Bobrick’s Cubicle Collection and Adoption of the Term “Cubicle”

Photograph of a B-546 Toilet Tissue Dispenser

Our rep wasn’t even halfway through his presentation on the 2020 Bobrick catalog before the Partition Plus website team started whispering among themselves about which new items we wanted to post first. Believe it or not, we are that enthusiastic about online washroom accessory sales. There’d be further conversations about how to prioritize and present some of the new accessory models, but we all knew that Bobrick’s Cubicle Collection items should go up first.

Fast forward a few weeks: our website now features 80% of Bobrick’s newest products. We made additions in several washroom accessory categories (for example, waste receptacles and combo units), and you can navigate to all our Cubicle Collection product pages.

It occurred to us while building the new accessory pages that many of the new products were worthy of additional discussion in this blog. Specifically, we wanted to write about the Cubicle Collection for two reasons. The first being that the collection has a nifty look and makes the task of coordinating accessories very simple. The second reason was to discuss the collection’s name – particularly the usage of the term “cubicle.”

Now that the majority of the new-for-2020 Bobrick accessories are online (along with several other additions), we’ve had a chance to jot down our thoughts on the new Cubicle Collection. Read on for our impressions.

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Here’s What Happens After You Place Your Order

Graphic illustrating the wait for toilet partition delivery.

Waiting for delivery after placing an order is never fun. Whether you’re expecting a major purchase or just a pizza, the clock seems to slow down more and more as the ETA approaches. When it’s a package that’s coming, all vehicles within earshot start to sound like the UPS truck. You glance out the window. “Oh, it was just a school bus. Where could my stuff possibly be?” Sometimes, having a little bit of information can be worse than none at all: “I got an email that it’s out for delivery – I need to cancel my plans and rush home!”

The products that we sell aren’t typically available in stores, so the countdown to arrival is part of the process when ordering toilet partitions – and most washroom accessories. Many (if not most) shoppers we work with are in a hurry. As such, we make the anticipated timeline for bathroom stalls very clear in advance of accepting payment. Every day, we devote significant time and energy to tracking orders and contacting customers with relevant information.

We thought some additional information about the wait could be helpful – both eager customers and curious shoppers. And while we can’t eliminate this time, we do our best to make it brief and pleasant – like a child’s anticipation on Christmas Eve. 😀 Read on to learn more about what happens in the time that passes between placing your order and accepting delivery of toilet partitions.

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In Defense of Livable Public Restrooms

Photo of a ceramic statue of a frog using a cell phone while sitting on a toilet.

Given the purpose of our website – to inform shoppers about Partition Plus and the toilet partition products we sell – this blog rarely features topical content. No doubt, being timely and relevant is great. But there is very little breaking news in the Division 10 and bathroom stall industries. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to comment on this, though.

Earlier this week, Wired magazine’s UK website published an article about a new toilet intentionally designed to be uncomfortable to sit on. StandardToilet, the commode’s creator, hopes businesses will install the fixture to curb extended toileting time (presumably stemming from mobile device usage). Please take a minute to check out “The corporate poo patrol is coming after your precious toilet time” and read on for our reaction.

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How to Repair Scratched Toilet Partitions

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Over time, even the most carefully maintained toilet compartments will begin to accumulate scratches and light wear. While regular cleaning and sanitizing will significantly improve the appearance of toilet partitions, they will not prevent or address these surface marks. Fortunately, scratches rarely impact a partition’s effectiveness. Even better, repairing minor scratches in several common toilet partition materials is easy. In this post, we’ll look at repair strategies for laminate, phenolic, solid plastic, and stainless steel.

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“What’s blocking? Why do I need it?”

Planks of Lumber

Initially, toilet partitions might seem confusing. While we do our best to put customers at ease, this viewpoint is understandable. Despite being in the vast majority of restrooms, the general public rarely considers partitions …probably because they are practical necessities. They have no place in residential construction, so many DIYers and professional contractors are also unfamiliar with bathroom stalls. As with most products, toilet partitions come in many varieties. Understanding the differences and grasping the jargon can be a daunting task.

Toilet partitions are not complicated, however.

