Portable toilet units are usually designed with doors that allow users to enter and privately handle their business. Dimensions for these doors may differ based on several factors like the type of event, the specification of the unit, and a variety of other reasons.
The door is an essential feature of these facilities, and attention may often be placed on their functionality. Such as their ability to safely lock and indicate to other users on the occupancy state of the unit. We are reminded that the functional requirements of a door comprise its resistance to weather, durability, privacy, and resistance to the passage of sound and heat. We’ve come to expect these characteristics as the least for most doors in a toilet or other parts of a building.
As earlier stated, the dimensions of a public toilet door are not usually heralded. We fail to notice these door dimensions until it stands in the way of our overall toilet experience. The height and width of the door become a central feature in our conversations after we or someone may have had a challenging time making the door work for them as expected. Did you ever recall the door’s colour or design when you last used a public portable toilet? Maybe the handle, style of lock, colour, or sound it made when opened or closed? We guess that the answer will be no, 9 out of 10 times.
Why are the portable toilet door dimensions critical?
Portable toilet facilities are usually used at music festivals, construction sites, running events, etc. Here are some reasons why a mobile toilet door dimension is essential.
Inclusive design: The world demands a more inclusive design process for products. Portable toilets are not excluded from this design philosophy as a well-thought-out process will ensure all potential users are catered for during their use of the units. A poorly designed toilet with an unsuitable dimension will deter people living with a disability from accessing these units. Disable toilet doors are usually expected to be at least 900m and required to open outwards.
Health and safety: Portable toilet doors that are less generous in size will likely attract minor door-related accidents. Users may misjudge the height of the door and hit their heads against the door post or experience a similarly related incident. When these units are built with doors around the average dimensions, the users are in line for a better toilet experience.
The portable site toilet with a door height of 1118mm and width of 639 mm
From a height perspective, 1975 mm translates into 6.48 feet, which will suit most users. For example, in the 2021-2022 NBA season, the average basketball player’s height was 6’6″ tall (198.6cm). While this is an extreme example as this figure towers over the average heights of males and females in a given country or location. An average NBA player will only have to make a slight adjustment to access the site toilets. The average height of men and women in the UK is 5ft 9in (175.3cm) and 5ft 3in tall (161.6cm), respectively. A portable site unit with a door height of 1118mm (6.48 ft) will be more than suitable for the UK population and many around the world.
The dimension of a portable toilet door could make the difference between a poor and a great toilet experience.
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