Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Stall that Doesn't Disappoint

One of my long running pet peeves is the blatant ignorance that seems to always go into designing a bathroom stall. Of the many problems (no hooks behind the door, stall too narrow, stall to large, toilet to high or low, rolls that will not roll) by far the worst in my opinion is the toilet paper dispenser placement. It never fails that although you must pull the paper out the bottom of the dispenser, it is always bolted to the wall at knee level. This results in bending yourself in two while desperately trying to pull the paper out straight so it doesn't rip as well as trying to keep the two inches that are free of the dispenser from mopping the ground. Of course, this is all in foot-gap view of the occupant in the next stall.

Yesterday I found it. I could not believe my eyes. After years of searching, I have finally found a stall with correct proportions, a proper toilet, and a toilet paper dispenser that I could pull from without joining the circus!

I did not check for changing tables. I didn't want to ruin their batting average.


  1. DAMIE!!!!!!! This is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves and I cannot understand it. The only thing I've been able to determine is that they MUST be designed by men because when do men ever use a toilet stall? They stand in front of a porcelain hole and pee - no need for doors, no need for walls, no need for toilet paper. So how on earth would they know how to design a bathroom for women? Idiots - just ask.

    My next biggest bathroom pet peeve: Changing tables in the women's restroom but not the men's. Okay, actually, I'm not sure if that annoys me more or if the absence of any changing table altogether does. Regardless, neither should be tolerated.

  2. That dispenser height is so prevalent in my workplace that I think it must be on purpose, and I can't figure out who would find an advantage to that. Soooo aggravating. I'm a male, by the way, and plenty of men use the stalls, at least where I work, for the obvious reasons... and then don't wash their hands. I think we should all be allowed to throw things at people who don't wash their hands after using the restroom. Or at least install a "I washed my hands" separate door handle for those that were trained in proper hygiene.