflects minor damage such as scratches and dents.

According to romtec.com, “one of the biggest advantages of this material is the lack of required maintenance. Once HDPE partitions are installed, they generally require little upkeep besides regular cleaning.”

HDPE is resistant to microbial growth, an ideal feature for showers, community pools, and other places where water is abundant. A sink or a toilet can clog up, and in a matter of seconds, the bathroom can be flooded, so material on a door being able to resist bacteria and such is an excellent idea. 

Microbial growth can cause several illnesses among children and adults, so among all the materials shown above, HDPE would be the most ideal choice for a bathroom partition. 

Along with all these advantages, HDPE has very few disadvantages so it’s ideal for any place with a bathroom. Due to its resistant nature, HDPE is not needed in all locations. Private bathrooms, for example, have very small chances for vandalism, so this material is typically not needed there.

HDPE plastic has a high-impact resistance and melting point, so it is one heck of a flexible material to use for bathroom stalls in schools or anywhere. 

With a great value, this material also comes with a 25-year manufacturer warranty in case of any irreversible damage, and anything other than that is easy to repair: another bonus!

This material is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

There are many types of bathroom stalls for home and commercial bathroom types. Here’s everything you need to know about bathroom stall types. 

Home Bathroom Partitions

While not really stalls, residential bathroom partitions can add ambiance, break up an ample space, and even enhance privacy without chopping up the room. Homeowners have many choices of bathroom partitions depending on what they hope to accomplish.

Shower Stalls

Shower stalls can be:

  • Acrylic plastic 
  • Glass
  • Solid phenolic material

Acrylic Plastic shower stalls feel warm and are generally cost-effective but can develop mold problems over long periods of heavy use and are generally less attractive than other options. They aren't recommended for commercial applications.

These stalls require proper support to prevent bowing and cracking at the base (also known as a shower pan). Glass shower stalls are easy to clean and durable but are generally a more expensive option. 

Phenolic material is a heavy-duty laminate made from layers of a special type of paper substrate encased in a durable resin used for commercial facilities. It is waterproof, scratch-proof, and mold-proof, making it ideal for use in high-traffic, wet and humid areas such as showers and bathrooms.

Toilet Divider Walls

Concealing a toilet from the rest of a bathroom is a common consideration. Sometimes bathrooms have a nook or even smaller room built into a bathroom to separate the toilet from the rest of the room. However, with a bit of creativity, this feature can be added to just about any bathroom regardless of the layout. 

DIY Room Partitions

Creative-minded homeowners might consider a DIY room divider that matches your style and decor. Some fun and unique options include:

  • Hang an oversized artist’s canvas from the ceiling. Paint it or cover it with fabric.
  • Use sliding wardrobe doors by installing a track and panels into your bathroom.
  • Wood pallets make cheap room dividers. Sand and finish a set, then connect them with hinges to create a paneled wall. You can paint it and hang pictures on it.
  • Go retro with beaded or macrame curtains hanging from the ceiling. It’s a lightweight and decorative way to break up a space and add aesthetic appeal.

If you have the skill and time to create your own room partition, the only limit is your imagination. Every home has an option, from reclaimed shutters to scrap wood barn doors.

Commercial Bathroom Partitions

Commercial bathrooms don’t require the same personality as a residential space, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require thought and planning. Choosing bathroom partitions usually requires durability and budget concerns, to say nothing for additional installation costs.

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Hygiene is another consideration for commercial bathrooms that serve more people than a typical residential bathroom. Look for materials with antimicrobial properties and those that resist bacteria and excessive moisture. For example, copper fixtures and coating are expensive but hold up well against bacteria.

Typically, commercial spaces have more stalls requiring more skilled hands for the installation. It’s not the same as a homeowner putting together and installing a DIY partition because more people will use the commercial bathroom. Plus, liability issues are involved, so you must perform the installations properly. 

Commercial Shower Stalls

Choosing the right commercial shower stalls takes some research and effort. Consider how many occupants will use the showers, how much wear and tear they get from people and water, and the overall budget for the space. 

Further, many commercial sites require ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible shower stalls. 

That said, commercial shower stalls are often a better choice than shower curtains because they last longer and are easier to clean. Choosing a non-porous material for the stall reduces the amount of debris that builds up, especially in a well-ventilated room.

