We need to talk about toilets. They may not be a popular topic of conversation, but the reason to bring them up is that many business owners are caught short and underestimate their importance. In fact, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any business facility. From hotels, restaurants and bars to showrooms, shops and offices in Sydney, the state of a business’s bathroom not only affects employee health and wellbeing but also how they are viewed by clients.
Your bathroom says a lot about your company overall. A dirty, poorly designed and maintained restroom is a turnoff that will annoy customers. If your bathroom makes users shudder and wish their shoes could wear shoes, it’s probably about time for a renovation. The cost of a fresh, modern, upgraded commercial bathroom will pay dividends by providing greater comfort, improving your business image and boosting staff morale. You may also benefit from the energy and water savings. And with the right materials and quality workmanship, it will last you for many years to come.
If you’re thinking about giving your commercial bathroom a makeover in Sydney, here is some design inspiration to get you started.
Embrace modern commercial bathroom technologies
If you haven’t updated your commercial bathroom in a while, then chances are you’re missing out on technologies that can improve personal hygiene and save you money. By employing sensor technologies, you can reap the benefits of lower water usage. Sensor-activated taps and toilet flushes mean that water is emitted for a limited amount of time per use. Sensors can also be installed so that lights only come on when someone is in the room, which can make an agreeable dent in your electricity bill.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, most people didn’t want to touch anything in a public washroom. Allay their fear of germs and help reduce the spread of dirt and bacteria with as many touchless features as possible such as sensor-activated hand dryers, soap dispensers and touchless toilets. Going hands-free can also save you thousands of dollars over time on soap and paper towel use.
Ensure your bathrooms are disability-friendly
People with disabilities shouldn’t have to make do with uncomfortable commercial bathrooms that are difficult to navigate and use. It deprives them of their independence. According to Australia’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992, this would be discriminatory because it imposes “less favourable conditions on a person with a disability in entering premises or using facilities.”
A good accessible bathroom should let mobility-impaired individuals use it as independently as possible. Fortunately, there are so many ways you can upgrade your washroom facilities to make life easier, safer and more independent for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. They include adding raised toilet seats, grab bars, a toilet alarm system, mixer taps to prevent scalding, a wheelchair-accessible washbasin with space beneath the sink and ensuring there is enough room for a wheelchair to turn within a stall. If you have shower facilities, include a seat and grab bars.
Think About Foot Traffic
One of the most important questions to ask about your commercial public bathroom is just how public it will be. Think about how many users you expect to be using the facilities during busy periods. This will give you a clear indication of how many toilets and sinks you will need and will obviously vary depending on the nature of your business. For example, if you’re a popular restaurant in a shopping mall, your needs will be different from those of a small office with only a handful of employees.
Among the considerations are the number of vanity units, cubicles and urinals. Ideally, the number you install should correlate to the largest number of people you expect to use the bathroom. That is, if your busy times are regular occurrences, not one-offs.
When deciding fixtures and floorings, keep in mind your commercial bathroom will see a lot more traffic than your home bathroom does. Therefore, the materials you use should be durable enough to handle larger volumes of people.
Consider features to improve functionality and convenience
The little details can make a big impression when doing a commercial washroom makeover. It is not just about looks, but also about functionality. Consider hooks for suit jackets and shopping bags and ledges to place handbags and files. It’s unhygienic to leave belongings on the floor. Install paper towels or hand dryers close to the sinks, so people don’t have to traipse across the restroom with wet hands dripping on the floor. This might cause others to slip and fall. For privacy purposes, add a wall to separate urinals. Ensure that the doors of other toilets are tight fitting with no wide gaps. A commercial bathroom is a public space, but we all want our privacy.
Get expert advice for your commercial bathroom renovation
While the tips in this article will hopefully help you with your commercial bathroom design, the job is a complex one that is best left to the professionals. In addition to various requirements such as accessibility, you’ll need to ensure you have the appropriate fixtures and materials that are durable, attractive, and that give you your money’s worth.
You know your business better than anyone else, but by collaborating with commercial bathroom specialists such as DCON Group, you’ll combine your expertise with our industry know-how and experience to give you the most attractive and functional design that makes the best use of the space.
Contact the team at DCON Group to get a free, no-obligation quote for your commercial bathroom renovation in Sydney. Please, check out our Sydney commercial bathroom renovation service to find out more about what we can do for you. Then call us on 02 8999 7683.