Designing a bathroom for a business is not exactly the same as doing it for a home. There are little things, a few differences that must be kept in mind.
Failure to consider these lends itself to bad bathroom design, making your clients and customers very uncomfortable. That discomfort might spread into their dealings with you, and that affects your bottom line.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the physical details you want to keep in mind to prevent this from happening. Thanks to our friends from AS Reno Solutions for this info!
First, there’s the matter of space. You don’t want the bathroom to be so constrained that multiple people are unable to move around freely. You might even want to expand the space so there is enough room for a wheelchair to turn comfortably.
Despite technically being a public space, you want the bathroom to be private enough that people are comfortable there. This means you need to have enough space that they’re not grinding against each other.
Whether it’s the women’s or men’s bathroom, there needs to be one that’s designated for disabled people. Sometimes, the best way to do this is to have a separate one for people with disabilities.
If this is not possible due to space constraints, the alternate solution is to give one bathroom stall more space. This gives wheelchair-bound users more room to move, while also keeping it available for the use of others.
You need to have a number of stalls equivalent to the expected number of people you intend to serve.
It’s safe to assume that at any given time, you’ll have two to three people in a bathroom at once. During certain times of day, that can go as high as five to seven. You’ll want to account for that, so you don’t have long lines forming.
Of course, the women’s bathroom is probably going to have a bit of a line anyway, but you can’t really help that. Unless you want to double the size it takes up and add more stalls, but that just runs into the same issues that making more roads does – induced demand.
You also want hand dryers to be motion-activated or touch-free.
This is for cleanliness and hygiene because nobody really wants to press a button that thousands of others have pressed before. It may sound paranoid or overly concerned, but it’s better to stay on the safe side. The average person won’t get sick over it, but it isn’t entirely unheard of.
It’s recommended that you apply that same technology to the faucets. This is because when you’re washing your hands, you want to get rid of real or perceived dirt on them. Either way, you don’t want to be getting that on something that other people will touch.
Finally, it pays to make sure that you get regular cleaning done. A commercial or business bathroom sees more use than one at home. That means there’s more dirt, more odds of something failing to work, and more need to keep up the appearance of being spotless.