Phenolic Shower Stalls

Phenolic material is often used in commercial applications due to its waterproof, scratch-proof, and mold-proof properties. These factors make it ideal for use in high-traffic, wet and humid areas such as showers and bathrooms. 

Plastic Shower Stalls

Solid plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is another possibility for commercial shower stalls. It’s durable enough to hold up to heavy use, but it also resists bacteria and moisture. 

ADA Shower Stalls

ADA compliance with commercial shower installs is also a consideration in shower design. They must be at least 30 inches by 60 inches, though there are additional requirements for transfer-type shower arrangements. 

Additional requirements include grab bars and roll-in capability for wheelchair access. It’s essential that the chosen shower stall can support necessary fixtures and offer enough clearance when opening and closing doors.

Commercial Toilet Partition Stalls

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Toilet partition stalls are another consideration for commercial bathrooms. While it’s easy to think you would just choose a smaller stall, that’s not always the answer. 

Consider how many showers happen compared to how many times people use the toilet. You might need something a little more durable, especially in terms of fixtures.

Standard Bathroom Stalls

Installing a full toilet stall is a bit more complicated than a simple urinal screen. You must carefully measure dimensions to make the best use of limited space in bathrooms.

Three different materials are available for full toilet stalls. They are the same materials that are for the commercial bathroom partitions: powdered metal, solid plastic, or stainless steel. The difference is that more colors are available for the full toilet stalls than for the commercial bathroom partitions. 

ADA Bathroom Stalls

Designers must factor in extra space for the toilet stall design to be ADA compliant. The stalls must be at least 56 inches deep with a doorway opening of at least 32 inches. Additionally, ADA compliance requires a minimum clearance between the door side of the stall and any potential obstructions.

Summary

Selecting bathroom partitions for a space depends heavily on the room’s purpose. Residential bathrooms typically reflect the homeowner’s style, while commercial restrooms for airports, schools and the like align with the organization’s values. 

In both settings, it’s essential to make a good impression on visitors when they have to use the facilities. Fast Partitions can help companies create a clear statement in their bathrooms.

A Guide to Shower Stall Partitions

Shower stall partitions are a mainstay in public facilities, ranging from dorms to locker rooms. They’re not merely dividers but essential pieces for adding privacy. The partitions influence the users’ perception of the facility as a whole. 

To give your public lavatory the ambiance and cleanliness it deserves, incorporate shower stall partitions or have your existing ones replaced if they’re outdated. Worn partitions can give the space the illusion of being unkempt and unclean.

The Benefits of Shower Stall Partitions

  • Adds privacy: Partitions add privacy to the showers much the same way they add privacy to bathrooms.
  • Adds aesthetics: Partitions also double as decor and complement the surroundings. Partitions come in an assortment of designs.
  • Easy to clean: Unlike the typical glass shower panel in residential showers, public shower partitions do not easily accumulate mildew or scum. They are far easier to wipe clean using essential cleaning tools and solutions.
  • Easy to install: A handyman can install the partitions the same day they’re delivered. They’re ready for use immediately after with no maintenance beyond the routine cleaning.
  • Maintains personal space: The partition sets a clear boundary, so the adjacent showerer doesn’t get too close and invade your space.

Types of Shower Stall Partitions

Choose from a variety of designs that meet the needs of your facility. The most popular partitions include the following:

Phenolic (aka Compact Grade Laminate)

Laminated surfaces are a popular choice for all types of bathroom partitions because they offer a wide variety of color options and have durable surfaces. But the problem with traditional fiberboard-core laminate is if the core absorbs moisture it causes the all-to-common "bubbling" that we've all seen in low-cost cabinetry. That's where phenolic comes in.

While nearly identical in appearance to high pressure laminate, the phenolic core is impervious to moisture. The results in no expansion and therefore no bubbling or delamination of the surface. In addition to moisture resistance, phenolic also offers extreme resistance to scratches and impact. All these features combined make phenolic a popular and ideal choice for shower stalls.

Go with Phenolic if:

  • You are looking for wood-grain or other special types of veneers from manufacturers like WilsonArt or Formica
  • You need extended height panels

Solid Plastic

Plastic has a reputation for being low-quality. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth with regards to HDPE plastic. High-quality plastic is resistant to dents and scratches. 

Furthermore, it consistently retains its original appearance after years of daily use. Lower-grade plastic may warp when exposed to temperature changes, which may frequently occur when users swap between cold and hot showers. Solid plastic dividers provide high resistance against elemental fluctuations.

