Bad bathroom design

by Natalie P.

November 18, 2009 | Filed Under Lifestyles of the Heartlessly Bitchy, Random Silliness | 1 Comment

The tenets of good design don’t just extend to the web.  Virtually everything we use every day is subject to some kind of design process.  And perhaps it is because I have seen my share of odd and unusual bathrooms this week (including one I labelled the “claustrophobia closet”), that I feel compelled to share my views on some elements of women’s bathroom design that really bug me:

1) toilet stalls that are so small you have to straddle the toilet to open or close the stall door.
2) small bathrooms that put the sink on one side of the toilet and the paper towels on the other side. This leads to people dripping water all over the toilet seat after washing their hands.
3) motion-activated hand dryers in general – WHO designed these things? Every single one I have used, I swear, has the infrared sensor for your hands at the back, by the wall, and no where NEAR pointing to the stream of air that actually blows out of the thing. The net effect is that it shuts off the moment you move your hands INTO the airstream. *argh*.
4) and while we are on the subject of infrared, bathrooms where all the infrared taps don’t work except maybe ONE, and again, where it detects your hands, is NOT where the water stream actually comes down.
5) stalls with no hook for a coat
6) stalls with broken door latches – how hard is it to fix these things, or design ones that don’t break?
7) and finally, my biggest pet bathroom peeve:  overly sensitive infrared toilet flushers that go off prematurely with the force of a hurricane if you move at all while on the john.

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  1. Kris November 28, 2009 8:01 pm

    I would add to the list the stall doors that have a 1″ Peeping Tom slot on both sides when closed. It is hard enough to do one’s business without having to pull one’s shirt over their knees to block the shot, so to speak. Large peeve of mine.


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