They serve a single central purpose: to provide reasonable amounts of privacy to an individual using a toilet. It is easy to tell an effective partition system apart from one badly designed, broken down, or poorly maintained. No specialized knowledge is required. After all, restroom partitions are a familiar sight with few moving parts. What you see is what you get! The concept of in-wall blocking typifies the “uncomplicated, but potentially confusing” nature of toilet partitions.

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Measurements & Drawings – What Do We Look For?

Green Measuring Tape

To provide an accurate quote, we need a few pieces of information about the bathroom where you plan to install the toilet partitions. Typically, we require the following:

  • Layout Style (and Position in the Room)
  • Number of Stalls
  • Overall Layout Width
  • Each Stall’s Width
  • Stall Depth
  • Door Swings

Also, we must know what material you’d like quoted and the street address where the materials will be delivered.

To shoppers unfamiliar with building materials – or inexperienced with measurement – this may seem daunting. In reality, the information is easily obtained and conveyed accurately. In this post, we’ll explain how to collect this information and how to send it to us. Read on to learn how simple the process is!

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Unleash the Beast with BeastWire Mesh Guarding

Unleash the Beast written on top of orange fur background

SpaceGuard Products – the manufacturer of the BeastWire mesh guarding system – promotes four main product lines under the brand: partitions, lockers, railing, and rack guards. Now you can read more about each solution without leaving the Partition Plus website. That’s right; we’ve updated our BeastWire product pages as part of our year-end content push!

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An Exciting Concept(a)

Rendered image showing the Hawa Concepta Pivot/Sliding Door Kit used to contain a kitchen pantry and cooking appliances.

We’ve recently expanded the Hawa sliding door hardware section of our website. Previously, visitors could learn about the most popular Hawa systems by reading technical information, browsing image galleries, and downloading PDF documents. Unfortunately, only the Junior series was available for purchase directly through our site. For customers to purchase other Hawa products – including the Concepta, Folding Concepta, Super series, and any accessories – a phone call or email was required. While we enjoy providing personal assistance with Hawa orders, we understand calls and emails are inconvenient for some customers.

With these new additions, shoppers can jump online, visit partitionplus.com, and quickly place an order for any of the following items: Hawa Concepta 25, Hawa Concepta 30, Hawa Concepta 40, Hawa Concepta 50, Hawa Folding Concepta 25, Concepta Door Pocket Kit, Concepta Back-to-Back Doors Pocket Kit, Concepta Folding Strengthening Profile, and Concepta Folding Bottom Profile.

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Name Game: Powder Coated, Baked Enamel, and Painted Steel

Person Powder Coating Metal

If you’re shopping for toilet partitions, you’ve likely read or heard the about “powder-coating,” “baked enamel,” and “painted steel.” For people outside the bathroom stall and building material industries, these terms often are unfamiliar. Furthermore, their usage is sometimes inconsistent across different manufacturers and retailers. And worst of all, having a slip of the tongue and accidentally misusing these bits of jargon is very easy.

We strive to make the toilet partition buying process straightforward and enjoyable. With that goal in mind, we’ve assembled this post for anyone confused by “powder-coating,” “baked enamel,” and “painted steel.” Continue reading for more information about these closely related phrases, and the meaningful distinctions between them.

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HDPE Against the World

Boxing Glove Photo captioned It's a Showdown

Our strong relationships with several leading toilet partition manufacturers mean we can offer a wide variety of products at excellent prices. It also gives us the flexibility to accommodate tight timelines and special requests. In other words, we have options when addressing the challenges customers bring to us.

Many manufacturers choose a particular material or style as their focus while simultaneously producing other types of bathroom stalls. For instance, a firm may specialize in high privacy partitions but also make standard, powder-coated steel stalls. As you might expect, manufacturers support their areas of specialty with marketing and communication efforts.

We recently came across an article discussing the advantages of HDPE solid plastic when compared with phenolic and composite toilet partition materials. While a manufacturer specializing in high-density polyethylene wrote the report, an independent party conducted the testing and comparisons cited. We thought it would be interesting to present our interpretation of this ‘partition material showdown,’ given that we actively sell all three materials. Read on to see how HDPE compares to the rest of the pack.

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