Pros and Cons of DIY Bathroom Stall Doors
When designing the bathroom in your business, you have the option to buy bathroom partitions or build your own bathroom stall doors. DIY bathroom doors have become popular over the last decade because of the increase in rustic and industrial designs. Business owners opt for some simple plywood or refurbished metal to fit into their rough-around-the-edges design scheme. While these doors may look good at first glance, they have some hidden problems you need to be aware of.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of DIY bathroom stall doors so you can make the best choice for your building.
Pro – Design Creativity
With DIY doors, you can make them look like almost anything. If you want the doors to look like old barn doors, you can do that. If you want them to look like ornate works of art, you can do that too. Restroom partitions do not offer as much flexibility, though they do come in a range of colors and design patterns. If you want the look of natural stone or stainless steel, you can get that in a fabricated restroom partition.
Con – Inappropriate Materials
Bathrooms have high levels of humidity and heavy traffic volumes. The materials used in these bathrooms must withstand this kind of abuse. Many DIY bathroom stall doors are not made with appropriate materials, so they eventually rust, splinter, stain or worse. For instance, if wood is not treated properly, it can trap mold spores or warp from the humidity in the restroom. You will never have to worry about that with manufactured restroom partitions.
Pro – Unique Appearance
Because of the unlimited design creativity of DIY doors, you can get a unique appearance unlike any other. This may set you apart from other businesses in the area. However, these supposedly ‘unique’ doors have become quite popular, which means they are no longer a wow factor for a business. Chances are your clients have already seen something similar, so you may not get the reaction you’re hoping for.
Con – Difficult Maintenance
Manufactured restroom partitions are designed to be easy to clean. Most restroom partition materials are resistant to fingerprints, water, dirt, and more. The materials used for DIY doors may not be as low-maintenance. Even if they do not show fingerprints initially, they will hold on to the grease left behind. Over time, this will create a noticeably dirty area of the door from hundreds of fingers and palms. This will detract from the beauty of the doors.
Pro – Cheaper to Install
One reason why many business owners opt for DIY stall doors is because they are usually cheaper than manufactured partitions. Small town bars and restaurants are most known for this approach, though there are other businesses that use DIY doors. Even though they are cheaper upfront, DIY bathroom stalls do not last as long as professionally made ones. In the end, you will spend more on DIY doors due to constant repairs and replacements.
Con – Cheaper Look
No matter how much experience you have, making your own bathroom stall doors is not going to result in a professional finish. If the handmade look is what you’re going for, great. If not though, customers are going to be put off by the poor craftsmanship. With manufactured restroom partitions, you will always have a clean, professional look that resonates well with clients.
Are DIY Bathroom Stall Doors Right for Your Business?
While there are some advantages to DIY bathroom stall doors, the cons outweigh the pros. You are much better off investing in proper restroom partitions that will last a long time and look great year after year. Contact WR Hardware to learn about your restroom partition options. We’ll help you design the perfect stalls for your business.