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Who hasn’t complained about a public bathroom at one point or another?

Whether it be the lack of hand soap, out-of-order hand dryers, or the fact that it looks like it’s been hit by a tornado, the number of times we’re unsatisfied with the condition of public restrooms is probably more than we can count.

But have you ever sat there and wondered why the people who built the bathroom stalls didn’t think it was important to hide our feet? Here are 8 reasons why it’s actually necessary public stalls don’t touch the floor.

It’s safer. The ability to see if someone is having an emergency or is passed out could be crucial if they need to be tended to quickly. In a fully obscured stall, it could be a while before someone needing medical attention is discovered.

To keep the line moving along. How many times do we peak under a stall to see if it’s occupied? If the stall was fully closed, we’d be forced to knock to see if it’s being used.

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You can’t get trapped inside. Having stalls with open bottoms is a peace of mind to anyone who is uncomfortable in small, tight spaces and has a tendency to map out their escape.

It’s cheaper. Simple stalls can be used in any room, but floor-to-ceiling private stalls would require custom fitting and can cost twice as much to build.

It makes the bathroom easier to clean. If someone is pressed for time, having the bottom of bathroom stalls open allows for easier mopping and power-cleaning.

It allows you to “call a friend.” How else would we get someone to pass the toilet paper without the saving grace that is the bottom of the bathroom stall?


Less privacy. Sounds a little strange, but people are less likely to vandalize or engage in inappropriate behavior if they feel like people can see them, or identify them based on their footwear.

Air circulation is key. Having an open stall is more likely to keep the stall, and in turn, the bathroom, fresh.


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