In a fully enclosed stall, if a person fainted or had a health problem that left them unconscious, it would take a long time before someone noticed it. Instead, it would be easier to notice a person who passed out in a stall with a gap at the bottom. Also, a first responder can slip through the gap and unlock the door from the inside without having to break it down.
The lack of privacy in public toilets also prevents people from doing things in the stall that they shouldn’t be doing. The characteristics of the doors allow for a higher level of surveillance and prevention of inappropriate behavior.
4. The construction is cheaper.
Building partitions that extend from the floor to the ceiling requires a more precise design and the use of various materials, which would increase the total cost. For a business owner, it will always be more cost effective to buy and install doors with gaps.
In a fully enclosed bathroom it becomes difficult for unpleasant odors to disappear. With gaps above and under the bathroom stalls, air circulates much better and bad smells disappear faster.
6. It’s easy to see if it’s available.
If the stall is fully enclosed, we always risk experiencing an awkward moment when trying to open a stall that is occupied or having to hold it from the other side, whichever is worse. With the gap below the door, a person can see if the toilet is vacant or not.
7. It’s a possible escape route.
Imagine that the lock jams: if the stall is fully-enclosed and the place is too noisy, you would spend hours waiting for someone to notice. However, if there’s a gap under a bathroom stall, you can easily escape by crawling under it.
8. It keeps the line moving.
When the doors aren’t fully enclosed, the lack of privacy makes the visitors feel like they have to do their private business faster, which speeds up the traffic.
9. You can share toilet paper easier.