The best part about solid plastic is the value it offers vs phenolic.

Go with solid plastic if:

  • You want a great bang-for-buck option
  • You want heavy duty

Stainless Steel

Steel is actually extremely rare for shower stalls. However, certain highly specialized applications may still utilize it.

The very presence of stainless steel exudes a luxurious vibe that makes them an excellent choice for hotels and state-of-the-art sports centers. Steel is naturally resistant to fire and chemical exposure.

Steel surfaces are available in different surface textures, including a brushed flat surface and an embossed design. You can also elect for a hybrid option of brushed on one side and embossed on the other. 

Stainless steel is great for any facility frequented by VIPs or other high-profile members. This includes sports arenas used by world-class athletes or prestigious universities with a top-ranking collegiate athletics department.

Go with stainless steel if:

  • You want the partitions to match the elaborate setup of your shower room
  • You want the partitions to be part of the space’s focal point
  • You want the best of both worlds, between durability and visual charm

Glass Home Shower Stalls

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For residential homes, glass shower partitions lend a spacious appearance to bathrooms. Glass causes the space to be visually uninterrupted and increases light transmission. Just be ready to keep the panels clean! Needless to say, glass shower partitions aren't fit for commercial applications. However, you may be surprised to find that some ultra-high end facilities use opaque enameled glass partitions for bathrooms.

Additional Hardware

You can also enhance partitions with an assortment of add-on accessories and hardware. This includes:

  • Hooks for holding jewelry
  • Soap dishes
  • Dishes for holding bottled liquid soap
  • Handrails for support. These are essential for making the stalls user-friendly for seniors or those with mobile disabilities

While such accessories are generally mounted on the wall, you can install them on the partitions if you choose. The panels are customizable and can include helpful accessories for enhancing the public showering experience.

Is DIY Installation Possible?

When you order shower partitions, they will also come with all the necessary mounting hardware, including brackets, fasteners, and screws. In-house installation is possible with basic tools. However, a professional contractor can perform the installation at an affordable cost and on the same day. 

All included mounting hardware is just as durable as the partitions and resistant to moisture and rust. The mounting materials also provide enough sturdiness to keep the partition steady if someone leans on it.

Why Privacy Matters

Privacy equals comfort. Even in the home, who uses the bathroom with the door open? Showering with a stranger just inches away from you can be unsettling for many people. A partition may not provide 100% privacy, but the divider provides enough to alleviate any discomfort associated with public showering.

If guests and customers feel hesitant to utilize your facility fully, it can negatively impact their perception of your accommodations. 

Many analysts have speculated that bathroom and shower space quality impacts customer retention. Lack of partitions can also lead to recurring complaints, further lowering user/customer satisfaction. Never overlook the importance of customer comfort.

Enhance Your Public Showers

Shower stall partitions are a simple addition that bring enormous advantages. It adds such a degree of comfort and usability to your public shower spaces. Learn more by contacting Fast Partitions, and make your lavatory more user-friendly for guests and customers alike.

Bathroom Partitions: Everything You Wanted to Know (and More)

Bathroom partitions are interesting because they partition or divide areas in a bathroom. 

Ok, maybe they're not really that interesting. But they are essential if you prefer to do your business in private.

Bathroom Partition Walls

The main function of a bathroom partition is to provide privacy, except for those little gaps in the door. Those gaps are for ventilation. Ventilation is important.

What Are Toilet Stall Partitions?

Toilet stall partitions usually come with two side panels and a door to fully enclose toilets in public restrooms. Partitions come in different types with many materials to choose from.

Commercial Toilet Stalls vs Home Bathroom Partitions

Commercial toilet stalls have to meet minimum requirements such as materials, dimensions, and quantity. Most commercial partitions are made from powder-coated steel because it is durable and affordable. 

The price for commercial stalls can be as low as $275 and can go as high as $900 per stall.

Home bathroom partitions are typically used to separate the toilet from the sink and shower area. They can be in the form of a wall, half-wall, or folding divider. They can be made from all different kinds of material and do not have to meet the same requirements as commercial partitions.

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Home bathroom partitions range anywhere from $150 to $2000, not including installation.

ADA Toilet Stall Layout

The ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Any facility that offers public accommodations must comply with ADA requirements. This includes commercial toilet stalls. 

