Measurements & Drawings – What Do We Look For?

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!

Once you have a firm understanding of the information you need to collect, the process of measuring a bathroom is straightforward.

Layout Style

The first step is to determine your layout. In this case, the layout describes the position of the toilets (and corresponding partitions) within the bathroom. The vast majority of bathrooms use either a left-handed or right-handed version of one of the following arrangements:

While the number of stalls and proportions may not match your bathroom exactly, it should be easy to tell your layout by comparing it to these images.

Number of Stalls

Determining the number of stalls is, by far, the most accessible information we require. Just count the number of commodes installed in the bathroom. Each toilet will require one stall.

Overall Layout Width

The overall layout width is a measurement of the size of a group of adjacent stalls. In the image shown below, it is the distance shown in red.

Each Stall’s Width

In addition to the overall width of the layout, we need each stall’s width. This information is necessary because toilets are not always regularly spaced. ADA compartments are wider than standard stalls, for instance. In some circumstances, plumbing quirks result in an irregular distance between non-ADA toilets.

Standard toilet stalls are 36″ wide, at minimum. ADA stalls are at least 60″ wide, measured from the stall’s interior.

Stall Depth

A stall’s depth is another relatively easy measurement to understand and record. It is the distance from the stall’s back wall (which is usually part of the building) to the front (typically, the location of the door).

The standard interior depth for both regular and ADA stalls is 60″. Often, all stalls in a row will have the same depth. In some cases, depths are staggered. Frequently, staggering results from ADA stalls “bumping out,” making them deeper than the other standard stalls.

Providing Measurements for Stalls in New Construction

If you’re purchasing partitions for a renovated space or newly constructed bathroom, you may not be able to provide all of the information noted above. After all, there won’t be any existing stalls to measure. As it turns out, the measurement process is just slightly different, not more difficult.

  • Note the general position of the toilets in the room. They are against which wall? If they form a row, does it begin in a particular corner?
  • How many toilets? Each fixture will require one stall.
  • Measure the distance between toilets in a row, and the distance from the outside toilets to the nearest walls. These numbers give us the equivalent of the “Overall Layout Width” and “Each Stall’s Width” measurements in bathrooms with stalls.
  • Measure the overall dimensions of the room so that a stall depth can be determined. Knowing the distance from the wall behind the toilets to the wall in front of the toilets is crucial.
  • Include information about doors, windows, pipes, ducts, radiators, sinks, urinals, hand dryers, towel dispensers, fixed waste receptacles, and baby changing stations in your sketch, if you foresee these items interfering with the stall layout.

Shoppers are often hesitant to create a sketch themselves – doubting their ability to draw. Fortunately, we are not judging anyone’s artistic talent. The illustration below is a perfect example of a simple drawing that gives us all the information we need to create a layout and provide pricing. It took just a few minutes to draw it, photograph it, and send it via email.

If you have question about what measurements you should provide, or how you should get them to us, please call Partition Plus at 800-298-9696 or email us at sales@partitionplus.com.