Imagine you’re sitting in a public bathroom stall, doing your business peacefully. Suddenly, a stranger accidentally peeks through the stall gap… It’s uncomfortable for both parties and finally being addressed.
Bathroom stalls everywhere are plagued with this problem: large gaps that allow people to peek inside.
There are two reasons for these gaps. They are caused by hardware engineering and occasionally poor installation. If the door is too close to the post, the edges will grind against each other every time the door is swung open. Ideally, there should be a small break between the door and the post to allow the door to swing fully.
If you have this problem with an existing toilet partition, we recommend using privacy strips.
How To Use Privacy Strips
Privacy strips are full-height T-shaped brackets that are installed between the gaps on either side of the door. They’re very effective because they’re the same height of the stall door and offers full concealment on either side of the door. A privacy strip is mounted behind the door hinge to allow the door to still swing fully.
On the other side of the door, there’s a two-inch-high hardware called the keeper. It keeps the door locked when you turn the knob. The privacy strip is installed in accordance with the keeper so that when the door closes, the strip completely blocks the gap on the keeper side of the door and still allows the lock to latch.
You probably don’t pay attention to bathroom stall privacy like we do, because we do it for a living. However, it’s a key aspect to making your guests feel comfortable when they need privacy the most. That’s why you want to look into adding privacy hardware to your existing stalls.