All toilet partitions, urinal screens, and other commercial restroom accessories must meet federal guidelines. Failure to do so may result in paying thousands in fines.

Read this article to find out more information on ADA guidelines about toilet stalls.

Glass Bathroom Partitions

Glass partitions in public restrooms wouldn’t be appropriate for obvious reasons, but glass is a highly valued material for interior design in home bathrooms.

Glass partitions are perfect if you are looking to close off certain areas without restricting natural light and lines of sight.

Glass Shower Partition

A shower glass partition is an alternative to a shower curtain. A shower can be sealed off from the rest of the bathroom while allowing more of a natural and sleek flow to the room.

Glass shower partitions are easier to clean, allow natural light to come in, and add a modern design. They can be either something simple and easy to install or custom made. 

Glass shower partitions come in several different styles. 

  • Framed: A thinner glass is used because it is supported by a frame, making this the most affordable option.
  • Semi-Framed: Usually the middle option in price, this partition is supported by a frame on the top and bottom, with the middle being frameless.
  • Frameless: The most expensive option as it doesn’t feature a frame but small pieces of hardware that connect panels of glass.

Toilet Glass Partition

Toilet stall glass partitions are usually seen in high-end hotels and restaurants. Glass stalls add an extra touch of elegance to an establishment.

These stalls are made with enamored tempered glass, so they are aesthetically pleasing, easy to keep clean, and highly durable.

Give us a call to get more information on bathroom glass partitions.

Half Wall Glass Shower Partition

A half-wall of glass is a great way to make a room feel bigger while adding a “spa-like” feel.

This is an excellent choice if you want to give a bathroom a makeover on a budget. A half-wall glass shower partition can give a quick uplift and is a popular option for steam showers.

Glass half walls are made with tempered glass, so they won’t shatter. Like glass shower partitions, half walls can be made with different textured and colored glasses.

Glass Bathroom Dividers

Glass bathroom dividers use glass panels and metal to create walls that mark off different areas without making a space feel cramped and small.

An open concept is a very sleek, modern, and popular home design option. An open concept can also apply to a bathroom to make it feel bigger and brighter. Glass bathroom dividers can either be installed for a whole wall or a half wall.

Bathroom Partition Materials

The most popular bathroom partition materials are plastic, laminate, powder-coated steel, phenolic, and stainless steel. The material most often used for commercial bathroom partitions is powder-coated steel because of its durability at an affordable price.

Plastic Bathroom Partitions

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Solid plastic is a great option if you want something especially durable and easy to clean. This material doesn’t have to be maintained frequently, and you can easily wash away things like graffiti.

Plastic partitions are also non-porous, so they don’t hold moisture and can withstand heavy chemicals.

Solid plastic is mid-range in price and usually starts at around $400 per stall. 

If you need something that can take a beating, withstand vandalism, and doesn’t need to be checked on frequently, solid plastic might be the right choice for you.

Laminate Bathroom Partitions

Laminate is a worthy choice if you want an endless amount of color and pattern choices to adorn your restroom. 

Laminate works best in an environment that is not prone to a lot of moisture, but it is fairly easy to clean. This material will give any bathroom a clean and polished appearance.

Choose from patterns such as paisley and granite or colors like mocha and gray. There is a laminate design for every bathroom. It also comes at an affordable price, starting at around $350 per stall.

If you are looking for partitions with a large selection of different colors and patterns, a clean look, and an affordable price, laminate bathroom partitions might be for you.

Phenolic Bathroom Partitions

Phenolic is made by alternating layers of resin and other materials like cloth or paper. It is heated and pressurized, which forms a thermoset plastic material. 

Phenolic is moisture and germ resistant, very durable, and comes in a variety of color options. It has a higher price point of around $700 because it combines the rigidity of solid plastic with the color customization of a laminate. 

Phenolic may be the right choice if you want your bathroom partition to last and look good for a long time.

Metal (Steel) Bathroom Partitions

Powder-coated steel is the most popular choice in the bathroom partition space, and for good reason. This material option is great if you are looking for something very affordable and dependable.

The powder coating helps prevent rust and deterioration, while the wax sealant prevents moisture and further corrosion. 

Steel bathroom partitions come in several different colors and offer a clean, quintessential look that works well in any business setting. 

Powder-coated steel is extremely affordable, with a starting price of around $250 per stall.

Stainless Steel Bathroom Partitions

Stainless steel is a fantastic option because it is germ resistant, easy to clean, and has a sleek and timeless look. They can also withstand high traffic and have a long life span.

