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Restroom Stalls: An Overview

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Here at Restroom Stalls and All, we've been in the toilet partition and toilet accessories industry for years. In that time, we've learned a lot about what goes into making a restroom a pleasurable experience. It's something we use every day, and yet also give very little thought about.Here, we'd like to give a quick overview of the history of the toilet, public restroom, and the modern restroom stall.


The indoor toilet started as a luxury some time in the 19th century. However, public lavatories as a concept have been around for millennia. Ancient civilizations made many advances in lavatory technology:

The wealthy of ancient Egypt had toilets made of limestone with sand filled containers underneath that were used to empty the excrement. In the Indus Valley after 2,600 BC, streets with networks of sewer systems were built on a grid pattern, and water flushing toilets were used. In the middle ages, toilets were often built over rivers, or connected to a castle moat, where the refuse could drain.

More modern advancements in toilet technology started with Sir John Harrington in 1596, who invented a flushing lavatory system with a cistern. Unfortunately, this new technology didn't catch on until the mid 18th century, and didn't become common until the 19th century. 

Before public restrooms became common place, restroom stall dividers did not exist. Only once they had become popularized in Victorian London did modern concepts of decency necessitate their invention.

The history of the toilet and public restroom isn't done evolving yet. Bathroom segregation issues are now a hot button topic in politics. Toilet technology is also continuing to make advances.

Modern Restroom Stalls

Nowadays, with public restrooms being a part of everyday life, the idea of a public restroom without restroom stalls seems absurd. For businesses, this means investing in high quality restroom stall materials that not only provide privacy, but are aesthetically pleasing, stand up to vandalism, and are easy to clean as well. Here at Restroom Stalls and All, every one of our toilet partition options meets each and every one of these requirements. Our restroom stall material options include:

  • Phenolic Black Core — known for durability, repelling water, and easy cleaning
  • Phenolic Color Thru — damage resistant, low maintenance, and a unique aesthetic
  • Powder Coated Steel — cost effective, resistant to vandalism, no pollutant manufacturing emissions
  • Solid Plastic — durable, doesn't absorb smells or moisture, fire rated options
  • Plastic Laminate — resistance to rust, dents, and grease and has multiple design options
  • Stainless Steel — style, durability, and resistance to smudges

In the business world, the quality of your restroom stalls and accessories reflects the professionalism that you show to your customers. Here at Restroom Stalls and All, we are dedicated to providing only top quality restroom stalls and accessories. If you have any questions about our products, or which products would best suit your specific needs, please don't hesitate to give us a call today. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.