The Real Reasons Why Public Toilet Doors Don’t Touch The Floor

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Have you ever been to a public toilet and wondered why there is such a huge gap in the door? What is that for? It gives you a lack of privacy as people can see your legs and know what you are doing. But, there are several reasons for this design choice. From being a way of knowing which stall is taken and which is empty to being an escape route. The large gap in public toilet doors is actually a very good design choice.

1It’s easier in case of an emergency

A health-related emergency situation can happen at any time even when you are on the public toilet. Had the doors on public toilets reached the floor it would be hard to know if the person inside is okay or not. Since the door is raised we can ask the person inside if they are okay and if they are not we can get them out.

Easier in case of an emergency

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2In case someone fainted

There have been many cases across the world of people fainting in their bathrooms and not being found for hours. This is something that needs to be avoided in public toilets. This is why there is so much space under the door. If someone has fainted or is unresponsive, they can be easily pulled out.

In case someone fainted

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3Construction is cheaper

Naturally, since the doors are not big the price for them is a lot less. Shorter doors cost less and so everyone goes with it. The price difference between a full door and a short one might not be that different but when you’re buying in bulk you will notice it.

Construction is cheaper

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4It helps let you know which stall is available

Another reason why stall doors are kept so short is that they let you know if they are occupied or not. Had stall doors been completely closed then you would have had to knock on the door to see if it was occupied or not. But now just a quick look to see if you see any feet and you know whether there is someone or not.

It helps let you know which stall is available

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5It helps keep the lines moving

When you walk into a public toilet and see feet under a stall door you know it is taken. So you move to the next one. Had stall doors been closed completely you would not know been able to know if someone is in or not. Everyone would have to knock to find out. This way it keeps the line moving fast.

It helps keep the lines moving

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