While they last a long time, they are also better for the environment compared to their plastic competitors. The benefits you receive from stainless steel means it comes at a higher price point, starting at around $700.

Stainless steel bathroom partitions are a great option if you are environmentally conscious, need something easy to maintain, want something that goes with everything, and will last a lifetime. If you don’t mind paying a higher price for these benefits, stainless steel might be right for you.

Bathroom Partition Manufacturers

Finding a company that works with respectable manufacturers is important if you want to ensure that you are getting excellent and quality products. 

The top manufacturers in the industry are Hadrian, Bradley, ASI Accurate, and Global Washroom.

Hadrian Toilet Partitions

Hadrian has been in the partition business since the early 1980s, and they have truly perfected their craft. They have developed their material to withstand graffiti and have made improvements in stall privacy. 

They offer solid plastic, stainless steel, and powder-coated steel. Their product is known for its high-quality and clean corners. They use a honeycomb material that is flame resistant, and they satisfy ADA requirements.

They are most well-known for their solid plastics, which they have been selling since the 80s. Their solid plastic bathroom partitions can hold up under extreme wear and tear, such as moisture, high traffic, vandalism, mildew, cleaning agents, and rust. 

Bradley Toilet Partitions

Bradley has been improving commercial bathrooms since 1917, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. They are committed to innovation and are continuously improving on their privacy partitions.

They offer phenolic, stainless steel, tempered glass, and powder-coated steel. Bradley toilet partitions are known for their focus on privacy. They believe that privacy is one of the most important aspects of designing a public restroom.

They’ve used European influence to design their floor-to-ceiling partitions. This stall style is growing in popularity as it provides maximum privacy for the user. There are no cracks or gaps. The user is fully enclosed.

Bradley is also known for its elegant and sleek partitions, perfect for hotels and restaurants.

ASI Accurate Toilet Partitions

ASI Accurate is one of the most successful and well-known toilet partition manufacturers in the country. They have been in business since the late 1950s and have only grown and enhanced since then. They are innovators in ADA compliance and working with recycled materials.

ASI Accurate offers phenolic, laminate, solid plastic, powder-coated steel, and stainless steel. They are known for their wide selection and uncompromising quality and standards. 

No matter what material option you decide to go with, ASI Accurate is a great option. Their stainless steel is just as indestructible as their solid plastic. It depends on your aesthetic preferences and price point.

Global Washroom Partitions

Global toilet partitions have been in business for over 50 years and are leaders in the business. Global is known for its sustainability practices and is committed to helping your company meet its building objectives.

Global washroom partitions offer stainless steel, powder-coated steel, phenolic, laminate, and solid plastic. Global uses recycled material in all of its products as part of its goal to sustainable supply.

Global and Accurate were bought by ASI in the 1990s, both are under their umbrella as of today. 

Final Points

The purpose of a bathroom partition may be for privacy, but there are many different options to achieve this. There are commercial bathroom partitions and home bathroom partitions. Options like glass shower and toilet partitions are usually reserved for home bathrooms and potentially spas and resorts, as well as the half wall glass shower partitions and glass bathroom dividers.

There are several different options to choose from for partition materials: solid plastic, laminate, phenolic, powder-coated steel, and stainless steel. Each option has its benefits and works in some environments better than others. 

The most popular partition choice is powder-coated steel because it is extremely durable, low maintenance, and the most affordable option. The most expensive options are stainless steel and phenolic materials. 

Phenolic is pricey because it combines the best of multiple materials. It is durable like plastic but has many design choices like laminate.

Stainless steel is one of the most expensive because it provides a sleek, modern, and high-end look. They are also easy to clean and better for the environment.

There are plenty of high-quality manufacturers to choose from for your bathroom partition. The top manufacturers include Hadrian, Bradley, ASI Accurate, and Global Washroom. All companies have been in business for decades and have been perfecting their craft for a long time. 

Whatever your commercial bathroom partition needs are, we are committed to delivering your stalls fast with all of the hardware you will need! 

