A commercial restroom partition consists of three separate components connected together by mounting hardware. Understanding the relationship of these components will enable you to better plan your restroom layout.
What you visualize when you hear the word “commercial restroom partition” is actually the panel portion of the restroom stall. The panel runs from the wall to the entrance to the stall, separating it from the adjacent stall(s). Panels have to be sufficiently sturdy to mount accessories like grab bars for ADA compliance, toilet tissue dispensers, toilet seat covers, and napkin disposal units. Panels should also be resistant to graffiti and impact, and ideally they should be easy to clean with standard maintenance supplies.
Based on the word “pillar,” the pilasters form the front entrance to the bathroom stall. Like architectural pillars, pilasters stabilize commercial restroom partitions by mounting either to the floor, the ceiling, or a brace that runs above the panels and attaches to the wall. Pilasters have to be tough enough to bear the weight of the panels and the door, and they have to remain stable to support the entire structure.
The door is attached to the pillar on side side and shuts against the opposing pillar. Different types of latches are used to lock the door when the user is inside. Most doors are hinged on the right and latch on the left, although this can be reverse in certain restroom stalls per architectural request. Doors have be tough because they experience the most wear and tear and the highest incidents of accidental impacts.
When choosing commercial restroom partitions, always opt for a material that will not split along the edges of panels, pilasters, and doors. Solid partitions, like those made from plastic and phenolic, are becoming increasingly popular for this reason.
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