High Privacy Partitions: Two Sides of the Story

Photograph of a private sign.

There is a predominant trend towards higher privacy toilet partitions. This trend is nothing new. For many years, end users complained about big gaps between doors and pilasters, as well as the height of panels off the floor. Slowly, builders and facility operators began purchasing bathroom stalls with no-sightline hardware and higher panels and doors (that reduce the potential for seeing above and below toilet stalls). An overseas privacy focus led to the emergence of a “European style” partition that is synonymous with increased privacy. Now matters have reached critical mass, and there is an expectation for heightened privacy of some sort on every partition project. But, there are two sides to this story. As with any choice, there are some (small) negatives associated with high privacy toilet partitions.

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With Bobrick, Soap Dispensing is Automagic!

With Bobrick, Soap Dispensing is Automagic!Automatic soap dispensers help patrons avoid contact with potentially contaminated bathroom surfaces. With growing concern about bathroom articles, such as hand dryers, harboring and spreading germs, restroom users are beginning to expect the touch-free operation of commodes, urinals, faucets, hand dryers, and automatic dispensing of soap, paper towels, and other consumables.

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Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Modified photograph of rusted partition and urinal.

The expression in week’s blog title should come as no surprise to any seasoned facility manager. After all, it applies exceptionally well to the case of outfitting and operating shared use spaces – especially public restrooms. We at Partition Plus have seen it demonstrated tens of dozens of times. It is an unfortunate reality that most human beings don’t treat shared resources as carefully as private resources. Accepting this is sometimes difficult, as we would all like to save the money, time, and worry associated with planning for others’ carelessness.

Assuming you accept this as truth, how should you respond? As it relates to bathroom planning and toilet partitions, the best course of action is to choose a more robust material when outfitting your restroom. Read on for an example and explanation.

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Looking for Wooden Stalls? Consider Phenolic or Laminate

Plastic laminate and phenolic stalls are a great alternative to expensive wood partitions. Laminate and phenolic are available in a range of imitation wood patterns. It is possible to stain wood in pine, oak, or walnut tones with relative ease. But achieving ebony, bamboo, or ash colorations could require significant amounts of time and money. Where laminate and phenolic are concerned, exotic wood finishes are typically no more expensive than standard colors.

An image showing several wood grain examples.

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Let’s Learn Locker Lingo, Lesson II

Line drawing showing examples of commercial locker terms.

First, we discussed basic terms associated with purchasing lockers. Those terms help us understand how individual storage compartments constitute tiers, that are part of frames, that are part of banks. TL;DR: “Lockers” are individual, lockable compartments with doors. Tiers describe the number of compartments stacked vertically within a frame. Frames are joined side-by-side to make up banks. And banks are typically assembled before being brought to the installation site and put in place. Locker Installations typically require multiple banks.

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Let’s Learn Locker Lingo

Line drawing of locker fronts set against multicolored background.

Whether it was 30 years ago in school, or earlier this week at the gym, almost everyone has used a commercial locker. You know the basic parts: the combination lock, the lift-to-open lever, the swinging door, and the hooks inside. But that is where your knowledge ends. And that is more than sufficient… for most locker users.

However, if you’re shopping for storage lockers for your organization or business (which may very well be the case, if you are reading this), knowing a bit more than the basics will be helpful. Lockers for students, athletes, employees, or business patrons share similar parts and designs. Keep reading for an explanation of those locker details, from the locker experts at Partition Plus.

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Don’t Let Locker Assembly Knock You Down

Partition Plus sells a variety of lockers. You have your choice of size, design, material, and other options. One of the options (for metal lockers) is to purchase them “knocked down”, rather than assembled. KD lockers, as they are sometimes known, arrive as kits that must be bolted together during installation. Read on for more about KD lockers.

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The Right Tools for the Job

Composite image of a painting of construction tools.

Partition Plus not only furnishes bathroom stalls (and many other necessary restroom products), but we also install these items if desired. Many of our online customers, especially those purchasing smaller bathroom partition configurations (just one or two stalls), opt to install their partitions themselves.

This is perfectly reasonable, given a few basic conditions. 1) DIY installers should have some familiarity with building materials. 2) An assistant should be available to help with larger components before and during installation. 3) Plenty of time should be left for the project. 4) Proper tools must be gathered before beginning work. Installation requires more than household hand tools.

Make sure you have the necessary tools on hand so your finished bathroom stalls look like a masterpiece. Read on for a list of essentials!

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