 

If trying to urinate in a crowded public restroom causes you to experience avoidant paruresis, you are not alone. Also known as pee-phobia, bashful bladder syndrome or psychogenic urinary retention, you may even feel fear and trepidation at the mere thought of entering a public restroom because you do not know what to expect. While it is true that some public building managers install toilet partitions and urinal screens, others invite men to use their partition-free urinals without any apologies. Fear of the unknown is a powerful psychological force causing you to feel timid whenever you need to urinate in a public facility. It is scary enough to use a urinal even if it has toilet partitions. A cramped, crowded and screenless wall of urinals sounds like a scene out of the next Evil Dead movie.

The Origins of Urinal Toilet Partitions

Public urinals in France, known as pissoirs, were once commonplace in Paris. Due to modern plumbing, pissoirs are no longer as common. Open-air urinals or "uritrottoirs" have replaced the ancient pissoirs with their due share of controversy.

Toilet partitions are a surprisingly recent invention. From 1760 to approximately 1830, a period commonly referred to as the Industrial Revolution, women working outside their homes required restrooms. As a direct result, contractors used partitions while constructing public bathrooms. Years later, in 1904, the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, an American, designed an edifice in Buffalo, New York, called the Larkin Building. Wright's design famously included ceiling hung toilet partitions.

Artistic endeavors sometimes lead to strange creations. Born in Blainville, Normandy, France, Marcel Duchamp was a French artist associated with Dadaism, also known as Cubism. The 1917 art exhibit sponsored by The Society of Independent Artists included Duchamp's public display of a male urinal called "Fountain." Instead of signing his artwork with his real name, Duchamp used the pseudonym R. Mutt. Even though the exhibit, which took place at The Grand Central Palace in New York City, New York, was displayed vertically instead of horizontally, the idea caught on and influenced public urinals' basic design.

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Saving time and space, men must stand up while using urinals. Consequently, public restrooms featuring urinals do not need to have multiple toilets designed for purposes other than urinating. Several men can urinate while standing, which means less waiting in line before entering the restroom. A simple, cost effective and space-saving solution for privacy was to install screens between the urinals. 

Do Not Put All the Blame on Unwitting Architects

Most architects do not design urinals for men experiencing shy bladders or pee shyness. Please do not blame them. Ensconced in their ivory towers, architects are unlikely to experience the day to day unpleasantries of the proletarian urinator. Facility managers and building owners hire architects. If these managers and owners want to cut costs and simplify aesthetics, they provide instructions to place the urinals closer together and refrain from installing urinal divider screens

A Woman Does Not Need to Worry About Urinals

“Why does society force men to use urinals when sitting would clearly be more comfortable?” -Michael Scott

You may even wish that the good Lord had created you as a woman who never needs to worry about using urinals devoid of toilet partitions and urinal screens. But women need to deal with toilet stalls featuring partial dividers refusing to extend to the floor. While toilet stalls in bathrooms are less intimidating than urinals, partial bathroom stall dividers can also cause undue anxiety. Some tireless entrepreneurs are now trying to design urinals for women, which will only fuel our need to innovate in the field of urinal partitioning. 

It is Unnatural to Pee in Front of Strangers

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The lack of a divider means that you need to stand next to a total stranger while engaged in the natural act of peeing. Even though most men instinctively rely on the “eyes forward at the urinal” section of the bro code (paragraph 5 of section XIV) there is nevertheless a seed of doubt that lingers that perhaps the guy standing next to you is an anarchist.

Uneasy Feelings May Be Bad For Your Health

Indeed, your embarrassment may prevent you from peeing. Everyone knows that holding it in is not a healthy activity. So, you may wonder if there is a way to eliminate your pee shyness. You could drink a lot of water before using a public restroom with the idea that you will need to urinate even if there are no toilet partitions or urinal screens.

If the idea of peeing under the intense pressure of a line waiting behind you makes your hands cold and clammy, the fact that exposure therapy for paruresis actually exists is likely of little comfort. But do not worry about your social phobia because unless it is so severe that it actually prevents you from drinking water or from going to events, it is not a mental illness. It is merely aggravating.

You may wonder why men are the targets of malicious building owners who hire builders to create bathrooms devoid of partitions. There can be no rational motive. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

COVID-19 Concerns About Using Public Facilities

Typical fears of contracting COVID-19 may cause you to wonder whether using a public urinal can cause you to acquire the virus. As a general rule, contracting the COVID-19 virus while using a public urinal is an uncommon occurrence. However, flushing a urinal involves emitting various aerosols into the environment because it does not have a lid. Medical advice is to always close the lid on a private or public toilet before flushing to prevent aerosols from escaping into the air. Researchers have determined that the virus lives in several types of bodily fluids.

