Choosing restroom partitions for different types of
office buildings is based on factors specific to restroom floor plans themselves
and the nature of the building itself.
Restroom specifics include the size of the bathroom, the height of the
ceiling, and the constitution of the floor. Building specifics include the nature of
the establishment(s) it houses, the overall budget for its construction, and the
level of interior décor it demands.
The first thing to
determine is partition mounting style.
The second determination is the material constitution of the
There are four major
styles that architects can choose from when designing their floor plans. The most popular option is the flour
mounted, overhead braced design.
This anchors the
divider to the floor and reinforces it with a brace that runs along the ceiling
and anchors to the wall. This style
is recommended for heavy usage areas that see frequent traffic throughout the
For very high traffic
areas, the floor to ceiling style gives bathroom
partitions the maximum rigidity.
This works for ceiling sup to 10 feet high and with floors that have a
minimum 3 inch concrete base.
restroom partitions are suitable for lower traffic areas or for
ceilings higher than 10 feet. They
are obviously easier to clean because they are lower to the ground. They require a 3 inch minimum concrete
base to anchor to the floor.
partitions are used in smaller restrooms where the ceiling is only 8
feet high or lower. This mounting
style makes it easier for cleaning crews to clean the floor areas in tight
that anchor to the ceiling require pre-installed structural supports in the
ceilings. This may limit options for certain
remodeling projects where the ceilings lack this reinforcement. We can easily see here that the actual
floor plan of the restroom, the nature of the floor, the constitution of the
floor and the ceiling, and the
height of the ceiling determine which mounting style is best suited for a
As to the materials
that the restroom partitions are actually made from, the nature of the building
and the overall available budget determine these choices. Prices range considerably from the low
end baked enamel bathroom dividers to the high end solid plastic and decorative
fusion granite partitions.
For smaller office
buildings and commercial office parks, budgets are often tight and suite sizes
are relatively small. With low
traffic in the restrooms, the less expensive baked enamel or plastic laminate
partitions will work just fine.
Provided they are properly cleaned per manufacturer instructions, they
can be expected to last for years.
steel restroom partitions represent the mid-range price points available to
larger buildings with larger construction budgets. They are more durable than baked enamel
or plastic laminate and better suited to heavy traffic environments. They are also much more decorative. Stainless steel in particular has a
clean, professional look that looks good in the bathroom of any mid-sized
For skyscrapers that
house banks, financial services companies, and offices of major corporations,
high-end bathroom partitions are recommended. These can be made from solid plastic
that is the hardest substance to damage, and that is also highly decorative in
that it can be order in a wide range of color options to match interior
For a touch of added
sophistication bordering on luxury, architects can also invest infusion
granite restroom partitions that match granite exteriors, stone floors, and
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