Idea #4: The Asymmetric Cubicle

November 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm 3 comments

Here’s an idea that’s so obvious I think ‘idea’ might be stretching it.

The cubicle on the left is ‘normal’. The cubicle on the right has the toilet off-centre, positioned between the wall and sanitary bin.

I’ve never understood why the ladies’ toilets aren’t like this.

The best case result is a sanitary bin on one side, resulting in disgruntled women having to brush up against it. (The worst case is when it doesn’t even fit in the gap, so it’s behind the door and you can’t get in, McDonalds Clapham Junction, hmm?)

Now there’s always going to be a sanitary bin in every ladies cubicle, so why not design with that in mind?

Sometimes people have – these are the toilets where it’s built into the wall, creating far more space in the cubicle and a toilet utopia. Others may have the foresight to source the bins before building the walls or partitions to make sure they fit.

But even if they do fit, wouldn’t it still be better to reposition the toilet so that it’s central within the space that’s left?

(Incidentally this rule can be applied to huge toilet roll holders too)

Or am I missing something here?

Vote below! And don’t even think about voting no without telling me why in the comments!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CJ  |  January 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I believe in a lot cases when cleaners come to ‘clean’ sanitary bins they take the whole bin away, and leave a clean one in its place, so the putting it in a wall solution wouldn’t really work.

    It does seem a bit strange that the toilets themselves are not offset from the centre, as a man I can’t say I have ever had this problem though!

    • 2. Gail Knight  |  January 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      :) You’re lucky. It’s grim.

      I didn’t realise before, but often it’s the sanitary bin company that remove the bins, not the toilet attendant (because lady products are somehow too toxic for regular folk to deal with…).

      So it’s scheduled emptying, not ad hoc. No wonder why they’re always full.

  • 3. EA  |  June 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    So often they hang the big toilet roll holder on the wrong wall. You have to squeeze round it like a contortionist to get past the door and close it.

    I suspect that when they are installed someone opens the door, leans back against it, and fixes it on the easiest wall to reach. More logical would be on the same wall as the door-hinge , with the sanitary disposal unit under it (best use of vertical space) and the toilet placed assymetrically, so that we are not pressing one thigh against a bin full of other people’s debris.


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