Another issue that may cause some concern is that using urinals means standing less than 6 feet apart from another person. Of course, the use of toilet partitions theoretically could help reduce the spread. A divider creates a small barrier between yourself and the gentleman standing next to you. Nonetheless, you should always wear a mask when using a public bathroom because of other people's proximity. Mask wearing may help prevent urinal aerosols from invading your body.

Public Bathroom Sanity in an Uncertain Universe

We modestly propose that from here forward, every urinal in every building be flanked by 24" x 48" screens. In today's uncertain world, the least one can ask is to allow men to pee in peace. Installing a barrier between every urinal is a request for common decency and improved control of spreading germs.

Our List of Demands

  1. By 2022, every urinal shall have partitions to divide it from the other urinals.
  2. The partitions shall be no less that 24" x 64" in dimensions.
  3. The urinal dividers shall not have loose, rusty hardware or be in general disrepair.
  4. Partitions with graffiti etched into them shall be repaired in no less than 14 days. If the graffiti is of an especially crude and vile nature, it shall be covered in no less than 24 hours from its original appearance.

If our demands are not yet, strongly worded Yelp reviews shall follow. We will not relent.

How to Clean Bathroom Partitions

If you run or manage a business, you already know that cleaning your bathrooms on a regular basis is a fact of life. The quality of your bathrooms speak of you and your values. Run-down partitions can negatively affect employee morale and make your customers think twice about returning to your business.

But not all business owners know how to clean their bathrooms properly. This guide explains how you can clean your bathroom to not only maintain a sanitary environment but also to repair and restore stalls that are showing their age.

If you've recently ordered bathroom partitions from us, you'll want to make the most of your new purchase and keep them looking excellent for years to come. Your clean bathroom also sends a message to your customers. They might not consciously think about the look and feel of your partitions, but it’s one of the factors that encourages return again in the future. A little planning and effort go a long way to make your bathroom clean and vibrant so that you send the right message in every detail of your business.

The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

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It's easy to think that cleaning a bathroom and disinfecting are the same thing, but they are not. Understanding the difference is important when you want to provide your team and customers with healthy bathroom stalls. Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, grime and clutter from your bathroom. 

During the cleaning phase, you pick up trash from the ground and wipe everything off. Cleaning makes your bathroom visibly clean but does not complete the whole picture. Even when your bathroom looks clean and free of clutter, it could still contain harmful pathogens that spread diseases. You must do both when you want to protect yourself and everyone else from this threat, and you will be glad you did. 

Disinfecting is the process of removing or killing most of the pathogens in your bathroom stalls. The odds of having harmful bacteria or viruses go up when you have more people using your bathrooms, but the risk is always there and can’t be ignored. 

Use approved disinfectant products to kill bacteria on your toilets, toilet seats and floors. Wear rubber shoes and eye protection when using chemicals and avoid using bleach directly on stainless steel. While it might sound like a good idea, bleaching stainless steel will actually discolor the metal. 

How Often You Should Clean Your Bathroom Partitions

If you run a high traffic building, you might need to clean and disinfect your bathroom as often as every 30 to 60 minutes. But most facilities would be best served with a daily scheduled cleaning, plus a quick hourly inspection with attention as needed.

If anything catches your eye when you look over the bathroom, address it as soon as possible. 

Consider How Often You Need Supplies

 

Having clean bathroom stalls means you must have enough supplies on hand to do the job right. The number of supplies you want in your storage room depends on the size of your bathroom, the number of stalls you have and how many people use your bathroom each day. Make sure you have these basic supplies on hand:

  • Soap
  • Air Freshener 
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Trash Bags

You also need a mop and mop bucket to clean and sanitize your floors. Buy the supplies you need in bulk to save money, and keep them in a locked storage closet until you are ready to use them. Buy more than you need if you are not sure how much you should buy. Keep track of how fast you use your cleaning supplies to discover how often you need to restock. 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Bathroom Partitions

Stainless steel bathroom stalls are one of the most common types, and they are easy to clean when you follow the right steps.

Wash off light dirt and debris with soap and water before moving to the other steps in the cleaning process, then use a soft towel or cloth to dry the stall after you finish cleaning it. You can then use a mild detergent to clean stains and other hard-to-remove spots on your stall walls and doors. 

Always wash stainless steel stalls with water to remove all chemicals and cleaning supplies when you finish. Depending on the type of cleaning you would like to do, you need separate chemicals for the job. For example, you use acetone or kerosene for tough stains that don’t want to come off your stalls, but you can’t risk mixing them with other cleaning supplies. Rinsing your stalls off after each cleaning session keeps you safe and your stalls vibrant and fresh.

How to Remove Scratches and Graffiti From HDPE Partitions

For high traffic buildings, high-density polyethylene is a popular and apt choice. These stalls can collect scratches and graffiti over time, and you might be worried that you won't find a good way to remove them. You can handle both of these problems without stress when you know what to do. 

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For light scratches, you can often cover them up with baking soda or toothpaste, but deep scratches require a more in-depth touch. Begin by cleaning the scratched surface with water and a few drops of soap. After you dry the cleaned surface, buff it with baking soda or toothpaste before getting your sandpaper ready. 

Place the sandpaper in a dish of water for about five minutes or until water saturates the sandpaper. Next, gently wipe the scratched area with the sandpaper with circular motions until you get the desired result. Polish the sanded area when you finish to bring your stalls back to their original condition. 

The Blowdryer Trick

One of the benefits of HDPE plastic is that its through-coloring makes scratches and graffiti less visible. But if a bathroom vandal is determined to make their mark, they can still carve into it with something sharp. If sanding doesn't cut it, there is a trick that can smooth out even severe scratches like these.

All you need is a heat gun (or blowdryer if you don't have one around) and a spoon. Soften the plastic by applying heat. Then start smoothing down the rough edges of the scratch to even out the plastic. With a little patience practically no evidence will remain of scratches and your partitions will once again be family friendly!

Clean and Bring the Shine Back to Powder-Coated Metal

1. Before you polish your powder-coated metal, clean it to remove dirt that could impact your results. Add 1 cup of cleaning detergent to a bucket of water and clean the area you are going to polish with a rag or sponge.

2. Use a polishing agent powder-coated metals, and you will restore the shine sooner than you once thought possible.

3. Give the polishing compound time to dry before you wipe it away and admire your work. When you are happy with the outcome, apply a coat of automobile wax to your powder-coated metal with a clean cloth.

4. Just like your car, take a dry part of your waxing cloth and buff until you can no longer see the wax residue and it starts to shine. This leaves behind a nice protective layer that protects the partition's coating, improves its appearance makes it easier to clean next time.

How to Fix Discoloration on Metal Bathroom Partitions

You can use baking soda and a soft rag to remove discoloration and rust and restore the look of your stalls. When you are ready to proceed, apply baking soda to the impacted areas of your stalls. 

You then use a wet cloth to wipe away the baking soda and reveal the restored metal underneath. Then dry before spraying olive oil on it. Olive oil removes streaks and offers a protective layer against further discoloration. You might discover that the removal process only fixes part of the discolored metal, so repeat the process as many times as you need to reach the desired outcome.

If cleaning doesn't help the discoloration, you may need to retouch the partition with paint. 

Remove Rust From the Base of Metal Bathroom Partitions

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Handle rust as soon as you spot it because it can weaken your stalls and eventually cause irreversible damage. You should take special care to keep an eye on the shoes at the bottom of pilasters where moisture can collect unnoticed. Fortunately, light rust can be removed relatively easily. Here are two ways:

1. Put baking soda over the rust stains, and scrub it with an old toothbrush to remove the rust and to make your stalls look better than ever. If you have stainless steel stalls, scrub toward the grain to avoid damage. 

2. Make Borax into a paste by adding lemon juice. Let the paste sit and do its work for 20-40 minutes and then wipe away. Repeat as needed.

3. Don't have cleaning products around? All you need is a vending machine. Pick up a Coca-cola and apply some of it to the rusted portion of the partition with a towel or napkin. Let it sit for up to an hour before cleaning it off. As you wait for it to eat away the rust, enjoy the rest of your soda.

Conclusion

The approach you use depends on the type of stalls you have and how dirty they are. While you can deep clean every few weeks or months, you must clean and disinfect your stalls each day for the best results. 

Keeping viruses and bacteria under control is your No. 1 priority because you don't want people getting sick. Take care of stains and scratches once you make sure your stalls are free of pathogens, and you should also handle rust as soon as you see it because it will cause additional damage over time. Create a regular cleaning routine to keep your bathroom in top shape for years to come.

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